Category Archives: Shooting A Grand Old House

Manigault, Black And White

I have written about this house before and have become fascinated by the architecture, especially the center spiral stair case.

Manigault, Black And White - click to enlarge
Manigault, Black And White – click to enlarge

This series of photographs are all about the 3 stories of elegant design and lighting.

One item of note here. This was to be demolished in the 1920’s to use the land for a gas station. It was save as the first project of the Preservation Society Of Charleston.

This is best viewed large screen.

Click, or double tap, any image below to view the gallery.

 

Behind The Joseph Manigault House

The title is a little misleading. I was on the front steps, which is now the back, shooting the historical scene in front of me.

Behind The Joseph Manigault House - click to enlarge
Behind The Joseph Manigault House – click to enlarge

The original entrance to the properties is on a side street off Charlestons well known Meeting Street.

The spire in the background is the beautiful Second Presbyterian Church (built in 1811). The house in the fore looks to be a renovated property that one may have been part of the Manigault holdings.

Out Buildings

Something I had never considered before shooting ‘the grand old houses’ was the land and household. On the streets of Charleston you see old antebellum homes, but just the front.

Each old home owned many smaller buildings to support and run the house. Most are either gone or renovated into more modern living space. However a few still have out buildings and gardens.

Out Buildings - click to enlarge
Out Buildings – click to enlarge
Out Buildings - click to enlarge
Out Buildings – click to enlarge

Everything from living quarters, to kitchens, to stables was needed.

Out Buildings - click to enlarge
Out Buildings – click to enlarge

Most don’t have any kind of access, but a few are open enough to poke around in.

Out Buildings - click to enlarge
Out Buildings – click to enlarge

Sometimes when I find these areas they are better to shoot that the big house.

More fun anyway.

Matron Of The Household

Wife of Thomas Heywood (name unknown) the original owner of a historic  grand building in Charleston, South Carolina. Heywood was a signer of the US Declaration Of Independence.

Matron Of The Household - click to enlarge
Matron Of The Household – click to enlarge

He may also have been one of the colonials arrested and sent to exile in Florida.

 

A Sitting Room

This was taken in a sitting room (I think that’s the proper term) of an old Charleston grand house. They are everywhere in this town. Even with the fires, wars, and other disaster Charleston has always been one of the wealthiest cities in the US.

Residents of this house were members of the first US governments, involved in the Civil War, and wealthy merchants. Now, like most places here, they make their living on visitors (sounds better than tourist).

A Sitting Room - Click to enlarge
A Sitting Room – Click to enlarge

I personally love all the history and of course photographing the buildings.

The final developing of the images is also a fun challenge and keeps me sharper. This image was completed using several custom finishes we have saved in both Adobe Lightroom and NIK Color Efex to present aa softer, old fashion, look.

Charleston, South Carolina

Some of the most beautiful parts of Charleston, South Carolina, are hidden away.

Charleston, South Carolina – click to enlarge

The old grand houses have wonderful gardens, out builds, and back yards not visible from the street.

This is by one of the busiest streets in town. Shops and old mansions here cater to the millions of out of town visitors. This is behind a tall wooden gate hidden from view.

Architecture Series, The Nerd In Me

This open staircase was added to an old manor house during a mid 1800’s renovation.

Architecture Series, The Nerd In Me - click to enlarge
Architecture Series, The Nerd In Me – click to enlarge

In most of these homes you cannot pick and choose the perfect spot for a photograph. Hence the ‘artsy’ angles and perspectives. Not my strong suit but a grand design covers my short comings.

Architecture Series, The Nerd In Me - click to enlarge
Architecture Series, The Nerd In Me – click to enlarge

And of course a glass chandelier was at the next level. How could it not.

Architecture Series, The Nerd In Me - click to enlarge
Architecture Series, The Nerd In Me – click to enlarge
Architecture Series, The Nerd In Me - click to enlarge
Architecture Series, The Nerd In Me – click to enlarge