We loved combing through the history of some of the beautiful homes that have inspired one of our latest collections, The Historical Doors of Charleston. We loved it so much that we wanted to continue sharing more information about the stunning architecture and the stories behind each door!
It’s so easy to draw inspiration for our new collections every day. You just have to take a walk in and around our beautiful city, and inspiration hits. Pay attention to the line of every home, what makes each stand out on its own, and see what story was the architect trying to tell, We may never know the answers or fully replicate the architecture, but all of our pieces celebrate the beauty of Charleston. We want to cherish every bit of life within our city and allow you to take those pieces home with you!
THE JOHN ASHE HOUSE
The stunning neoclassical entrance into the John Ashe House, including the door, and its surrounding detail, date to the residence’s original construction in 1782. The six-panel door is ornamented by arched pediment fanlight above the door, and sidelights with looped tracery detail. This beautiful home was constructed in 1782 and was renovated in 1930. It was very recently put on the map once again because when it was sold in 2015 to its newest owners, it set the record for the amount paid for a home in the historic district. The home was purchased for 7.72 million, and its asking price was 9.895 million.
The home is a four-story, 10,888 square foot beauty. The land the home would be built on was purchased by Captain Arthur Hall, a member of Commons House Assembly in the early 1700’s. Colonel Joseph Ashe later acquired the plot of land and had the incredible home built. He later left it to his son Sir John Ashe. The home remained in the Ashe family until 1870. The home itself was designed and built by William Miller and his partner John Fuller. The home was built to echo the maritime nature of Ashe’s successful shipping business. The house was altered in the 1930s, but the nine first floor windows and the dormer are rumored to be original.
In 1973, the home became a historic national landmark. When the home was purchased in 2015 at its prestigious sale, it was meticulously restored from the lowest brick to the gold sphere on top of the cupola. The cupola is rumored to have served as an early lighthouse for Col. Ashe’s ships containing goods traveling into the colonial port of Charleston.
To learn more about this amazing home, visit the link below! https://charleston.pastperfectonline.com/archive/2B409C3B-9352-47A4-B746-412624314406
THE COOPER-BEE HOUSE
Our piece of jewelry inspired by the Cooper-Bee house is adapted from the knob and plate on the piazza door. The elaborate design originally in brass, is primarily acanthus leaves. It is unusual to find acanthus leaves clustered in a circular motif as this. They are more commonly linearly used in designs making this a much more unique creation!
At 94 Church Street in Downtown Charleston, you will find this beautiful home waiting patiently for you. It was built in the 1790s as a three-story hipped roof center passage plan home. The ground floor was used for commercial purposes and offices. It is one of three homes located between 90 and 84 Church Street and has a narrow passage between the houses providing access to the neighboring buildings and into the interior block found behind the homes. The set of three homes was built between 1760 and 1765. Samuel G. Stoney called the homes “three variations on the theme of the Charleston ‘Single House'”.
Three prominent members of society had these buildings built. Leger, Christie, and Cooper were each wealthy, socially successful, and each had architectural aspirations. From their aspirations, the homes were born. During the mid 19th century, the Cooper-Bee house received new outbuildings, two-story piazzas, and the removal of the commercial part of the building turning it into a fully functioning home. The new restoration of the home was considered quite contemporary!
After serving as a home once this new renovation was completed, it was turned into the Spring Tour Headquarters for the Historic Charleston Foundation. After it’s stint as headquarters it was returned to a home and was once again heavily restored by its now current owner.
To learn more about this interesting and beautiful home, visit the link below! https://charleston.pastperfectonline.com/archive/E0DE05DF-1D61-4FDD-8A86-499541343426