Tag Archives: Historical

Monochrome Interiors

Yes, the room is curved. To add a little more depth there is a multi pane, floor to ceiling mirror. A room you don’t just walk in a snap a picture.

Monochrome Interiors
Monochrome Interiors

A master bedroom, with a plush master ‘potty’.

Monochrome Interiors
Monochrome Interiors

Monochrome interior photographs, Charleston, South Carolina.

First Fireproof Building In The US 1827

On the outside this building looks like many of the historical buildings in town.

Inside it is built of brick, steel, and stucco.

First Fireproof Building In The US 1827
First Fireproof Building In The US 1827

I didn’t take many photos, it’s a hard place to get open space. The stairs gave me this view however. You can see in the shading and contrast the different hard textures. Very interesting.

Note; this is the South Carolina Historical Society.

Bonaventure Spring Blooms

“Of all the plants of these curious tree-gardens the most striking and characteristic is the so-called Long Moss (Tillandsia usneoides). It drapes all the branches from top to bottom, hanging in long silvery-gray skeins, reaching a length of not less than eight or ten feet, and when slowly waving in the wind they produce a solemn funereal effect singularly impressive” John Muir, 1867.

Bonaventure Spring Blooms
Bonaventure Spring Blooms
Bonaventure Spring Blooms
Bonaventure Spring Blooms

John Muir, founder of the US National Parks, naturalist, founder of the Sierra Club spent 6 days camping in Bonaventure. His writings contained many references to the cemetery.

Bonaventure Spring Blooms
Bonaventure Spring Blooms

Bonaventure is one of three gothic cemeteries originally envisioned as both a public park and cemetery. The property, like Charleston’s Magnolia Cemetery, was first a plantation and family cemetery.

Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia.

Garden Of Good And Evil

Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia.

Garden Of Good And Evil
Garden Of Good And Evil

One of the old US cemeteries (there are 3-4) considered to be among the best of gothic and renaissance design.

John Berendt’s first book, ‘Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil’ is one of the most published novels in US history. A movie of the same name turned this cemetery into a huge tourist attraction. The story line is based around this cemetery, Savannah GA, and Beaufort, SC.  Some how Savannah has managed to keep most of it’s historical and beautiful architecture in tact.

Garden Of Good And Evil
Garden Of Good And Evil
Garden Of Good And Evil
Garden Of Good And Evil

I have always wanted to visit and compare to our Magnolia cemetery, one of the other major old gothic grave yards. They are similar in some ways, and very different in others. Magnolia is always on the verge of ruin, and has no tourists to speak of.

Garden Of Good And Evil
Garden Of Good And Evil

As I expected it’s a photographer paradise, if you arrive early.

Living Quarters / Enslaved And Servants (2)

This is a continuation of exploring the old Charleston manor homes workers quarters. Click here to view the first article Living Quarters / Enslaved And Servants (1).

This second set of photographs were taken from inside various rooms, living areas, and a central room with a fire place.

Living Quarters / Enslaved And Servants (2)
Living Quarters / Enslaved And Servants (2)
Living Quarters / Enslaved And Servants (2)
Living Quarters / Enslaved And Servants (2)

I believe only one room had any outside window. If there were windows they were open to the hall running down the side of the building.

Living Quarters / Enslaved And Servants (2)
Living Quarters / Enslaved And Servants (2)
Living Quarters / Enslaved And Servants (2)
Living Quarters / Enslaved And Servants (2)

I don’t know when the rooms stopped being occupied. I’m sure it was well after our civil war. The old family homes were still in use and required servants after slavery was abolished. How that worked I don’t know. Most of the once wealthy families lost their plantation lands and money.

Living Quarters / Enslaved And Servants (2)
Living Quarters / Enslaved And Servants (2)
Living Quarters / Enslaved And Servants (2)
Living Quarters / Enslaved And Servants (2)

Aiken-Rhett house, Charleston, South Carolina.