Tag Archives: Architecture

Nathaniel Russell House Staircase, Second Floor

Built in 1808, the design of a Charleston merchant’s home was all about symmetry. And impressing your neighbors, like this three-story, cantilevered, flying staircase was intended to do.

Window Behind the Cantilevered Staircase
Window Behind the Cantilevered Staircase, Second Floor

Sometimes, reality didn’t match the rules, and this window is not evenly placed behind the staircase. But it does illustrate that the staircase doesn’t touch the wall for support.

Window Behind the Cantilevered Staircase
Window Behind the Cantilevered Staircase

This window seen from the outside, taken from what is now the narrow driveway to the back of the property. My back was at the wall of the First (Scots) Presbyterian Church next door and the trees reflected in the glass are in the graveyard.

Window From Outside
Window From Outside

Nathaniel Russell House Museum, Charleston, SC
January 27, 2023

This home has been restored to its 1808 appearance and is part of the Historic Charleston Foundation collection.

Additional posts of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum

French Huguenot Church, Pink

Yes, it is pink. And pretty dramatic looking in the Gothic Revival style.

French Huguenot Church, Charleston
French Huguenot Church, Charleston, Ted just visible in lower right

A gap in vehicle and pedestrian traffic, no leaves on the Crepe Myrtles, and a beautiful sky came together on Friday for an unusual photo opportunity of this landmark.

French Huguenot Church, Charleston
French Huguenot Church, Charleston

The church sits across Church street from the Dock Street Theater, and as a fan of reflection images I couldn’t pass this up.

French Huguenot Church Reflected in Dock Street Theater Window
French Huguenot Church Reflected in Dock Street Theater Window

French Huguenot Church, Charleston, SC
January 27, 2023

Oval Drawing Room, Revisited 2023

The symmetry and bling of the historic Nathaniel Russell House is on full display in the oval drawing room.

Oval Drawing Room Ceiling and Chandelier
Oval Drawing Room Ceiling and Chandelier

I am fascinated by these tri-column mirror panels. Rather like a fun-house mirror, just shifting your position an inch or two changes the scene. Here, triplicates of a music stand with varying amounts of a standing harp next to it.

Oval Drawing Room Rounded Mirrors
Oval Drawing Room Rounded Mirrors

Despite the wealth and import business that would have allowed the Russells to have mahogany doors, the hallway doors are faux. The skill and expense of applying the design to a pine door was valued over real mahogany.

Oval Drawing Room Rounded Mirrors
Oval Drawing Room Rounded Mirrors, Open door that leads to hallway

Nathaniel Russell House Museum, Charleston, SC
January 27, 2023

This home has been restored to its 1808 appearance and is part of the Historic Charleston Foundation collection.

Additional posts of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum

Strawberry Chapel, The Outside From Further Back

Strawberry Chapel from the back of the three acre property, at least as far back as it is cleared.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

This tree has been witness to a lot of history.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

September 10, 2022
Strawberry Chapel
Cordesville, South Carolina

The Anglican Church established “chapels of ease” throughout rural South Carolina in the 1700s for members to attend services close to home without trekking to an actual church.

Built in 1725, Strawberry Chapel is the only remaining structure from the Childsbury settlement on the Cooper River.

Strawberry Chapel, Windows From Inside

I was impressed by the number and size of the glass windows at Strawberry Chapel given that it was built in 1725. Considerable expense would have been involved.

This window on the west side of the building has a view of the brick receiving crypt where remains would be kept prior to a funeral.

Strawberry Chapel Window
Strawberry Chapel Window, Some panes have been replaced due to vandalism

This is the view from the front of the room, one of the fenced burial plots is visible out the left window. I didn’t hear mention if these were the original pews, but most of the floor down the middle is original tile.

Strawberry Chapel Back Door and Window
Strawberry Chapel Back Door and Window

And the same view again, including the decorative window at the peak.

Strawberry Chapel Back Door and Window
Strawberry Chapel Back Door and Window

The west door has the same view as from that window to the left, shown in the first image. A matching door and small anti-room are on the opposite side.

Strawberry Chapel Side Door
Strawberry Chapel Side Door

September 10, 2022
Strawberry Chapel
Cordesville, South Carolina

The Anglican Church established “chapels of ease” throughout rural South Carolina in the 1700s for members to attend services close to home without trekking to an actual church.

Built in 1725, Strawberry Chapel is the only remaining structure from the Childsbury settlement on the Cooper River. The chapel is private property and Ted and I attended an educational / history event on the site.

Strawberry Chapel, The Outside

The grounds at Strawberry Chapel have a number of haphazardly placed brick-walled enclosures for family burial plots.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

With doors on three sides, the layout maximized any available air flow for gatherings during the hot low-country summers.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

The decedents of this family don’t keep up their enclosed section. The chapel owners have all they can do to maintain the open sections of the grounds.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

The rectangular building has a “jerkin head” roof, essentially a gable end that has a hip. The chapel will be celebrating 300 years in 2025 so the structure was a good choice.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

September 10, 2022
Strawberry Chapel
Cordesville, South Carolina

The Anglican Church established “chapels of ease” throughout rural South Carolina in the 1700s for members to attend services close to home without trekking to an actual church.

Built in 1725, Strawberry Chapel is the only remaining structure from the Childsbury settlement on the Cooper River.

Drayton Hall, First Visit

Ted and I visited Drayton Hall, one of the historic plantations on the Ashley River for the first time today.

Due to a confluence of circumstances of our timing, a day where the heat index was going over 90 F (32 C) so they were limiting traffic in the house, and busloads of other visitors we did not go inside.

Drayton Hall, River Side
Drayton Hall, River Side, Some excavation work being done on lower right side of building

From the front, or at least the more opulent, entrance. I found it odd that there were no gardens or plantings immediately around the house.

Drayton Hall
Drayton Hall, Framed by a very large live oak tree.

We’ll go back after it cools off a bit here, and the tourist traffic slows.

Drayton Hall, Charleston, SC
September 21, 2022

Strawberry Chapel, Windows

Strawberry Chapel is rectangular with windows and doors on opposite sides to maximize air flow.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

The number of windows and their ornate design hint at the wealth of those that built it.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

Several of the windows have well fitting shutters. Sadly, many of the original window panes have been broken by vandals.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

September 10, 2022
Strawberry Chapel
Cordesville, South Carolina

The Anglican Church established “chapels of ease” throughout rural South Carolina in the 1700s for members to attend services close to home without trekking to an actual church.

Built in 1725, Strawberry Chapel is the only remaining structure from the Childsbury settlement on the Cooper River. The chapel is private property and Ted and I attended an educational / history event on the site.

Strawberry Chapel, Sepia Toned

The Anglican Church established “chapels of ease” throughout rural South Carolina in the 1700s for members to attend services close to home without trekking to an actual church.

Built in 1725, Strawberry Chapel is the only remaining structure from the Childsbury settlement on the Cooper River. The chapel is private property and Ted and I attended an educational / history event there yesterday.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

September 10, 2022
Strawberry Chapel
Cordesville, South Carolina

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist: New Inside

The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist  had been repairing decaying plaster work on the ceiling the last time I was inside. The repairs and painting were part of a larger project which I believe was completed sometime in 2020 or early 2021.

What a difference!

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, May 25, 2022

For comparison, one of the images I posted from a 2018 visit:

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist – September 2018

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Charleston, SC