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Old Charleston Home

Taken as I came down an old staircase from the early 1800’s.

What had been a statue with oil lamp had been updated to electric.

Aiken-Rhett - Stair Light
Aiken-Rhett – Stair Light

This is a house that has not been renovated. Much of building remains as the original 1800’s. This makes it even more beautiful and interesting.

Charleston, South Carolina.

 

B&W Sitting Room

A sitting room in an old Charleston traders home.

B&W Sitting Room
B&W Sitting Room

I will never shoot ‘still life’ images that require setup. Too much dusting, planning, in general work. I wouldn’t enjoy it, so it would most likely be reflected in the product.

The house staff does all the work here.

B&W Sitting Room
B&W Sitting Room
B&W Sitting Room
B&W Sitting Room

Charleston, South Carolina.

1800’s Architecture, Monochrome

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.

1800's Architecture, Monochrome
1800’s Architecture, Monochrome
1800's Architecture, Monochrome
1800’s Architecture, Monochrome

All the photographs here are from a single home, Nathaniel Russell a merchant and trader (of enslaved people).

1800's Architecture, Monochrome
1800’s Architecture, Monochrome
1800's Architecture, Monochrome
1800’s Architecture, Monochrome
1800's Architecture, Monochrome
1800’s Architecture, Monochrome

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.

Lady Of The House, Charleston SC

I believe this is Sarah Hopton, wife of Nathaniel Russell a wealthy 19th century merchant and trader. This portrait hangs on the first turn of a the large free standing staircase in their home of 1808.

Correction; The lady of the house in the painting is Mary Rutledge Smith painted by George Romney. George Romney painted this portrait in England during fifteen sittings between January and May of 1786. The painting was passed down through the family, ultimately finding a home here.

Special thanks to Valarie Perry, Historic Charleston Foundation and Jim Boyle the 5th great grandson of Mary Smith.


Lady Of The House, Charleston SC
Lady Of The House, Charleston SC

Charleston, South Carolina.