Wall Street Journal: Mansion: Real Estate Redux: A Shipping Magnate’s Southern Manse

Calhoun Mansion

A Shipping Magnate’s Southern Manse

In Charleston, S.C., the Calhoun Mansion has a riches-to-rags past; now restored, its value today is …

In the 1850s, shipping merchant George Walton Williams spent $40,000 to purchase adjacent three lots in the Charleston, S.C., neighborhood now known as South of Broad. Years later—with the city rising from the ashes of the Civil War—he hired architect William P. Russell to design a 24,000-square-foot, 35-room manor, which cost another $200,000 to build.

The house, completed in 1876, was the first area residence with indoor plumbing. All rooms have 14-foot ceilings, ornate moldings and chandeliers with art and lighting by…

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Hotel Flashback: An Old San Francisco Mainstay Soldiers On

By Mary Beth Klatt

Rank has its privileges in the military. Case in point: Pershing Hall at the Presidio in San Francisco. The Colonial Revival red-brick building with Georgian and Federal Revival elements is named after famed general John “Blackjack” Pershing, who served at the Presidio of San Francisco. It was a handsome home away from home for high-ranking, bachelor officers for decades. The three-story hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is now 22-room boutique hotel Inn at the Presidio. San Francisco firms Architectural Resources Group and BraytonHughes Design Studios collaborated on the $7 million renovation.

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Mid Century Modern Round Up: Milwaukee’s Upside Down House, Harry Bertoia, and More

It’s not often I get to actually visit the houses I post about in these round-ups, but I saw the Midwestern Beauty in the picture above.

  • That Midwestern Beauty? That’s this 1955 house. It’s iupside down – kitchen is on the top floor! The house feels small for a family, but what a view from the living room.
  • I like the idea of these birdhouse campers. But I’d want to play with them and have them by pulled by a mini classic car. Who’s with me here?
  • Well known for designing for Knoll, Harry Bertoia’s daughter will speaking about her father’s work at IIT next month.
  • Last Lustron ever built? Hard to know for sure, but this Illinois house is on the market.
  • An early historic preservation Jane Jacobs’ prescient words on what would be her 100th birthday on Wednesday.

That’s it for now, friends. Enjoy.

Mid Century Moderne Round Up: Australia, TWA Hotel, Marvin Rand and More

In no particular order, here are the things all Mid Century Modern that have fascinated me. I’ll start in the order of what fascinates me most:

That’s it friends. If you’re in Chicago, enjoy the weather!

Real-Estate Redux: Wall Street Journal: Merchant’s House Museum, New York City

New York’s Merchant’s House Museum Offers Rare Glimpse of Family Life in the 1800s

The museum, the city’s only 19th-century family home preserved intact, provides a look at everyday life

The hand-knit, knee-high socks hang on a rack next to a stove on the fourth floor. Downstairs, a wool paisley shawl rests on a sofa.

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Mid Century Round Up: Instagram Worthy Garage Doors; Gary, Indiana Church and More

Here’s my weekly round-up of all things Mid Century Modern, a list that I build all week long.

That’s it for today, friends. Over and out for now.