Doors and Gates in Charleston

As mentioned in my previous post, my sisters and I had a reunion in Charleston, South Carolina in early March. The Charleston Historic District is a photographer’s dream and anyone interested in architecture and history would enjoy wandering there. During our stay, we walked every day and admired many beautiful and historic homes and buildings.

Since I live a car-free lifestyle, I love that the Charleston Historic District is walkable and the streets are kept clean. Even though the Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) operates three routes on the Charleston peninsula and the ride is free, we chose to walk and explore at our own pace.

Today’s galleries include photos of Charleston-style houses, doors and gates in The Battery and King Street neighbourhoods. I love the house architecture and unique black iron gate designs. Click on an image in the gallery for better view and use arrows to move through the gallery.

Charleston-Style Houses

I learned about five distinguishing features of a Charleston single house: 1) A long, narrow shape 2) A wider side 3) A faux front door 4) A porch, and 5) A consistent interior layout.

The Charleston single houses have tall, narrow fronts and are typically only one room wide on the home’s street-facing side. From the side, however, they can be the width of several rooms. Although single houses appear to have a centralized front entryway, this door actually leads to a small piazza or porch.

The piazzas always appear on the side of the house with the front door which, to take best advantage of local winds, will be the south or west side. The true entryway was typically placed along the porch, so the house residents could have more privacy entering and exiting their homes.

The Charleston double house faces the street at its full length—rather than just one room’s width. Charleston double houses are less common than single houses.

The Battery

This gallery includes photos of gates at different heights. Some gates are flanked by green plants or lion statues. The gate with the lamp atop is the entrance to the historic Edmonston-Alston House circa 1825. The pink house adds privacy with green plants on two of the three archways. The double wooden doors in the last photo are solidly handsome.

King Street

This gallery includes three narrow single iron gates and three wide double gates. Two of the single gates are slightly ajar. The hanging planters with pretty flowers and the red bricks are lovely to see.

Weekend Coffee Share

I spotted this mural near Charleston City Market and thought it was perfect for today’s Weekend Coffee Share and Photographing Public Art Challenge.

Mural by David Boatwright, 2020 in Charleston

What do you think about Charleston-style houses? Did you see any door or gate you like? For more door photos, visit Dan’s #ThursdayDoors photo challenge.

Please note that there will be no linkup on March 31 as I’ll be taking a blogging break next week. I’ll return with a fresh post and resume hosting Weekend Coffee Share on April 7. Thank you.

I’d love for you to share what’s been happening, simple joys from your week and/ or favourite public art photos from around the world in the comments or Weekend Coffee Share linkup #112 InLinkz below.

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110 thoughts on “Doors and Gates in Charleston

  1. Dan Antion March 24, 2023 / 8:18 am

    Wonderful doors, Natalie and I love your photos of these houses and the gates. Our PBS series This Old House had a project house in Charleston a few years ago. Those houses are so interesting. It is a walkable city, and we benefit from your walking.

    Enjoy your break. I hope you have some nice spring weather.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 24, 2023 / 5:14 pm

      Thank you, Dan. I’m glad you liked my photos. I also took photos of some impressive buildings and churches in Charleston. They are not as charming as the houses so they are in my archive. “See” you in April.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Liesbet @ Roaming About March 24, 2023 / 8:29 am

    I agree Charleston is a photographer’s paradise. I couldn’t get enough of the architecture, gates, and doors!

    I think they built those single houses “sideways”, because of tax reasons. Apparently, tax was being paid based on the length that borders the road, therefore, most houses are much deeper than they are wide. But maybe that was somewhere else I visited on the east coast… 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 24, 2023 / 5:19 pm

      Liesbet, I heard of that “tax reasons” explanation. They may apply to Charleston’s Rainbow Row houses which are attached and on narrow lots but not the pink houses that I shared in this post. Have you been to Charleston Historic District?

