Wentworth Mansion-Charleston, SC
We had the pleasure of staying an evening at the Wentworth Mansion this weekend and of course I have lots architecture and design details to share about this historic Charleston gem.
Built between 1885 and 1887, by Francis Silas Rodgers, a wealthy cotton factor, phosphate manufacturer and shipping magnate, it is Charleston’s finest example of the Second Empire style. After Rodgers’ death, the building became the Scottish Rite Temple and in 1940 became offices for the Atlantic Coast Life insurance company. In 1998, after an 18-month restoration, the Wentworth Mansion opened as a boutique hotel, with many of the original features intact.
Designed during America’s Gilded Age, this opulent residence, boasts hand-carved marble fireplaces, intricate woodwork, Tiffany stained glass windows and detailed tile and wood floors.
Our elegant Mansion room, so-called since it was once a family bedroom, featured a sitting room in an enclosed porch with a beautiful etched glass doorway leading out to it.
The cupola, where Rodger’s liked to watch out for fires, still commands a magnificent view of the Charleston skyline.
We enjoyed am amazing meal at Circa 1886, located in the former carriage house of the Wentworth Mansion.
Mr. H says: We should always take note of how we are housed, for fine architecture leads us to appreciate all the arts-Enjoy!