The Calhoun Mansion was built in 1876 by George W. Williams. It is a grand Italianate masterpiece of a house, boasting 35 rooms and 35 original fireplaces. It is open for tours daily on the half hour. Gardens and grounds are free to view without purchasing a ticket to tour the house, although you would be missing out on the best part!
This house is simply amazing. The docent was very knowledgeable and friendly, as she described dozens of art objects and collections in the house. It was described as the 'oh my god house' and the 'wow house.' There is no other way to describe it. I was so overwhelmed that I did not take a single photograph inside the house. I would have to estimate that there is over $15 million in objects alone within the house. Simply put, you have to see it for yourself to truly believe it. I am pretty sure that we'll need to tour the house again.
The house is very large and imposing-looking, with rich exterior ornamentation and detail. The grounds are luxurious and provide a striking setting for this massive structure. This has been by far the most impressive historic Charleston home that we have visited. The house is full of architectural marvels that will keep you in awe from one room to the next. From impressive woodwork and glass designs, to elegant ceiling mosaics and light fixtures, the architecture of the home can best be described as 'over the top.' Pay careful attention to the docent, who will point out a remarkable surprise in the second floor music room! Remarkably, this mansion is privately-owned and used as a primary residence. The rooms are filled with antiques purchased by the current owner. Among these are countless museum-quality pieces and collections. Your visit to the neighborhoods south of Broad Street would not be complete without a tour of the Calhoun Mansion.