These photographs had to be black and white. The light from the windows gave shadows and textures perfect for this.
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.
Wallpaper, wooden finishes, and plaster work is original. In places the damage from hurricanes is clearly visible.
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.