Tag Archives: Architecture

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

Oval Drawing Room, 3 Details

Showing some more detail of the sensory overload in the Oval Drawing Room, this is a close up of the Georgian Gothic crown molding. The museum tour indicates this is made of plaster with 22 Carat gold leaf.

Oval Drawing Room Cornice Detail
Oval Drawing Room Cornice Detail

A wider view shows the rounding of the corner and the top corner framing of the panel mirrors.

Oval Drawing Room Cornice Detail
Oval Drawing Room Cornice Detail

From the hallway the Oval Drawing Room glows with natural light when the sun is shining, as it was this day.  The room to the left is the Withdrawing Room, which runs across the entire front of the house.

Oval Drawing Room From Hallway
Oval Drawing Room From Hallway

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

Photos taken October 13, 2021

Additional posts of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum

Oval Drawing Room, 2

The Oval Drawing Room on the second floor of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum is something of a sensory overload.

Panel Mirrors in Oval Drawing Room
Panel Mirrors in Oval Drawing Room

Every type of architectural detail is decorated–the gilded cornice, the door frames, the frames around the window.

Panel Mirrors in Oval Drawing Room
Panel Mirrors in Oval Drawing Room

In addition to helping reflect the candlelight of the era, the panel mirrors were another statement of wealth.

View to the Staircase From Oval Drawing Room
View to the Staircase From Oval Drawing Room, Door Flanked By Paneled Mirrors

I suspect they were also disorienting to late night party attendees.

Oval Drawing Room
Oval Drawing Room

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

Photos taken October 13, 2021

Additional posts of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum

Oval Drawing Room

The Oval Drawing Room on the second floor of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum embodies the flaunt-it lifestyle of the mercantile elite of the late 1700s – early 1800s Charleston.

Set for Tea in the Oval Drawing Room
Set for Tea in the Oval Drawing Room

The tea set has plenty of its own bling, with opulent decoration.

Tea Table
Tea Table

Panel mirrors and cornice gilding helped brighten the room for after dinner parties, reflecting candle light.

Tea Table Reflected in Mirror Wall
Tea Table Reflected in Mirror Wall

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

Photos taken October 13, 2021