The Majesty of Charleston

The Majesty of Charleston

by Peter Beney
     
 

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"A small, top-quality hardcover book with brilliant photography . . . recommended for those who may be considering a trip to Charleston or an armchair traveler interested in architecture and history."
-Reba J. McMellon, The Mississippi Press

The architectural profile of Charleston has had many face-lifts. Time, natural disasters, and wars have all left scars on

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"A small, top-quality hardcover book with brilliant photography . . . recommended for those who may be considering a trip to Charleston or an armchair traveler interested in architecture and history."
-Reba J. McMellon, The Mississippi Press

The architectural profile of Charleston has had many face-lifts. Time, natural disasters, and wars have all left scars on historic homes and buildings, but still they exemplify the city's charm. Unlike many other cities, Charleston has abided by a desire to repair and maintain as opposed to raze and modernize.

Inside The Majesty of Charleston, photographer Peter Beney presents 242 color photos that preserve the beauty that nature has tried so hard to destroy. Stately mansions, historical landmarks, exquisite churches, museum houses, and many other buildings appear throughout this guide to the city's past. A gallery of fine architecture, this book gives readers an invitation to see, behind closed doors, the history and renovations that have made Charleston one of the best-preserved cities in the country.

Included in the tour are well-known residences such as the Heyward-Washington House, the Nathaniel Russell House, and the Calhoun Mansion. The raising of the Hunley submarine and its current home, the Warren Lasch Conservation Center, are also featured. In all, there are over sixty destinations, which can make for a magnificent safari for house watchers on the streets of Charleston, or just a delightful read for the armchair traveler.

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Library Journal
Beney, a pioneer in color travel photography and author of The Majesty of Savannah (Pelican, 1992), offers another fine entry in his series on Southern cities. The book contains little text, but the introduction and the lengthy photo captions offer an abundance of useful information. While most city guides simply enumerate the points of interest on a walking tour, Beney's splendid photos provide us with a more detailed look at the interiors and furnishings of Charleston's mansions, churches, and other public buildings. The map included at the back should be helpful to readers as they either envision the tour or actually make it. This unusual city guide should appeal to students of history, interior design, and architecture as well as to travelers to Charleston. With its modest price, it would make a nice complement to any U.S. travel or history collection and to collections that strongly support picture research.-- Elizabeth Loftus, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589802704
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Series:
Majesty Series
Pages:
104
Sales rank:
882,330
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)

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