Complete Charleston is the third edition of the only guide that takes you on eleven tours of the sights and secret byways of Charleston s famous historic district from the celebrated Battery to the planter mansions of secluded neighborhoods that many visitors miss The great pleasure of visiting Charleston is walking through the quiet historic neighborhoods of the 18th and 19th century and feeling connected to the past There are houses from the 1700 s on Tradd Street alone than in any other city in America But Charleston has changed in the last few years as the city moves north, with the growing importance of Marion Square Complete Charleston chronicles the old Charleston and guides you into the new Charleston has also become an important culinary center The book includes an expanded restaurant guide and side trips to Savannah, Beaufort, Georgetown and nearby plantations....
|Title||:||Complete Charleston: A Guide to the Architecture, History, and Gardens of Charleston|
|Publisher||:||TM Photography Inc 1st edition September 15, 1997|
|Number of Pages||:||224 pages|
|File Size||:||685 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Complete Charleston: A Guide to the Architecture, History, and Gardens of Charleston Reviews
When Americans consider preservation, they usually think of individual sites where an exceptional event took place, or an exceptional person lived. Rarely do we think about a cityscape - an ensemble of buildings, landscapes, and people - which is preserved just for the beauty of the setting. Charleston is one such place. So are New Orleans, Williamsburg, Annapolis and Savannah, for example. Though this book features individual sites, it is written to give the reader the feeling of place as a whole rather than the sum of parts.
This guide to architecture, history, gardens and now food, is quite simply the best there is. It is well organized and beautifully written. Truman Moore's superb photographs are not just of pretty facades. but of some of the city's most interesting and little known architectural details. The addition of restaurant reviews makes this edition absolutely essential. Margaret Moore is a sharp critic of good food,but equally sensitive to the ambience of a restaurant. I would go anywhere with them.
I am an architect, and when my husband and I decided to vacation in Charleston over the holidays I thought this would be the perfect guide book for us. We love buildings, and even own a historic building of our own. Unfortunately, the authors have a somewhat snooty attitude about the newer architecture in Charleston. Okay, fine. If your attitude is that old architecture = good and new architecture = bad, then you'll probably get what you're looking for here. I would only recommend this guide for those who are fascinated by old-south architecture, are staunch preservationists, and who only want to study the older buildings of Charleston.
I have mixed feelings regarding this book. It is well written; obviously well researched. I like Charleston-I lived there from 1957-1975; and I majored in History in college and I like restaurants. But, (and you knew that was coming) this book is for architect buffs and foodies who love that old Charleston feeling. So, if you are a first time visitor wanting hotel information, easy to read restaurant reviews, shopping and tour suggestions, look elsewhere. Besides, beauty is in the eye of the beholder-and I would disagree with some of their opinions.
I really thought this would be a prettier book. The black and white photos don't do this book any favors. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of black and white photography, but it's not what is needed for this guide.
In 1996, while working on a study entitled "Preserving the World's Great Cities: The Destruction and Renewal of the Historic Metropolis," Peg and Truman Moore asked my advice about architectural guidebooks. So I pulled out my favorites from around the world. One year later, "Complete Charleston" was in print: handsomely photographed, thoroughly researched, smartly written, easy to use. Essential.
I have gone through several copies and editions of this book- I give it to our visitors here in Charleston and know that they will have a wonderful resource for their stay in our beautiful city. The suggested walks are well planned, and the guide is easy to use. The photographs are excellent, too.