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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.

Wentworth Mansion

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.

Wentworth Mansion

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.

Wentworth Mansion-Grand Staircase

Wentworth Mansion detail

Wentworth Mansion parlor
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.Mansion Room in the Wentworth Mansion Charleston SC

Etched glass doorway Wentworth Mansion

Etched glass doorway Wentworth Mansion

The cupola, where Rodger’s liked to watch out for fires, still commands a magnificent view of the Charleston skyline.

Wentworth Mansion Charleston roof top view

Wentworth Mansion Charleston roof top view

We enjoyed am amazing meal at Circa 1886, located in the former carriage house of the Wentworth Mansion.

Circa 1886 Charleston

Mr. H says: We should always take note of how we are housed, for fine architecture leads us to appreciate all the arts-Enjoy!

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