Tag Archives: Charleston

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

Tea Set Bling

Another room of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum that is a show off, including this gold decorated tea set.

White - Gold Tea Set
White – Gold 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.

Photos taken October 13, 2021

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

Bridal Shop

Charleston, SC has become a wedding destination and dress shops lead the way of the more obvious related businesses.

Bridal Shop
Bridal Shop

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”.

Bridal Shop
Bridal Shop

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.

Bridal Shop
Bridal Shop

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.