There is something delicious about the prospect of taking a dilapidated building and restoring it to its former grandeur. Every architect and designer worth their salt has a moment of salivation at the mere thought of taking a tumbledown old house and breathing life back into it.
Whilst mere mortals might have been a little wary of the massive undertakings required to bring the three-storey terrace on Bee’s Row Charleston, South Carolina to life, the founding duo of the Brooklyn design studio
The house, built in 1853, is one of four brownstones built on historic Bee’s Row in Charleston, in the Harleston Village neighbourhood. Taken over during the Civil War the properties were used as warehouses for goods smuggled through the Union blockade during the Civil War. Distinguished by their terracotta pediments, cast iron fences and elaborate interior mouldings, these tall row houses resemble similar structures built in Savannah, Philadelphia, and Baltimore in the mid-19th century. Although each house has been altered over the years, each retains their original Italianate-style stone mantels and console-bracketed arch door surrounds ordered from New England.
Workstead were keen to explore the language of what they refer to as
The terrace comes with its own carriage house, which also needs to be totally restored but the designers are happy to wait to complete it. Neither of them like the idea of an instant house, preferring instead the opportunity for the house and carriage house to evolve over a period of time.
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