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  3. leannelc March 24, 2023 / 8:29 am

    Those houses are beautiful Natalie – and the pink is just gorgeous – it reminds me of the colonial manors. The wrought iron gatework is lovely too – and well done on finding a coffee share mural in keeping with your great party.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 24, 2023 / 5:22 pm

      Thanks, Leanne, for your positive feedback. I’m glad you liked those houses and iron gates. The soft pink reminds me of some houses that I saw in Bermuda.


    • Natalie March 24, 2023 / 5:26 pm

      Agreed. Thank you for your comment.


    • Natalie March 24, 2023 / 5:27 pm

      They are at the front of the house and give the first impression.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Retirement Reflections March 24, 2023 / 12:50 pm

    Hi, Natalie – I greatly enjoyed your photos of the Charleston-style houses. The doors and gates were all super interesting making it impossible for me to choose a favourite. Enjoy your blogging break. I will be on a blogging break for the full month of April. See you in May!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 24, 2023 / 5:29 pm

      Hi Donna, I’m glad you enjoyed my photos in this post. Have a wonderful blogging break. See you in May!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 24, 2023 / 5:29 pm

      The pink houses stand out, don’t they? Glad you liked them.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Marsha March 24, 2023 / 1:00 pm

    How beautiful, Natalie. What a beautiful city. Do you have a favorite area of Charleston? The gates are all fabulous, and I love, love, love the mural. Did you take the horse carriage tour?

    I didn’t know that you lived a car-free lifestyle! My first MIL lived like that. I have never tried it, but it sure would save a lot of money! I knew you biked a lot. Bravo, Bravo!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 24, 2023 / 5:38 pm

      Hi Marsha, I really liked The Battery and waterfront in Charleston. I didn’t take the horse carriage tour since I’d rather walk. I’ve been living a car-free lifestyle all my adult life and love it. Thank you for your comment.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Marsha March 25, 2023 / 12:17 pm

        You grow more and more amazing, the longer I know you, Natalie. Have a wonderful week. 🙂


        • Natalie March 25, 2023 / 2:05 pm

          Thank you Marsha for your kind words. Have a wonderful weekend and week ahead!

          Liked by 1 person

  6. Ally Bean March 24, 2023 / 2:08 pm

    I adore Charleston style architecture. It seems quaint yet practical. And they do photograph beautifully!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 24, 2023 / 6:35 pm

      Thank you Ally for your comment. There are a lot of beautiful homes and buildings in the Charleston Historic District. I really enjoyed my walks when I was there.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Thistles and Kiwis March 24, 2023 / 2:33 pm

    I’m sitting here with my breakfast tea and have been taken to another world..what wonderful buildings and photos. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 24, 2023 / 6:35 pm

      You’re welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed my post and photos.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Joanne March 24, 2023 / 2:42 pm

    So many fun gates and things. I really enjoyed the architecture and walking around… I definitely do not live a car-free lifestyle out here in the country but I do love when we visit cities like this where walking is easy and there’s so much to see.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 24, 2023 / 6:37 pm

      I love walkable cities and towns. Charleston Historic District is full of beautiful architecture and fun things to see.


  9. Bernie March 24, 2023 / 3:18 pm

    Love all the doors, gates, and houses. It’s hard to pick a favourite!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bernie March 24, 2023 / 3:23 pm

      This is my public art for the week – lets title it “bearly hanging in there waiting for spring”

      Liked by 1 person

      • Natalie March 24, 2023 / 6:39 pm

        Thank you Bernie for your public art contribution. I love the title 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  10. Alison March 24, 2023 / 3:27 pm

    Just love that pink house, very Spanish looking. Have been absent from blogging. My dad just passed away and currently in the UK taking care of my mum who has dementia. Not sure if it’s appropriate to comment like this though 🙂
    Just randomly looking at my blog now and again.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 24, 2023 / 6:42 pm

      Ali, I’m sorry for your loss. I was thinking about you and wondering how you’re doing in the UK. I hope you have the support you need for you and your mum. Please take care. Thank you for stopping by.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Alison March 25, 2023 / 9:44 am

        Thanks for your thoughts Natalie 😊


  11. restlessjo March 24, 2023 / 5:58 pm

    Such an elegant looking place, Natalie! My son-in-law specialises in wrought iron. He’d never be out of work there. Have a great week off!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 24, 2023 / 6:45 pm

      Jo, I agree your SIL would never be out of work in Charleston. Wrought iron is popular there. Have a great weekend and a safe trip to the UK in April!


