Step Inside Historic Homes of Charleston
Charleston, S.C., is famous for its beautifully preserved historic homes. Take a look inside three of the finest, where you'll find modern updates combined with authentic antique details.
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August 17, 2015
This 19th-century southern mansion once belonged to a Charleston, S.C. shipping merchant. The Georgian-style home shows influences from the classical architecture of ancient Greece and Rome, including these Greek-style columns that tower above the front portico.
Georgian-Style Mansion: Dual Stair Entry
The elegant front staircase in this Charleston, S.C. mansion was designed with tradition in mind. The heart-shaped dual stair offeres a regal welcome to all visitors.
Georgian-Style Mansion: Statue and Entryway
Just inside the entrance to this Charleston, S.C. mansion is this imposing statue that offers a visual keynote to the home's classical styling.
Georgian-Style Mansion: Entry Hall
From the floor to the ceiling, the welcoming entryway in this Charleston mansion is appointed in fine woodwork and elegantly refined touches.
Georgian-Style Mansion: Parlor
High ceilings on the first floor are a common characteristic of historic Charleston homes, as seen in this Georgian-style mansion that once belonged to a wealthy shipping merchant.
Georgian-Style Mansion: Parlor Furnishings
The parlor in this Charleston, S.C. mansion is furnished in a formal style and houses a collection of Eastern artwork including statues and pottery.
Georgian-Style Mansion: Twin Parlors
As exemplified in this elegant Georgian-Style home, twin parlors became popular in Charleston during the 19th century. Dual parlors such as these could be opened up to provide space for large parties or closed off and used separately for more intimate gatherings.
Converted Carriage House
This charming Charleston, S.C. home was built as a carriage house for a neighboring building in the 1850s. The arched front door was originally designed for horse-drawn buggies to pass through.
Converted Carriage House: Dining Room
The traditional decor in this converted carriage house complements the home's timeless architectural details, including crown molding, wainscoting and stately fireplaces.
Converted Carriage House: Kitchen and Dining Area
In this beautifully renovated Charleston carriage house, the dining room and kitchen offer views of the small courtyard behind the home. The rear of the property also features a quaint guesthouse perfect for visitors.
Converted Carriage House: Master Bedroom
In this charming Charleston, S.C. carriage house, the cozy master bedroom's warm color palette offers a soft complement to the polished hardwood floors and hand-carved antique furniture.
Converted Carriage House: Master Bath
In this converted carriage house in Charleston, S.C., the master bathroom offers a stylistic change of pace from the rest of the home. The renovated and enlarged master bath is sleek and modern with above-counter sinks and a glass-enclosed shower.
This circa-1760 home, located on the prestigious waterfront area known as The Battery, was built in the single style, a compact architectural style that's unique to Charleston.
Single-Style Home: Front Porch
A common feature of Charleston's single-style homes is an orientation with the home's side facing the street to help ensure privacy. In this residence, the side door leads to a large porch overlooking a lush garden.
Single-Style Home: Living Room
In this historic Charleston, S.C. home, several of the building's original details are visible in the living room, including the exposed brick wall and the support beams in the ceiling.
Single-Style Home: Master Bedroom
In this historic Charleston, S.C. home, a muted color palette lends a calming feel to the master bedroom suite, which features a sitting area and a porch overlooking the yard.
Single-Style Home: Patio
In this historic Charleston, S.C. home, the poolside patio comes complete with a wet bar perfect for entertaining.