Of Restoration And Renovation: The Gaillard-Bennett Home, ca.1800, Charleston, SC, Estate of the Day
One of the most historic homes in Charleston, South Carolina is the Gaillard-Bennett House on 60 Montagu Street. It was built in 1800 by Theodore Gaillard, a successful trades person. It is in the heart of downtown Charleston's historic district, and is the end product of a massive four year, multi-million dollar restoration. It is for sale for $13M, the second high estate real estate listing ever recorded for Charleston Peninsula.
It is a 10,000 square foot home, with five bedrooms, 5 baths and 2 half- baths. It also has a 3000 square foot kitchen house, a 2000 square foot carriage house, as well as a pool house, pool, tack house, and and multiple garages. Set on one and one quarter acres, surrounded by a stuccoed privacy wall, it is one of Charleston's most elaborately embellished Federal mansions. The main house is a two and one half stories, with a front porch and two side decorative porches, each with a pagoda roof. The pool and gazebo overlook the home's garden: one of the largest in the city. The main house has approximately 10,000 square feet. The Historic Charleston Foundation holds the Preservation Easement.
Gallery: 60 Montagu
The team worked from historic photographs and old sketches to restore the main dwelling, buildings and grounds. Mr. Hueske commented, " One of the most remarkable characteristics of 60 Montagu Street is the Adamesque decorative plasterwork. The number of individual pieces alone is impressive: about 7000 elements in each room, including ceiling medallions, and decorative images over mantels." The intricacy of his work ( see below) alone accounts for two of the four years it took him to complete these elements in the home.
This home is listed and was gratefully referred to Luxist by Lane & Smythe Realtors, Charleston.