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Wentworth Mansion

History: 
    Wentworth Mansion
 in CharlestonHistory: 
    Wentworth Mansion
 in Charleston

History

Completed in 1886, the Wentworth Mansion was built as a private residence for Francis Silas Rodgers, a wealthy cotton merchant, in the Second Empire style. Named for the reign of Emperor Napoleon III of France, the Second Empire style was characterized by the mansard roof and dormers; cornices, medallions and carved marble fireplaces were hallmarks of a Second Empire interior. The Wentworth Mansion still shines with its original opulence; Tiffany stained glass windows, hand carved marble fireplaces, intricate woodwork and custom-crafted crystal chandeliers enhance its interiors. A bas-relief cornice above the dining room window depicts a cotton plant, emblematic of Mr. Rodgers' business. As it stands today, most of the original features of the building are preserved with few changes; an 18-month restoration was completed in 1998 that included the installation of central air conditioning.


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