Category Archives: Shooting A Grand Old House

Found Exploring

What was once an extraordinary house, in a South Carolina small town. It still is, just needs a little work.

Driving by it was like a magnet.  Was the Pigeons in the window?

Found Exploring
Found Exploring

First and second floors were occupied, maybe even part of the top.

Found Exploring
Found Exploring

I take that back, the upstairs was definitely occupied.

Found Exploring
Found Exploring

The last thing that caught my eye, and demanded we stop and explore was the guardian.

Found Exploring
Found Exploring

A gargoyle watched over the unkept hedges, protecting anything inside the fence.

Click an image to view it full size. There was a lot going on here.

Grand Staircase

An image held in the ‘to do’ file finally coming to light.

Each old Charleston home was designed with a staircase as a central point when entering the home. It was created to immediately show the family wealth. They were made to impress.

Grand Staircase
Grand Staircase

Well, it worked.

Doors Can Be Windows

It makes perfect sense, and was common.

Doors Can Be Windows
Doors Can Be Windows

Charleston is hot, old buildings get even hotter.

A walk through town shows you which direction the ocean breezes came from. A ‘door’ on either side of the house gave a cooling cross wind right down the middle.

I believe the ‘X’ covered earthquake bolts but I couldn’t get close enough to see for sure.

 

Back Buildings

On the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, visitors see the grand homes once owned by the merchants, traders, and wealthy plantation owners.

What you don’t, or can’t, see is the hidden back where life was much different. One reason is the buildings may have been ruined by time, land sold off for needed cash after the Civil War, or many buildings are now private residences.

Back Buildings
Back Buildings

However this old home still has the land and buildings. They are old and not restored, which to me is better than being renovated to what someone thinks they might have looked like.

Back Buildings
Back Buildings

The enslaved and servant quarters were here. Also stables, laundry, kitchen, and carriage houses are hidden from street view.

The following were taken inside the building displayed above.

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