Wentworth Mansion

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Discover Wentworth Mansion, built in 1886 as a private residence for wealthy cotton merchant, Francis Silas Rodgers.

A member of Historic Hotels of America since 2003, Wentworth Mansion was constructed at a time when the United States was defined by great economic prosperity, industrial expansion, and significant social reform. 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, dormers, cornices, medallions,and carved marble fireplaces. The Wentworth Mansion still shines with its original opulence, as its Tiffany stained-glass windows, handcarved marble fireplaces, intricate woodwork, and custom-crafted crystal chandeliers continue to 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. Truly few places are better for a luxurious stay in Charleston than the historic Wentworth Mansion.

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