Charleston's historic John Rutledge House is identifiable by its unique checkerboard sidewalk and gorgeous ironwork
The house is named for South Carolina Governor John Rutledge, a signatory of the US Constitution, and second Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court. The house was built at 116 Broad Street in Charleston in 1763, originally with two-stories. The third story was added in 1853 by Thomas Gadsden.
The elaborate, decorative ironwork shown in the photograph extends to a second floor balcony and across the windows of the house, and is believed to have been created by Prussian immigrant Christopher Werner in the 1800s. Werner was known for high-quality work and was of the most influential blacksmiths in Charleston. There's a brilliant, detailed scholarly account of Werner and the history of Charleston ironwork here.
The house became a law office in the 20th century, and is now a beautifully restored inn.
This photograph is a study in leading lines, with the black and white tiles leading the eye to the curved, upward motion of the steps and railings.
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The Early Ironwork of Charleston, by Alston Deas (1941) is one of the earliest and most influential illustrated books on the history of Charleston ironwork.