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From its earliest days as a burgeoning colonial port blending European, Caribbean, and Asian influences, Charleston has maintained a unique brand of southern cosmopolitanism Charleston Style Past and Present traces the city s allure through its exquisite and sometimes eccentric architecture, decorative arts, and garden designs, which express a wide range of European and American styles, including Georgian, Federal, Chinese Chippendale, Gothic and Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Eastlake, and Author Susan Sully explores Charleston as a medium through which this spectrum of styles becomes transmuted into a distinctive regional mode.Sully s Charleston is a place where antique and modern, fantasy and reality, playfully intersect During its ascendance as one of America s wealthiest cities, Charleston s most privileged citizens acquired sophisticated, even decadent, tastes that continue to infuse their homes and gardens After the Civil War, hardship, pride, and nostalgia shaped an aesthetic in which peeling gilt and tattered lace became badges of honor Thanks to one of the earliest and most energetic American preservationist movements, the past extends into the present in Charleston, and the city s spaces reveal its complex spirit.Charleston Style Past and Present features nineteen residences ranging from archetypally gracious antebellum mansions to cottagelike dependencies to the iconic Charleston single houses, with their sweeping piazzas, high ceilings, and tall windows Also featured are some of the city s most charming gardens, inspired by the formal and picturesque landscape designs of eighteenth and nineteenth century Europe as well as by the exotic gardens of Japan With rich color photography by John Blais and a delightful foreword by acclaimed novelist, Josephine Humphreys, Charleston Style Past and Present delivers an evocative portrait of this fascinating city....

Title : Charleston Style: Past and Present
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ISBN : 0847821013
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Rizzoli 1st Edition edition April 15, 1999
Number of Pages : 200 pages
File Size : 798 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Charleston Style: Past and Present Reviews

  • E. Miller
    2019-02-02 12:11

    Lovely book of Charleston interiors

  • PVLO Jane
    2019-01-30 05:27

    A well balanced look at Charleston style....contemporary to historic. If you're looking for the lush, elegant yet comfortable details of traditional south, this isn't quite it.

  • None
    2019-02-05 10:11

    Praised in House Beautiful (May '99) for author Susan Sully's "evocative text [that] lifts this book a notch above many similar style books," Charleston Style was listed by The State newspaper from Columbia, SC as one of the top ten books by or about South Carolinians published in 1999. The State's reviewer, William Starr praises the book's "uncommonly attractive" appearance and notes that "the author combines valuable information with an artistic sensibility.... Among the book's virtues is Sully's willingness to look beyond the obvious into homes which give us some very different views of this most traditional of historic cities."

  • archfan
    2019-02-17 10:08


  • Jeri
    2019-01-25 06:34

    Love it.

  • frank cavalli
    2019-01-28 11:15

    some of the pictures are far from top quality.

  • stanley j schneider
    2019-02-07 08:31

    Very nice addition to my collection on southern interiors

  • None
    2019-02-20 08:14

    This book received a favorable review in House Beautiful, May 1999 (p. 130)