  12. Michelle March 24, 2023 / 7:07 pm

    The houses and gates are are lovely! You asked which gate we liked the best. Honestly, I like them all, but the gates with flower baskets really caught my attention. So fun and different. What a fun trip!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 24, 2023 / 8:37 pm

      The flower baskets are really nice touches. Thank you for your comment.


  13. Dan March 24, 2023 / 7:33 pm

    Now I really want to go to Charleston. It looks like a great town to visit. And our goal has been to live where we don’t need a car. It’s a lot less stressful, and it’s healthier.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 24, 2023 / 8:43 pm

      In my previous post about Charleston, several commenters have also visited Charleston and all said they enjoyed the city. I’ve been living a car-free lifestyle all my adult life so your goal to live where you don’t need a car is quite achievable when you choose the right location.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Dan March 24, 2023 / 8:53 pm

        We were car-free in Buenos Aires and Mexico City, and now in NYC. I love it.


        • Natalie March 24, 2023 / 9:26 pm

          Charleston is much smaller than those three cities. You can walk or bike all over the Charleston peninsula. The free shuttle is available, too.


  14. ganga1996 March 24, 2023 / 9:36 pm

    You did really good with those doors! I love and have always loved double doors. A walking tour is always fun since you do not miss anything.

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  15. Yinglan March 25, 2023 / 12:02 am

    Thanks for sharing, Natalie. I’ve always found Charleston to be a fascinating place to visit, mostly because of its history-rich environment. I would love to visit there some day.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 25, 2023 / 1:48 pm

      You’re welcome, Yinglan. There are many historic buildings and sites in Charleston with information plaques explaining the history. I hope you get to visit the city.

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Maria March 25, 2023 / 2:30 am

    All the angles and the different types of plants outside is most appealing to me. I would love to take a walk there. I think it is amazing that all those houses are still there. How was humidity this time of the year?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 25, 2023 / 1:53 pm

      Humidity was low and the weather was pleasant in early March. Charleston is walkable and has many beautiful and historic homes and buildings to see.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Maria March 26, 2023 / 1:20 am

        That sounds wonderful!


  17. Teresa March 25, 2023 / 2:43 am

    The houses are magnificent and I especially love the metal gates.

    Here is mine for this week.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 25, 2023 / 1:56 pm

      Thank you Sofia for your PPAC contribution. Lisbon is one of my favourite European cities.

      Liked by 1 person

  18. Jennifer Jones March 25, 2023 / 5:19 am

    Hi Natalie, I love the Charleston style houses and also the artistic gates. Was great to see more of your adventures in Charleston.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 25, 2023 / 1:57 pm

      Hi Jennifer, I’m glad you liked my post and photos. Thank you for linking up.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Karen March 25, 2023 / 6:06 am

    If I had to choose a door, it would be the red one. Red is my favorite color & I like that gate door combination. #Weekendcoffeeshare

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 25, 2023 / 1:58 pm

      That house with the red door and the low gate is charming. Excellent choice!


  20. trentpmcd March 25, 2023 / 7:22 am

    Great photos! I hope you have a good weekend and a wonderful week (or two) ahead! Enjoy your blogging break.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 25, 2023 / 2:00 pm

      Thank you Diane for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed my post.


