House before remodel
Photo: Wendy K
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A Poetic Remodel: Before

Who: Wendy K
Where: Isle of Palms, S.C.

We bought a little cottage on a great lot near the beach. A title search confirmed that the house, in addition to being one of the oldest on the island (1914) was once owned by acclaimed American poetess Beatrice Witte Ravenel. She was one of the Witte sisters, famous in Charleston society of the late 1800s. The sisters were known for their beauty and intellect. And also the fact that their father once was so smitten by a trained bear at the circus, he bought it on the spot and brought it home to his daughters.

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