Charleston Whites

We recently visited Charleston, South Carolina for the weekend. In addition to a diner’s destination & delight, it is a city chock full of wonderful architecture. . .full of columns, fluted pilasters, wrought iron, and architrave moldings on historic buildings and homes. We park the car for the weekend when we arrive and enjoy walking, so we don’t miss anything. . .it also helps offset our calorie consumption :-)

 History and heritage are a part of life in Charleston. Seemingly untouched by the ravages of time and nature~ hurricanes, earthquakes, fires and wars~ is a culture spanning three centuries of European influence on the city’s architecture.

Wrought iron in Charleston, dates back to the 18th century when ironsmiths fashioned Swedish bar iron into elaborate shapes by hand. Heated on open flame to soften, the iron was then pounded with hammers or twisted to create delicate rosettes and stylish scrolls.

The extent of architectural styles are numerous and said to be unparallelled~ where, block after block, you can see examples of Georgian, Classic Revival, Palladian, Adamesque, Greek Revival, Italianate, Regency, Second Empire, Eastlake, and Queen Anne homes~ throughout the Charleston peninsula.


 Historic buildings are known for elaborate details such as crenelations, quoins, vermiculation, rustication, voussoirs, and triglyphs.

 Lime and sand were combined to form stucco, that was used extensively over brick exteriors by “raking” brick surfaces to create a base, then scored to resemble blocks of stone.

 I’ve always wanted to stay here~ Two Meeting Street Inn~where you can sip your coffee, facing the Battery and the Charleston Harbor. . .

 Known as The Holy City, due to the numerous church steeples that can be seen rising above the skyline, religion is deeply embedded in Charleston’s culture~with over 400 places of worship for many denominations.

Charleston brick masons were known for their jack arches, belt courses and corbelling~ which is still evident today.

And at the risk of repeating myself, I had to include this smart white pup . . . who knows if you visit Charleston with the heat in the triple digits, the importance of staying hydrated :-)

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  36 comments for “Charleston Whites

  1. August 24, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Beautiful! I have never been to the South. I look forward to visiting.

  2. August 24, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    What wonderful buildings! I’m sure I will visit myself sometime. Your photos are so artistic and wonderful! Jacqueline

  3. August 24, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    you are a master of sharing and enlightening, i so love walking, or boating, with you and you camera! i love how you are sharing groups of colors and textures. and of course you could sign off everyday with that thirsty pup!

  4. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    August 24, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I’ve seen a few different posts of SC this week in Blogland and it sure it beautiful! Enjoy!

  5. August 24, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I love all the architectural details -so very wonderful!

  6. August 24, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Just amazing architecture and your photography is great too! Cigar Man and I plan to go to Charleston very soon. I’ve never been. Enjoyed your preview and btw, you have a very nice blog. How’d you like reading “the Help”? I love it!

  7. Patti
    August 24, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Beautiful! You hear so much about rainbow row, but I think these whites stand out even more!

  8. August 24, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    These are so beautiful. I will now be paying even closer attention to the architecture around me when I visit Charleston next month. Thank you, A

  9. August 24, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Your pictures are awesome! I have never been to Charleston…but it is one of the places that I really, really want to go! It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend!

    Your photography is great too….all the angles!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  10. August 24, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I’ve been to Charleston several times, but boy do I love seeing it through your lens. You’ve captured the essence of the charm of this city. Once again, you’ve giving us a feast for the eyes! ~ Sarah

  11. August 25, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Amazing pictures!!!!!!!Beautiful….

  12. August 25, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Mary these images are gorgeous! Such memories they hold for me. Historic Charleston is so beautiful.

    I’ve wanted to stay at Two Meeting Street since the first time I read about it in Country Living magazine many many many years ago.

    I loved our visits to the Battery 5 years ago. I enjoyed seeing all the ladies in their hats. I bought a handmade hat, while we were in Charleston. I love hats! Mine has made a few appearances at the Back Porch.

