Back in early April, I created the 12 Gates of Charleston. Ever since that blog, I keep noticing more and more gates that I think are 'blog-worthy.' That is one of the interesting consequences of my blog adventure.
I am more aware now.
Or maybe it's that I am always searching for new content? I have always appreciated the Charleston built environment, but now I feel a responsibility to share it with the world. Another added benefit: I am slowly building a catalogue of Charleston urban design. I will eventually design another gate....another wall.....another church. Now I have my own library of precedents.
And so do you!
The first 12 gates were from the South of Broad Neighborhood. For today's 'Gate Adventure,' I am taking you on a stroll through the Historic Ansonborough Neighborhood. I would put Ansonborough right up there with South of Broad. The houses are more modest, but the environment is just as unique and beautiful.
See for yourself!
Aging with dignity.
I have always liked this house. At first glance it looks a little worn...perhaps a fresh coat of paint is in line? At second glance.......it feels perfect. And the gate is also appropriately weathered.
These 3 gates all appear to be cut from the same cloth. Each are primarily constructed of wood. Each are painted green. And most important, each features an ornate grill or window. There is probably a proper name for that grill. Preservation folks......a little help?
This gate had a gate-keeper. He didn't seem to like being on the blog. Or maybe it was because I had my black dog.
Did I mention that I love Fig Vine?
Fig Vine or 'Creeping Fig' is a staple of Charleston. It grows at a rapid rate and it loves a brick wall. Cha Cha Cha Chia!
See what I mean?
I like this because it seems natural...but it is very deliberate and designed. And so simple.
Every entrance should be celebrated.
Simple is Beautiful.
Charleston fun fact. That black paint on that gate is referred to as Charleston Green. Under the right light, you can see a very subtle hue of green.
Dilapidation can be Beautiful.
I saved the best for last. I also started calling this the Frankenstein Gate. It is actually a garage door....but hey...I can bend the rules.
Recently someone asked me to do a painting for them. I am seriously considering making this Frankenstein Gate the subject of the painting. My only worry is that I can't do it justice...how could it get any better?
Which neighborhood should I go to next?
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