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!
For comparison, one of the images I posted from a 2018 visit:
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Another room of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum that is a show off, including this gold decorated tea set.
The Nathaniel Russell House Museum embodies the flaunt-it lifestyle of the mercantile elite of late 1700s – early 1800s Charleston, SC. The house has been restored to its 1808 appearance and is part of the Historic Charleston Foundation collection.
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.
A wider view shows the rounding of the corner and the top corner framing of the panel mirrors.
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.
This home has been restored to its 1808 appearance and is part of the Historic Charleston Foundation collection.
Charleston, SC has become a wedding destination and dress shops lead the way of the more obvious related businesses.
This shop is in an 1850s historically recognized home with elegant porches and dramatic windows. Those and interior details I expect contribute to the dress purchase being an “experience”.
The fence and closed gate keep passers by at bay. In an unusual Charleston detail, this home has its large porches facing the street, where most run down the side of the building. Placement was determined by the summer heat looking to maximize breeze and minimize direct sun.
I’m attracted to gaudy chandeliers, not that I would want one, but the bling does draw my eye.
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.
The cantilevered staircase (fixed to the wall with no other support) provides an elegant setting intended to impress Charleston society.
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, Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
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.
The Unitarian Church is topped by a rooster weather vane, which had a summer storm to observe the afternoon I was there.
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.