  21. Antoinette Truglio Martin March 25, 2023 / 10:40 am

    Charleston has SO many great and simple sight sight to see and enjoy. So glad you had a wonderful visit.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 25, 2023 / 2:01 pm

      Charleston is a wonderful city to visit. I have more photos to share but don’t want to overdo it in one post.

      Liked by 1 person

  22. Janet Alcorn March 25, 2023 / 1:19 pm

    So glad you had a good trip! I really, really want to visit Charleston. I’ve been to Savannah, but I’ve heard Charleston is much nicer.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 25, 2023 / 2:03 pm

      Perhaps you can move Charleston up your travel list. If you don’t like humidity, visit Charleston in spring or late fall.

      Liked by 1 person

  23. Gary A Wilson March 25, 2023 / 2:37 pm

    You have to love the obvious glamor of some of these photos from US history, Also that it is copied so much in other cities, it just adds to the value of such designs. Great stuff again Natalie.

    Liked by 2 people

  24. Lydia C. Lee March 25, 2023 / 7:29 pm

    It’s a really beautiful city. I had no idea. Is this in the Randy Newman song (Sail away?)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 25, 2023 / 7:44 pm

      Yes, that’s Charleston. I walked by a historic building with a plaque that states it used to be a site for slave trades.


  25. Gail Is This Mutton March 26, 2023 / 3:08 am

    So much to see in Charleston! I love the architecture and all those wonderful gates.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 26, 2023 / 9:34 am

      Charleston is a wonderful city to visit. I’m glad you liked the architecture and gates.

      Liked by 1 person

  26. PamelaS.Canepa, Writing and Living March 26, 2023 / 10:32 am

    Their homes and the area are beautiful! In 1989, a hurricane came onto land and destroyed many homes there. I’m sure it’s all rebuilt now. I don’t think I have been back to visit since I was there months before that hurricane.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 26, 2023 / 1:25 pm

      I read about that hurricane. The Waterfront Park and its trees provide some protection to the new homes. Charleston Historic District is in beautiful condition now.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 26, 2023 / 1:27 pm

      Isn’t it a great mural? I’m glad you love it.


  27. Astrid March 26, 2023 / 11:43 am

    I am so glad you enjoyed walking around downtown Charleston. I am also happy to learn the shuttle is free for those who can’t or don’t want to walk longer distances.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 26, 2023 / 1:29 pm

      The free shuttle is a great option for visitors to Charleston.

      Liked by 1 person

  28. csuhpat1 March 26, 2023 / 2:28 pm

    Those doors are so very wonderful. Very nice. Thanks for sharing them.

    Liked by 2 people

  29. Rowena March 27, 2023 / 10:21 am

    Hi Natalie,
    Thanks for the tour of Charleston and the mention of “grits” which took me over to Google. Might have to have a go making that. I made corn bread years ago along with polenta. Sounds like a wonderful getaway catching up with family too.
    Best wishes,

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie March 27, 2023 / 10:58 am

      Hi Rowena, We had wonderful reunion. Enjoy making grits and let us at Weekend Coffee Share how it turns out. Have a great week!


  30. Kirstin Troyer March 30, 2023 / 9:59 am

    I think I remember you saying something about being car free…living where we live, I can’t imagine not having a car. I suppose if I lived in very large city where everything was so close or an easy bus ride away I could do it. Hmmm..I wonder. I do remember when we visited Boston, I told my husband I COULD not drive if I lived here. It was too stressful watching him navigate things.

    THat is interesting about those houses. I might have to go browse the site “For the love of old homes” to see if I can find examples of these and peer inside them.

    I love the gates and that mural too.

    See you next week.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie April 5, 2023 / 7:20 pm

      Thank you Kirstin for your comment. Sorry for the late reply as I was traveling. Some cities are designed better for a car-free lifestyle than others. I’ve been fortunate to live car-free all my adult life so far. Some of the historic homes in Charleston are open for tours and their websites have images of the interiors. See you this weekend.


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