Saturday, May 2, 2009

CITY HOUSES: Charleston South Carolina

The Charleston side porch house prevails throughout the old city, in major and modest manifestations.
Merchants' mansions on the Battery,
the most common two-story versions,
and the more obscure, now (not as well-preserved) single-story side porch houses known as Freedman's Cottages. This streetscape features the first-mentioned types. I hope to draw the Freedman's Cottages in another iteration.
As for urban context, the palmettoes and the sea at the edge of the peninsula which the Battery houses overlook are essential, and the antique wallpaper pattern conveys the decorum of Charlestonian senses.
I will add watercolor to the porch spaces, highlighted on the print in a very light yellow, as the final layer.

1 comment:

miss b said...

Oh my! I had no idea you were doing other cities too. Just delightful!