07 April 2014

Charleston Symphony Designer House

67 Rutledge Ave., Charleston, S.C.
One of my favorite houses on Rutledge Ave. is the Annual Designer Showhouse for the Charleston Symphony League this year. Hmmm.....should I break down and buy a ticket to see inside? Each room is decorated by a different designer.
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League’s 37th Annual Designer Showhouse at 67 Rutledge Avenue is an antebellum treasure located in Harleston Village. Built in 1852, this elegant home is known for its broad porch with a gray and white marble floor and Moorish arches framed in latticework. 
 
The house features heart pine floors, etched glass windows, 10 fireplaces, a copper bathtub, and some of the first indoor plumbing in Charleston.  It includes a dependency that once housed a stable and carriage house, wash house, school room and kitchen. Now, this property has been transformed into a showcase by some of the Lowcountry’s most talented interior designers. 
 
From March 20 through April 19, the public will be invited to view their work from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. Along with an exclusive boutique, and sales from designers’ rooms, guests can enjoy alfresco dining in the “Secret Garden” from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 
Now in its 37th year, the League’s Designer Showhouse has been a major fundraising event for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and for student scholarships that total more than $30,000 annually.
 
Showhouse tickets are $20 at the door. For further information, please call (843) 723-0020 or write marilyn315@aol.com.