    Great post!

  13. August 25, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I always love your posts. Thanks so much for sharing this week. I also have to say how in love with Charleston, SC I am. We have a direct connection to Charleston, being that Boeing is now safely relocated. My husband isn’t fond of the idea, but if Boeing ever wanted to relocate him to the Charleston factory, I wouldn’t have a problem moving. I love the northwest but the south is in my blood.

  14. August 25, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    This has been a wonderful post to visit on a dreary, rainy New England day! So happy I stopped by!!

  15. August 25, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Never been to Charleston but I’m so wanting to go and your post has ramped it up several notches as a destination on my list. Thanks for the great photos. I also so appreciate you stopping by.

    Good news! We’re staring a Friday Giveaway link-up party this Fri. 8/27 plus we have an amazing giveaway. Please join us. Jane F.

  16. August 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Gorgeous Architecture! Happy WW!

  17. August 25, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Oh my this is a fabulous post! I just adore the pictures of those “tweet little babies” you are a great birdy babysitter and did well with the watering!
    Glad I stopped by you have a great blog!

  18. August 29, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I love Charleston! It is a city of visual delights. And you have captured is so wonderfully! I recognize so many spots. It is truely a national treasure.
    Your images are perfection! And the last picture is so appropirite and adorable. Charleston boasts the Citadel, the West Point of the South, and their mascot is the bulldog!
    Happy Seasonal Sunday. I’s so happy to visit your lovely blog! I would love to be a follower, but I can’t find your follow button.

  19. August 29, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Beautiful post. Love all the whites and the architechtural detail. Lovely.

  20. August 31, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Oh man, I haven’t been there in years. It is such a wonderful place. So full of unbeieveable architecture.

    So sorry to be visiting so late. Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  21. September 15, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Stopping by from the Rainbow Warriors to once again ogle your photos of Charleston. I love how you’ve shown this city from almost every color of the rainbow. Write trim and accents are a delight. We have much of that in our little port city as well.

  22. September 15, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    wow, what amazing photos you got! Thanks for sharing. I have never been there.

  23. September 16, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I love all the architecture in the photos.

  24. September 16, 2010 at 5:18 am

    Just love all those beautiful white architectural details. Lovely pictures. Cute dog drinking water. Makes me want to take a trip and see Charleston S.C.
    Best wishes,
    Anna’s Rainbow Mystery

  25. September 16, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Oh! I just love, love, LOVE this post! What wonderful photos of amazing architecture! Makes me want to visit Charleston just to see the amazing things that you captured :)

  26. September 16, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Love, Love Charleston and Love this post! Beautiful pics!

  27. September 16, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Beautiful architecture! I love those buildings and houses! My fave is the dog, though!!

  28. September 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    What a wonderful post. I’m originally from Columbus, GA ( though I’ve lived in the San Francisco area now for 33 years ) and Charleston has always been one of my favorite cities in the U. S., for all of the reasons you so wonderfully described in your post. I’ve never spent enough time there
    ( only about three weeks of my life ) – thanks for giving me such a lovely visit today.

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  29. September 16, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

    I loved Charleston when my husband and I visited, and you’re making me want to go all over again.


  30. September 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    These are incredible pictures! It is a fascinating post, and you’ve made me want to take a vacation.

  31. September 16, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    These are amazing. Your attention to detail really made each shot wonderful.

  32. jen
    September 17, 2010 at 9:02 am

    You are so lucky. I’ve always wanted to visit SC, ever since I was 11 and read Gone with the Wind.
    Thanks for a taste of it.

  33. jo
    September 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    what a truly gorgeous city … i hope i get to visit one day … it looks so beautiful and i love soaking up history through visits

  34. September 19, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    What an elegant and lovely stop on our last little journey through Rainbow Summer School.

    The architecture and charm of Charleston is just amazing.

    Thank you for sharing this loveliness.


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