Tag Archives: South Carolina

Nathaniel Russell House Staircase, First Floor

For such an amazing architectural beauty, this staircase is in a very small space, making it is difficult to photograph it all. Standing underneath and looking up provides an interesting view.

Up Through the Staircase
Up Through the Staircase

This view shows a small door to the outdoors, which seems out of place. The light shining out of the underside of the staircase allows a view of the construction.

Cantilevered Staircase, First Floor
Cantilevered Staircase, First Floor, Trap Door to Root Cellar in Floor

And it sticks out on the other side of the staircase, just like the window in my post about the second floor view.

Looking Across a Tread of the Staircase
Looking Across a Tread of the Staircase

This is that little door from the outside. One of the museum volunteers told me this was used to access the root cellar, again a bit of practical over maintaining full symmetry.

I’m 5′ 8″ (1.7 M) and when I stood on the step of this door my hair would have grazed the header if I could have stepped in.

Door Under Staircase From Outside
Door Under Staircase 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.

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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

Ravenswood Pond, October Morning, 2022

This was taken about 15 minutes after sunrise,  after the coolest night we’ve had this fall, down around 40 F (4 C). Hardly a creature was stirring and I saw no wading birds.

Sun Rising Behind Big Island, Ravenswood Pond
Sun Rising Behind Big Island, Ravenswood Pond

Ravenswood Pond, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
October 20, 2022

I took almost the same scene a year ago, with more vegetation floating in the pond:
Ravenswood Pond, October Morning

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.