Wow, it's really hot here now!! It's not even the middle of May, and already temps. are in the 80's and very muggy. I would love to have had a few more weeks in the 70-degree range, but we have to take what we can get. It was about this time last year that my husband and I took a short trip to Charleston, South Carolina -- what a wonderful and unique city!! Charleston is famous for its courtyard gardens, and we saw lots of pretty ones. Those serene and shady gardens are beckoning me right now, so come along with me for a tour.
I love the mix of cobblestones and brick here,
and the semi-circular balcony here.
A courtyard garden at one of the hotels we saw while out walking.
This pretty little garden and bird bath were behind the cemetery at the French Huguenot church.
Beautiful wrought iron detail on the gate.
I love this gate -- one of my favorites.
Below are some pictures of the courtyard garden at the Lodge Alley Inn, where we stayed on our trip.
The stained wood and diagonal grain (not to mention the hardware) on these doors is stunning.
Or how about these? Three different sets of arched, double doors here. I'm betting these used to be carriage houses or stables, what do you think? They have so much character.
Aren't these doors spectacular?!
This door looks elegant with the white columns on either side and the pediment on top.
How about a pink door? I would never have thought of a pink house with red shutters, but it seems to work, don't you think?
This is a simple black door, but I think it's just charming on this pink house. Hubby and I are currently watching the Tour de France, and I really can see the French influence scattered throughout Charleston.
The door knocker and brass letter slot add interest to the door.
I love the black trim with the trefoils above the door of the Huguenot church.
This red door has a beautiful fanlight and pediment above it. Did you notice the anchor hanging between the two lower windows on the front of the house?
Finally, here are three examples of the unique Charleston "Single House" architecture. The Single House is the architectural style most associated with Charleston. They are only one room wide, and the narrow end of the house faces the street.
Two-story verandas (called "piazzas" in Charleston) stretch down the long side of the house and face the home's side garden. The Single Houses were built to catch cross-ventilation in the days before air conditioning, and the piazza was a shaded place to sit.
One of the most notable features of a Charleston Single House is that the front door is on the porch. When you go through the front door from the street, you're on the front porch, not in the house proper. I love this architectural style; it really seems to fit perfectly in the South.
Have you ever visited Charleston, South Carolina? What did you think of this unique Single House architecture? I published four posts on Charleston last summer, and you can read those Here, Here, Here, and Here.
Thanks so very much for stopping by -- your visits and comments make my day! I hope you had a blessed Mother's Day and are enjoying the merry month of May. :)