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Posts Tagged ‘architecture’

Charleston History

by Blake Robinson

December 19th, 2017    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Last weekend, we traveled to Charleston, one of our favorite places in our new Low Country surroundings.  This is the Nathaniel Russell House, built in the early 1800’s. By the way, please click on each image, to see it LARGER and clearer. 

This cantilevered three-story staircase is a marvel – there are no nails in it, and each step rests on the one below. When they were renovating the house, experts were brought in to look at the staircase and see what might be done to strengthen it. All the experts replied – “Just leave it alone!”

The house cost about $80,000 to build over five years, at a time when the average house was valued at under $300. 

Mr. Russell had been a British loyalist in the period leading up to the Revolutionary War. He wisely chose to go to England during the war. On his return, the Charleston town fathers made him wait on his ship in the harbor for two months, deciding whether to let him back into the city. They finally did. Likely still feeling on somewhat tenuous ground, Russell made another wise move – he married a woman from one of the best families in Charleston. He became “one of us!”

To read more about this historic house, see Nathaniel Russell House

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the other communities of Beaufort County, South Carolina.

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Charleston Architecture

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I haven’t been blogging for quite a while – it’s good to be back!

Recently we visited Charleston, South Carolina, and took some pictures in the old part of the city, on the Peninsula and “South of Broad,” to quote the title of a favorite Pat Conroy novel.

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These houses above are part of “Rainbow Row” – all with beautiful pastel colors.

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Walking around the streets, it’s easy to picture Charleston life in 1700’s – genteel and slow paced. The people of Charleston are friendly and open, even with the barrage of tourists.

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Most of the pictured houses are along the Battery, the extreme south end of the peninsula. There is a walkway along the water. Just out of the frame to the left is Fort Sumter. My dear spouse Marjorie enjoys the view here.

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All the houses are immaculately kept up. I had mixed success capturing the houses without any ugly modern vehicles to spoil the view.

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If you haven’t been to Charleston, it should definitely be on your list!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

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Grace Farms

by Blake Robinson

October 20th, 2015    3 Comments     Add Comment
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Today, I went up to see the newly opened Grace Farms in New Canaan. Grace Farms adds new meaning to the phrase “multi-purpose.”

On over 80 acres of grounds, there are: a church, a library, a dining space, amazing works of art, walking trails, horse paddocks, and even a gymnasium with a basketball court. 77 of the 80 acres will remain as open space.

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The very modern architecture is full of curved walkways connecting the various buildings. You can read more about Grace Farms in an article from the New York Times last weekend.

By the way, please click on any photo in this blog post, and it will appear LARGER and CLEARER.

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Just walking around this morning, I was blown away by the beauty of the landscape and how all the buildings have floor-to-ceiling glass, so you are always connected to the outdoors.

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Hope you will have a chance to see Grace Farms soon – It’s still wrapped in gorgeous fall foliage. Will be fun to see all the ways this place will be used and enjoyed over the years ahead.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

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