I was hooked after the first old house we visited here, even before leaving New England.
The older buildings in Charleston have many of the same architects we know from the monuments and government buildings in Washington DC. There was wealth here before the US Civil War. Tiffany & Co. even had an office and designers in Charleston.
From 1800 until around 1862 the only thing left to spend money on was a person’s home. Make it grander than your neighbors. And they did.
All the photographs here are from a single home, Nathaniel Russell a merchant and trader (of enslaved people).
This is one of many buildings in town listed with National Historic Registry.
FYI, it’s not so easy now doing indoor shoots like these. Masks fog up everything.
Charleston, South Carolina.