The Leaning Piazzas of Charleston – Why do so many porches look like they are about to fall over?
An unexpected journey
The Mystery Man in the Wall of the Chancognie House
A small scrap of paper in the walls of the c.1810 Chancognie House in Charleston, SC led to an interesting discovery about early 20th century patent medicines.
Why I’m Wielding a Heat Gun on Sultry Summer Days
It’s all in the details as the saying goes – and with historic houses, once details are gone, they are often gone for good. And details are why I am stripping paint here at the Chancognie House in the midst of a heat wave. The wooden siding on the Chancognie House was made with a…
Charleston in the Time of Coronavirus – Part 2 – East Battery
I have seen East Battery deserted in advance of a hurricane, but I have never seen it this quiet on such a beautiful day. Before a hurricane, most of the houses here would be boarded up with shutters closed, bracing for the weather ahead, so this was an unusual opportunity to take pictures of the…
Charleston in the Time of Coronavirus – Part 1
Charleston enacted a stay at home order at midnight March 25 and a statewide order took effect April 7 at 5pm until further notice. For the past two weeks, I have been walking around downtown, taking pictures during my travels while carefully avoiding other pedestrians. At first, it felt similar to how the city feels…