Oct 09, 2019

Architectural Features in Charleston

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The Fall Tours of Homes, History & Architecture organized by the Preservation Society of Charleston are in full swing through November 2nd and it’s a great reminder to take notice of the incredible architectural features woven throughout Charleston. From historic antebellum mansions to iconic Charleston Single style homes, come explore with us as we take a closer look at our favorite architectural elements.

Symmetrical Facades. Elegance abounds in the Colonial, Georgian, and Federal style architecture that favors symmetrical facades with numerous windows and intricate molding surrounding the front door.

Stacked Piazzas. Offering abundant space for outdoor living, al fresco dining, and year-round entertaining, stacked piazzas are a beloved feature of Charleston homes both old and new. In the years before modern climate control systems, the thoughtful positioning of stacked piazzas was imperative for maximum airflow in the heat of Charleston summers.

Fireplace Carvings. Beautifully carved marble, stone, and wood fireplace details can be found in many historic Charleston homes, some of them original to the structures. Even when not in use, they serve as the true centerpiece of a room.

Wrought Iron Details. From gates to balconies, intricate wrought iron details can be found all over Charleston. Works by famous Charleston artisans like Philip Simmons are especially coveted for their uniqueness to the city.

High Ceilings. Soaring ceilings are a hallmark of classic Charleston homes, and often complimented by crown molding and chandeliers, they lend living spaces a feeling of elegance and grandeur.

Elaborate Window Styles. Rows of windows and large Palladian-style windows allow natural light to flood into living spaces all throughout the day. Exquisite pediments can be found on many historic Charleston homes, adding a unique and special element to each facade.

These are only a few of the many unique, beautiful features that make Charleston architecture so special. From downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant to Daniel Island, you can find these and other architectural elements incorporated into nearly every neighborhood. Explore Charleston homes for sale today at www.charlestonrealestate.com.

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