The Nathaniel Russell House
Built c.1808 for one of the wealthiest shipping merchants, the Russell House is emblematic of Charleston's unrivalled prosperity in the age of the sailing ship. Its spiral staircase ascends three stories without touching at the walls, and the Adamesque ornamentation of the mantles and cornices is among the most detailed in the city. A long-term restoration is currently underway, focusing on a few isolated areas at a time, which upon completion will make in not only one of the finest Federal houses in America, but one of the most authentically restored as well. Guided tours are conducted by the well-trained staff of the Historic Charleston Foundation.
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