The 18th and 19th century mansions built “South of Broad” on the tip of the Charleston peninsula have colorful histories. To say the least! They’ve survived wars, invasions, hurricanes, earthquake, fire, economic boom and bust. Serious restoration of the area didn’t begin until after World War II. Today, Charleston is a leader in forensic restoration. A chip of paint, finally exposed after centuries of overcoats and grime or a fiber from an old carpet caught in the corner of an original floorboard can be a kind of DNA that leads to a complete restoration. Some of these mansions are museums. A few are bed-and-breakfasts. Some await restoration. But most serve their original purpose as homes for residents of Charleston.
Here’s a few pics from our recent trip.