The Living Quarters, Circa 1820

The Living Quarters, Circa 1820

These photographs had to be black and white. The light from the windows gave shadows and textures perfect for this.

The Living Quarters, Circa 1820
The Living Quarters, Circa 1820

This is the living quarters of the Aiken-Rhett house in Charleston. As the saying goes ‘too poor to paper, too proud to whitewash’. At least that was true after the Civil War. Before that the owner was a wealthy person, governor of South Carolina, and a member of the US congress.

The Living Quarters, Circa 1820
The Living Quarters, Circa 1820

Wallpaper, wooden finishes, and plaster work is original. In places the damage from hurricanes is clearly visible.

The Living Quarters, Circa 1820
The Living Quarters, Circa 1820

One of the striking things here is the size and height of the ceilings. This building must have been impossible to keep warm, and without a cross breeze it is stifling.

Given all that it was one of the most impressive homes in the US prior to the 1860’s.

2 thoughts on “The Living Quarters, Circa 1820”

    1. There are several in Charleston like this. They are ‘preserved’ to allow people to see the original design, wallpaper, etc.

      If the old house were to be renovated or even conserved many of the original woodworks, flooring, etc would be removed. A catch 22 .

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