Recently, we took a look at some of the most iconic, historic and beautiful buildings in and around Charleston. Amid all the natural wonders, the culinary delights, the history and culture, Charleston is ultimately a city of architecture. The city boasts some of the oldest and loveliest edifices in North America.
A few more of our gems to check out while you’re here:
Heyward Washington House, Aiken Rhett House, Nathaniel Russell House
Majestic houses constructed before 1818 that have played key roles in the development of downtown Charleston. All three are restored to their original or early appearance, with stunning 19th century wall coverings and furniture.
Circular Congregational Church, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Unitarian Church of Charleston
Each extraordinary in its own right, with religious traditions in Charleston dating to the 1680s. Circular is best known for the shape of the building; St. Phillip’s for its three porticoes that anchor Church Street; the Unitarian Church for its Gothic Revivalist style that earned it designation as a National Historic Landmark.
Charleston’s famous Pineapple Fountain is a favorite of children and adults alike. It welcome visitors to Waterfront Park along the Cooper River, from which visitors can see numerous other Charleston landmarks like the Cooper River Bridge, the Yorktown and visiting dolphins. The pineapple is a symbol of welcome to sailors returning home.
The spectacular new Gaillard Auditorium is the new world-class performance venue for this world-class city. Built in the neo-classical style and facing the world with Doric columns capped by ornate capitals, the newly-completed, $107-million structure features magnificent acoustics in the main performance hall, which was patterned after European opera houses.
Reborn after a four-year renovation, the Gaillard is a site to behold both visually and aurally.
You can see many of these sites on our Palmetto Carriage Tour Combo or our “See It All” Bus Combo. Tickets are available here.