Villa Margherita – Charleston, South Carolina

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The Villa Margherita is a historic mansion located at 4 South Battery in downtown Charleston. The home was financed by Andrew Simonds, founder and president of the First National Bank of South Carolina, and given to his wife Daisy as a wedding present in the mid-1890s.

Villa Margherita

Brandon Coffey of North Charleston, 2005 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Simonds recruited famed New York and Chicago architect Frederick P. Dinkelberg, who also designed Manhattan’s famous Flatiron building, to create a home that would reflect his expanding fortune. Dinkelberg’s design combined the emerging Beaux Arts style with the popular Renaissance Revival style. Key features of the home include the Corinthian-columned portico, a second-floor ballroom, and South Carolina’s first indoor swimming pool.

Villa Margherita South Battery

Gil La Strapes of Florence, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The home served as a famous inn from 1905 through 1953 and hosted three United States presidents among other prominent guests. Its location directly across from Charleston’s White Point Garden makes it a point of interest on walking tours. Though the home had fallen into disrepair over the years, new owners who purchased the Villa Margherita in 2012 have begun restoration efforts.

Reflections on Villa Margherita

Photographer Brandon Coffey recognized the aesthetic of this building even before the latest renovations began: “You look at it now and it’s so neglected – the columns are crumbling, but it’s still beautiful.”

Another photographer, Gil LaStrapes, makes a similar observation: “I often visit historic area, looking for that special place, that either hasn’t changed or has seen better days. I’m hoping to capture a moment in time, before it’s gone or before it’s unavailable to the public. In the case of Villa Margherita, she is as beautiful revealing her all of weathered flaws as she was the day her doors were opened to her first resident, Daisy Breaux Simonds, as a wedding gift from her husband in 1892.”

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Villa Margherita Info

Address: 4 South Battery, Charleston, SC 29401

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One Comment about Villa Margherita

Gil LaStrapesNo Gravatar says:
September 28th, 2013 at 10:13 am

One of my favorite Charleston landmarks, I was able to get a few fairly nice shots of the Villa Margherita prior to its restoration, although I would love to take more. What a wonderful example of Charleston architecture.

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