Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Great American House

via here

The William Gatewood House
circa 1843
Legare Street - Charleston, South Carolina
via here

My recent skip down Legare Street took me by the house that fills my daydreams.  The William Gatewood House.  A Greek Revival home recently restored under the direction of renowned architect, Gil Schafer

Stately but not flashy...historic but sturdy.  My love affair with this house began even before its rejuvenation.  While living in Charleston, this home was a constant feature on my running route...as I looped the streets South of Broad, my feet would inevitably take me to its doorstep.  At dusk, I would peer into the dimly windows straining to get a glimpse of its interior.

If the proposed retirement planned mentioned in my last post does not work out...please just scatter my ashes outside the gate. 

Following photos my own, taken during recent visit
SB, BS, MK...save for future reference.
And have a drink on me afterwards...I'll set up the tab in my "final wishes" ha

Sasanqua camellia growing along the fence

The double piazza

Palmetto flanking window open to piazza

Glimpse of marble statue, Venus de' Medici.  Would love to see the front of Venus one day

Potted lemon trees

Its interiors now revealed by Gil Schafer...via his website here and his recently published book, The Great American House (found here.) They are even better than those in my mind's eye.
upon an easel in my studio

Remaining photos from Gil Schafer's website and here from Antiques & Fine Art Magazine, an article with a thorough history of this property. 

I would not change a thing...not a single element.  Well...except for the fact that I'm not one of its inhabitants.  If I can't live there, perhaps I can just haunt it in another life.  It's that time of year I guess



our ashes must be together at the blind tiger!...mixed with a little tobacco ash..haha
love the pics!!!

Jennifer C. Webb said...

haaaaa, I almost just choked on my drink!!!!! You can plan the after party at the Blind Tiger. So hilarious

Phyllis Trevor Higgerson, Henhurst said...

I have loved your posts on Charleston - one of my favorite places. I only get to go once a year so I am reading these repeatedly!
All best,

Jennifer C. Webb said...

Thanks Phyllis...I cried all the way up I-26 when I had to move away ha

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

Perfection...... even those citrus trees!!! I'm glad I'm not the only one straining to get a glimpse inside other folk's windows!

Jennifer C. Webb said...

ha Crissy...hope I never get busted for "house stalking"

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