Sneak Peek: Charleston
Get an exclusive look at the second TOH project house this season in Charleston, SC
The second house in Charleston, South Carolina, that TOH is working on is a circa-1890 Greek Revival in one of the city’s historic districts. The house has been in the same family for several generations, but has been unoccupied for many years and needs extensive work.
Renovation architect Andrew Gould, of New World Byzantine, says that the house’s two-story layout with a side hallway is a common Victorian-era urban house plan for Charleston, although the symmetrical front porch with formal turned columns is more elegant than other similar houses. “The house has loads of light, with big windows on all sides. I also like that the original staircase is intact, with very beautiful wood turnings,” says Gould.
Since it’s located in a historic district, the Greek Revival house requires careful renovation plans. One result of the historic district review process is that the homeowner was granted permission to build a new back porch to replace a mismatched corner porch that was not original; a two-story rear porch across the entire back of the house is included in Gould’s design.
A new foundation was recently poured, and work is under way to give the neglected house a second life.
Watch the progress on the Insider Exclusive Charleston Single House—Interior Webcam.