Tag Archives: Architecture

Chapel of Ease, St. Helena

The Anglican Church established “chapels of ease” throughout rural South Carolina in the 1700s for members to attend services close to home.

Chapel of Ease, St. Helena
Chapel of Ease, St. Helena

Fire, in this case natural, brought an end to this chapel on St. Helena Island, just off Beaufort.

Chapel of Ease, St. Helena
Chapel of Ease, St. Helena, Historical Sign

Historical preservation organizations are fighting a battle against the natural elements and some human interference to preserve these buildings.

Chapel of Ease, St. Helena
Chapel of Ease, St. Helena

The massive live oaks on this property stand like guards over the building but may ultimately contribute to the chapel’s demise.

Chapel of Ease, St. Helena
Chapel of Ease, St. Helena

Magnolia Plantation House, River Side

A few days after I posted Magnolia Plantation Cupola, River Side I was in the same place with a similar sky and a shorter lens on my camera.

Magnolia Plantation House, River Side
Magnolia Plantation House, River Side

Without much contrasting color to break up all that green I processed these images with a vintage photo look.

Magnolia Plantation House, River Side
Magnolia Plantation House, River Side

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC

For a view of the other side of the house see my post from November 2019: Magnolia Plantation, the House

Magnolia Plantation Cupola, River Side

At one time a wide lawn leading up to the Ashley River side of Magnolia Plantation would have been the welcome to visitors who had journeyed via boat from Charleston. Now that expanse has narrowed with trees and there is no clear view of the whole house from the river bank.

Magnolia Plantation House Weather Vane
Magnolia Plantation House Weather Vane

I was ready for wildlife photography with my 100-400 MM lens attached, but the impending storm made a cool sky so I took some images between the trees at 100 MM.

Magnolia Plantation House Weather Vane
Magnolia Plantation House Cupola and Weather Vane

If you are zooming in to see the weather vane details you’ll see spots. At first I thought my lens might be dirty but after comparing the images I’m pretty sure those are rain drops.

Magnolia Plantation House Weather Vane
Magnolia Plantation House Cupola and Weather Vane

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC

For a view from the other side see my post from November 2019: Magnolia Plantation, the House

Triplet Windows, From the Inside

Almost two years ago I posted photographs of these windows from the outside in Triplet Windows.

A couple weeks ago when passing by on my way to the nature trail the back door was open. I stepped in and got the answer to my question about their position: they are centered over the kitchen sink.

Boynton House, Kitchen Looking Out
Boynton House, Kitchen Looking Out

Those with kitchen duty had a lovely view into a pine forest.

Boynton House, Kitchen Looking Out
Boynton House, Kitchen Looking Out

The house, well on its way to ruin, was once the hub of a thriving cattle farm. The property is maintained by the SC Department of Natural Resources; periodically they trim back overgrowing vegetation, which may help it last a few more years.

Boynton House
Boynton House

Fan-vaulted Ceiling

No, I didn’t know what it was either. Per Wikipedia:

A fan vault is a form of vault used in the Gothic style, in which the ribs are all of the same curve and spaced equidistantly, in a manner resembling a fan.

This example is at The Unitarian Church of Charleston  where I recently stepped in during their open hours.

It was too crowded to get a symmetrical image, but I rather liked this one, showing off the complexity of the design.

Fan-vaulted Ceiling
Fan-vaulted Ceiling

The Charleston Earthquake of 1886 destroyed most of the original ceiling along with the church’s tower. Restoration soon returned the ceiling to the 1852 design. Prudently the restoration architect chose a more modest tower which subsequently survived Hurricane Hugo, which in 1989 destroyed many of Charleston’s landmarks.

Magnolia Plantation, the House

I spotted the metal cupola and wind vane through the branches of one of the huge Live Oaks that line the entrance to the Magnolia Plantation property.

Magnolia Plantation House Weather Vane
Magnolia Plantation House Weather Vane

I backed up and found a spot that framed the house with the tree, which is many hundreds of years old.

Magnolia Plantation House
Magnolia Plantation House

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC

Joseph Manigault House: Chandelier

I’m attracted to gaudy chandeliers, not that I would want one, but the bling does draw my eye.

Joseph Manigault House Chandelier in Front Stairwell
Joseph Manigault House Chandelier in Front Stairwell

The light from the huge Palladian window (three-sections where the center section is arched and larger than the two side sections) makes images a challenge.

Joseph Manigault House Chandelier in Front Stairwell
Joseph Manigault House Chandelier in Front Stairwell

The cantilevered staircase (fixed to the wall with no other support) provides an elegant setting intended to impress Charleston society.

Joseph Manigault House Chandelier in Front Stairwell
Joseph Manigault House Chandelier in Front Stairwell

This home has had a number of uses since it was built in 1803 for the Manigault family’s city residence and was nearly torn down for a gas station in 1920. It is now owned by The Charleston Museum which operates daily interpretive tours.

Joseph Manigault House Chandelier in Front Stairwell
Joseph Manigault House Chandelier in Front Stairwell

Joseph Manigault House, Meeting Street, Charleston, SC

Charleston Churches on a Stormy Afternoon

Charleston, SC, is known for its abundance of churches and is sometimes referred to as the “Holy City.” The spires of this trio can be seen from a bird’s eye perspective from one of the parking garage rooftops.

Three Church Spires, Charleston
Three Church Spires, Charleston: Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Unitarian Church

The Unitarian Church is topped by a rooster weather vane, which had a summer storm to observe the afternoon I was there.

Unitarian Church, Charleston
Unitarian Church, Charleston

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist: Rear, B&W

Many of the large churches in historic Charleston, SC, are difficult to photograph in their entirety due to the closeness of their neighbors. Turns out that the tops of parking garages provide some neat views that get around this dilemma.

This image is the rear of Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist that I featured last fall in my post Charleston Cathedral with Connecticut Connection.

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Charleston, SC
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Charleston, SC

The dramatic clouds were provided by an approaching summer thunder storm.