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 :-)
Thank you for your visit, I’m joining: