It is such an honor to be working alongside my fellow designers and the tireless Charleston Symphony Orchestra League volunteers on this fabulous project! The Henry Street House is gem that displays the glory of Charleston architecture. A big thank you goes out to Meg & Allen Biggers for providing us with the perfect canvas with which to work. – Alexandre Fleuren
The Carriage House is a private retreat for the man and woman of the house. In the first room in the Carriage House, the man’s study, we envision a man with a keen interest in Lowcountry nature, photography, architecture, and history. The space is filled with reminders of the past, yet still looks to the future with plans for new spaces in our beautiful Holy City. The second room in the Carriage House is a private retreat for the woman of the house. In the lady’s study, the homeowner can escape the noise and busyness of a home filled with children and guests, and focus on work tasks, hobbies, or a good book. We envision a woman who enjoys a quiet conversation with a friend, a cup of tea and a good book, and frankly, time alone!”
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc. Kicks off its 40th Annual Designer Showhouse in Partnership with Traditional Home and Charleston Magazine
The Designer Showhouse will open March 16 and feature 19 interior designers from the southeastern United States.
The annual Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc. (CSOL®) Designer Showhouse is celebrating its monumental 40th year this spring in partnership with Traditional Home and Charleston Magazine. Opening March 16, the house will feature 18 exquisitely designed spaces by 21 locally and nationally-renowned interiors designers. All proceeds benefit the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and fund CSOL® Music Scholarships.
Located at the Henry Street House on 36 Society Street, the 2017 CSOL® Designer Showhouse is nestled in the historic Ansonborough neighborhood, just steps away from the Charleston harbor. Featuring a magnificent Greek Revival facade, the house is adorned with beautiful decorative plaster ceilings, original moldings and fireplaces, gracious rooms and dramatic double piazzas. Built in 1840, the house provides a stunning platform for designers to offer endless inspiration. The full list of designers and rooms is as follows:
- First Floor Piazza: Kim Rayburn
- Music Room, Full Bath: Bobbi Jo Engelby
- Foyer/Stairway, Living Room: Tyler Hill and Michael Mitchell
- Kitchen: Melanie Valk and Jay Valk
- Dining Room: Holly Hollingsworth Phillips
- Laundry Room: Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole
- Master Bedroom: Lauren Messina
- Master Bath, Powder Room: Terri Baldwin
- Garden Verandah: Catherine Austin
- Second Floor Piazza: Lathem Gordon and Cate Dunning
- Second Floor Hallway: Carol Williams and Mary Frances Bishop
- Second Floor Front Room: Meg Caswell
- Second Floor Bath: Heidi Huddleston
- Second Floor Bedroom: Sandra Ericksen and Gretchen Loos
- Carriage House: Alexandre Fleuren
“Charleston has long been viewed as an architectural and design haven,” says Julianne Taylor, Designer Chair. “So it’s an incredible honor to be able to pull together our city’s talent and showcase it together in one beautiful, quintessential setting.”
“As our largest fundraiser of the year, the CSOL Designer Showhouse is an all-hands-on-deck event,” says Becky Hilstad, Charleston Symphony Orchestra League President. “For the 40th anniversary, we’ve kicked it into high-gear to produce the most successful house in our long history.”
The CSOL® Designer Showhouse ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 6:00 pm on March 15 during the evening’s Preview Party. The Designer Showhouse will be open daily from March 16 through April 15. Hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday.
Tickets are $25 at the door and online. Advance tickets are available for $20 online at www.csolinc.org untilMarch 15. Tickets include access to all rooms as well as an exclusive boutique and café. The café is openMonday through Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Tickets to the March 15 Preview Party are also available online for $95. For more information on the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc. Designer Showhouse, visit www.csolinc.org.
About Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc.:
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc. (CSOL®) is a multi-talented group of more than 300 dedicated volunteers whose purpose is to support the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO). The CSOL® is the largest single donor to the CSO, providing over $170,000 last year. The annual CSOL® Designer Showhouse is the league’s largest fundraiser. For over 50 years the CSOL® has actively supported music education and funding for the arts, donating over $33,000 last year alone to music scholarships and grants in the Lowcountry.
About the Henry Street House:
The Henry Street House, located at 36 Society Street, is an elegant Greek Revival home located in Ansonborough, one of Charleston’s most desirable neighborhoods. Originally built in 1804, the house was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1838. Following the fire, the house was rebuilt on the raised basement of the original building, doubling the size of the structure in 1845 by adding rooms and changing the layout from a single house to a double house. Thanks to the efforts of the current owners, the house is now beautifully restored with the same attention to detail that makes Charleston famous for its conservation efforts.