Charleston Battery Colonial Revival

This beautiful Colonial Revival style house on Charleston’s East Battery was built in 1898 by Nanny Miles Chisolm. She and her husband, W. Gregg Chisolm, lived there until 1901. The house has sweeping views of the harbor and Fort Sumter.

America’s most enduring residential architectural style, the Colonial Revival started in the late 19th century and has never really gone away. A product of the late Victorian period, it looked back to the Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival styles, freely combining elements from them all. It was a very compatible style for cities like Charleston, which contained many houses of the Colonial and Early Republic period.

Understanding the style of your house should be the starting point for planning your rehabilitation project. It will help you identify which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

Colonial Revival is one of the 25 styles and types illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors, including Virginia Savage’s classic “A Field Guide to American Houses.” Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!

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