It used to be that people made headlines when they protested demolitions in downtown Charleston.

Now? It's a headline when there is a demolition and no one protests.

Preservation are us.

Last week, a 1950s-era house on lower King Street was razed. That in itself was a headline -- not because it was an historic gem that shouldn't have been touched, but because demolitions are rare downtown.

Even more, the headline on Robert Behre's architecture column proclaimed real news: No one protested.

This is, after all, the same community that has regularly protested the demolition of buildings that appear to be held together with a nail and a prayer.

Preservation is no longer news. It's an ideal that is firmly planted in Charleston's conscience where it belongs.

And just in case you're thinking the real news is that Charleston no longer has the constitution to care if its old buildings are destroyed, think again: The small building behind the house that was torn down at 36 King Street has been preserved.

There was no campaign to save that structure because no one considered taking it down. That might have been because of its historic and architectural value. Some details suggest it is one of the city's oldest surviving structures.

Or maybe the owner just didn't want to face the protest that would definitely have been loud -- and successful.