One of the many fascinating historic homes that can be toured in downtown Charleston is the Calhoun Mansion. Learn more about this incredible mansion down below!
A Historic Home Straight Out of the Gilded Age
The history of the Calhoun Mansion is closely tied with that of post-Civil War downtown Charleston.
In hopes of helping the city recover from the devastating effects of the Civil War, George Walton Williams commissioned architect William P. Russel, as well as hundreds of local craftsmen and artisans, to build a grand, baronial Italianate manor house over the course of five years. Renowned for its beauty and decadence even at the time it was built in 1876, the Calhoun Mansion in Charleston South Carolina cost a total of $200,000, with the lot adding an additional $40,000 in Confederate currency.
The Calhoun Mansion still maintains a reputation as being one of the greatest post-Civil War mansions along the entire Eastern Seaboard. The home’s twenty-four thousand square feet hold thirty-five rooms, twenty-three fireplaces, fourteen-foot ceilings, a seventy-five foot domed ceiling above the stairwell, a music room with a forty-five foot glass skylight, and a sixty-five foot long grand entrance hall.
As amazing as the mansion was regarded, after Williams’ death in 1903, the historic home changed hands to the point where by 1972, it had deteriorated to the point of being condemned. At this point, a Charleston native spent $5,000,000 and twenty-five years working to restore the home, which now remains a private residence that is open to the public for daily viewing.
Daily public tours are given between the hours of 11:00am and 4:30pm during December through February and from 11:00am until 5:00pm from March through November, with tours departing on the hour and half-hour. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Tickets are priced at $16.00 per person, and can be purchased ahead of time or on the day of the tour online or in the Museum Shop. Outside of the daily tour, the Calhoun Mansion now offers a Grand Tour, which lasts for an hour and a half and covers the mansion in its entirety, including the ornate Italianate tower. Reservations made by phone or online are required for the Grand Tour, with tickets priced at $75.00 per person.
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