Charleston Fancy: Little Houses and Big Dreams in the Holy City
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Author(s): Witold Rybczynski, Witold Rybczynski
Charleston, South Carolina, which boasts America's first historic district, is known for its palmetto-lined streets and picturesque houses. The Holy City, named for its profusion of churches, exudes an irresistible charm. Award-winning author and cultural critic Witold Rybczynski unfolds a series of stories about a group of youthful architects, builders and developers based in Charleston: a self-taught home builder, an Air Force pilot, a fledgling architect and a bluegrass mandolin player.Beginning in the 1980s, this cast of characters, exercising a kind of amateur mastery, produced an eclectic array of buildings inspired by the past ? including a domed Byzantine drawing room, a fanciful medieval castle, a restored freedman's cottage, a miniature Palladian villa and a contemporary Mediterranean street.
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