A Downtown Charleston gem gets its time in the spotlight
In addition to photographing a Wadmalaw Island country house and a paradisiacal Daniel Island resort, Holger Obenaus also captured a historical gem while in the South Carolina area for the latest issue of Charleston Style & Design magazine.
The history-laden home, however, is not located on an island. Rather, the regal, four-story Federal-style property stakes its claim in the High Battery of downtown Charleston — where it has commanded attention since its original construction date of 1810.
Its 210-year-old status isn’t lost on the current homeowners, either, which is why they turned to legendary Charleston interior designer Merrill Benfield; only he could seamlessly integrate global panache and personalization specific to the homeowners — all while protecting the house’s integrity.
And, only Holger could capture all the Gilded Age glory and museum-quality interiors with the same level of finesse. At first glance, you may not even notice the level of detail in his photos, each of which is shot at just the right angle.
“Photographing a piece of well-preserved history is both a challenge and a treat for me. It’s like traveling back in time, yet telling a new story back to the future.” ~ Holger Obenaus
Play “I spy” with Holger’s photos that show off family heirlooms that are impeccably merged with antiques from all over the world. Scan the library’s rare book collections commingling with wood, Lucite, leather, and hidden lion motifs; an elegant kitchen gilded in gold. Look closely for tin ceilings, Scottish sideboards, sharkskin, and Scalamandré silk — and the list goes on!
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