Usually an area of the country is known for one particular style of architecture. South Carolina, where varying architectural influences abound, is an exception. The diversity expands far beyond those styles that have made Charleston a tourist destination for years. Illustrated with 111 line drawings, Old Homes of South Carolina
is a comprehensive house-watcher’s guide to the state’s historical farmhouses, plantations, country homes, and mansions. Covering both cities and rural areas, Joy Stagg has selected a full range of imported and local architecture spanning the eras and styles of over three hundred years.
Because of its location, the state has been home for immigrants, colonists, and explorers from various Western European countries and has become a showcase of their architectural influences. Each entry in this encyclopedia of design is an authoritative look behind the doors of well-known as well as little-known homesteads.
Emphasizing the history of each home from its occupants to restorations, this guide is an excellent foundation for country travel, city walking tours, and reading at home. Ms. Rust’s detailed line drawings reflect the current beauty of each dwelling and the grandeur of its past. A locally acclaimed artist, she views each home not only for its architectural style and impressiveness, but also for its artistic pleasure, which makes Old Homes of South Carolina suitable for research, travel, or even planning one's own dream house.