01 September 2014

The best of Gothic Ice Houses

Gothic Ice House, Botany Bay Plantation, Edisto, S.C.
There aren't many buildings left on the Botany Bay Plantation site but how adorable is this one left standing? This was the old ice house.
It is estimated that the Ice House was built in the 1840s. There was a garden that surrounded the ice and smoke houses which was designed by an Asian Botanist named Oqui who John Townsend brought from Washington, DC to create his garden. It is believed that the white poppies surrounding the building today are remnants of the once elaborate garden. The Smoke House is the only other extant building from the plantation and it is a tabby Greek Revival building.The Ice House is a small building with distinctive Gothic Revival trim, a steeply pitched dormer and Gothic arched shuttered windows.
The other little building is the tabby gardener's shed. I found a sweet water color of the shed found here by Gary Nemcosky.

There was a garden that surrounded the ice and smoke houses which was designed by an Asian Botanist named Oqui who John Townsend brought from Washington, DC to create his garden. It is believed that the white poppies surrounding the building today are remnants of the once elaborate garden. The Smoke House is the only other extant building from the plantation and it is a tabby Greek Revival building.