Magnificent Italianate Charleston Mansion

Magnificent Italianate Mansion on the Battery in Charleston, SC.

Built in 1848 by Huguenot planter John Ravenel, the pink, three-story, Italianate-style mansion is located on Charleston’s prestigious Battery with sweeping views of the harbor and Fort Sumter. It served as The Palmer House bed and breakfast from 1977 to 2016 before returning to private home use.

Regional variations and types are one of the elements that make architectural history interesting. In the semi-tropical climate of coastal South Carolina, a common type is the side gallery house. These houses have multi-story porches, or galleries, on one side, often serving as circulation corridors and outdoor living spaces which catch the ocean breezes and were important for comfort before the age of air conditioning. The side galleries are a character-defining feature of Charleston houses.

Understanding the style or type of a house and its character-defining features is the first step in planning a rehab/restoration project that retains the character of the house.

Twenty-five styles and types are included in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

The 720-page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is now available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available by mail directly from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also offers select restoration/preservation titles by other authors. Save with our multi-book combo packs!

© Scott T. Hanson 2023

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