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Nathaniel Russell House

51 Meeting St, Charleston, South Carolina 29401 USA

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“A beautiful Neoclassical home”

Since 1808, visitors have admired the grand Federal townhouse of Charleston merchant Nathaniel Russell. Set amid spacious formal gardens, the Nathaniel Russell House is a National Historic Landmark and is widely recognized as one of America’s most important neoclassical dwellings. The graceful interior with elaborate plasterwork ornamentation, geometrically shaped rooms and a magnificent free-flying staircase are among the most exuberant ever created in early America. Located in Downtown Charleston near High Battery, the house is furnished with period antiques and works of art that evoke the gracious lifestyle of the city's merchant elite. Today the Nathaniel Russell House interprets the lives of the Russell family, as well as the African American slaves and artisans who were responsible for maintaining one of the South's grandest antebellum townhouses.

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Reviewed by
Chini Tiongco

  • 211 Reviews
  • 84 Helpful
September 03, 2014
Rated 4.0

The house and the garden were beautiful and inside the house it was stunning. The details of the house were flawless and the furniture was amazing. It really looks authentic and classy. The tour was really interesting. The tour guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Great place to visit.

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Reviewed by
Eric

  • 14 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
May 07, 2016
Rated 5.0

As an architecture buff, I love touring old homes. And this is one of the best I’ve had a chance to visit. The Nathaniel Russell House is striking on the outside with it’s beautiful brick facade and quaint park-like gardens, but it’s the inside of this place that really shines and is totally worth the price of admission if you’re into architecture or history or just enjoy seeing pretty things built for rich people. The work done to restore this home is superb and thank goodness for it, as there are some real gems to see here. Most notably that incredible cantilevered staircase. How’d they build such a thing back in the early 1800s? Who knows, but it’s just as impressive as everyone says.

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Nathaniel Russell House

51 Meeting St
Charleston, South Carolina
29401 USA

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Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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