Sunday, August 5, 2007

Iron gates of Charleston

Sword gate, Charleston, SC

I have always had a fascination with beautiful iron gates. Charleston, South Carolina has some of my favorite gates...they are truly works of art, wrought iron sculptures that guard the beautiful gardens and homes of Charleston. Take a stroll around Charleston, and you will see many tourists looking longingly through the gates, catching a small glimpse of what lies beyond.

I am particularly partial to the gates in Charleston because so many of them use a scroll motif, which is one of my favorite designs. Also found in many of the gates are fleur-de-lis, leaf and flower patterns, and circles are often incorporated into the design.

Beautiful ironwork appears all over Charleston...in balconies, gates, stair railings, vents, boot scrapes, and decorative panels and finials. The ironwork, and its fine craftmanship, are among the greatest of Charleston's architectural treasures.

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  1. The ironwork is heavenly. As a child, I dreamed that one day I would live in one of those giant stone houses with an elaborate iron gate at the end of a long driveway. Not there yet, but everytime I see them, there is something fantastical about them, something otherworldy, priveleged, proud. I like the scroll motif best also.

  2. Great post, they are all so stunning. I can understand why tourist peek in to find out what the house looks like, that's exactly what I want to do!

  3. Lovely photos of the ironwork and gates! They definitely induce a shroud of mystery and grandeur, don't they?

  4. Snap-I've always loved beautiful iron gates too! Your photos are stunning!!

  5. Thanks for the comments! I was planning on writing about something else (which I will save for another day), and the post morphed into a post on Charleston gates. Charleston is a wonderful place to visit, especially for those with an interest in history, art, architecture, and design.

  6. Very inspiring! I am loving your blog, and appreciate you link to mine! I am linking you up right now! :)

  7. Oh what beautiful gates!!! I love all these images, and hope to have my own gate someday :) Thanks for stopping by my blog, by the way...I can tell your blog will be one I'll be frequenting quite a bit.


  8. It looks like Charleston is so much more beautiful than the other southern bell, Charlotte. That scroll work is so Evita, very regal. I should design scroll work-chain link and fence it my St. Bernard.

  9. how wonderful to be able to see this every day! i love ironwork... there was a great piece in martha stewart's living once on ironwork, and i clipped it to save for inspiration. great post!!

  10. I realize this post is from more than a year ago, but I just found it in a search and wanted to comment. I have been to Charleston a couple of times and I love the ironwork too. There is an artist who does architectural drawings of the famous Charleston gates and you can buy them at the big market downtown. I can't find her last name but her first is Nikki. The drawings are stunning, simple and so lovely - I have four in a row framed and hanging in my dining room! Just wanted to let you know since if you love the gates you might like her artwork. Oh, and the last photo you posted looks like the gate at St. Philip's churchyard, which is one of the ones I have! Thanks!

  11. These Gates are just wonderful. DO you know if there is a place where you can get something like these gates as a fireplace screen?
    Kate Campion


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