Workstead House | Charleston is the physical exploration of southern modernism—a design philosophy informed by the distinctive heritage of the American South.  Originally built in 1853 on Charleston’s historic “Bee’s Row,” the grand, three-story home and accompanying carriage house have been meticulously restored under the careful direction of Workstead, with every element curated in deference to, and reverence of, past and future, evoking a style—and lifestyle—both new and deeply remembered in South Carolina’s low country.





Originally built in 1853 by Sara Smith, Workstead House | Charleston is one of four rowhouses making up historic Bee's Row.  Distinguished by their terracotta cast pediments, fences and elaborate interior moldings, the brownstones resemble homes built in Savannah, New York, and Boston in the mid-19th century.  Taken over during the Civil War by William C. Bee, the properties served as warehouses for goods smuggled through the Union blockade during the Civil War.  Shoppers went to the Bee Store, or the Bee Block as the row was called, to buy merchandise brought into port by Bee and other confederate blockade runners.  Other notable owners including David Lopez Jr., South Carolina's general superintendent during the Civil War and the first practicing Jew to build a synagogue in the United States, and George A. Trenholm, the man said to be the inspiration for Rhett Butler in Margaret Mitchell's iconic work, Gone with the Wind.

The estate now enters its third, definitive chapter as Workstead House | Charleston.



Workstead House | Charleston draws on the property’s unique, storied past, reincarnating heritage elements as modern luxury in a welcoming home.  Materials are rich, honest, and meant to last.  Original details such as stairs, floors, molding, windows and doors of the home were preserved and meticulously restored, with updated conveniences carefully incorporated.  The result is an all-sensory experience of southern modernism.




The Drawing Room is a grand space for entertaining: the public face of the home.  Featuring original wood flooring and period trim, doors, and windows, the space is bathed in a rich, neutral hue.  Custom lighting designed by Workstead illuminates the ceilings and walls.  The focal points of the room are two original wood-burning fireplaces, and a monumental wood and glass vitrine, inspired by 19th century examples found throughout downtown Charleston.



The Kitchen has two parts—public and private.  As viewed from the drawing room, the heart of the home contains a round island with a marble top, curved cane doors, and exposed original brick wall.  The 71-inch La Canche range is set within a marble-clad niche, with a concealed hood above.  Two passageways lead to a generous Butler’s Pantry.



A pair of original wood and glass french doors lead to the south-facing Master Bathing Room, drenched in Charleston Green.  A free-standing tub is centered in the room, with his and her monolithic vanities facing the view beyond and unlacquered brass fixtures adding an element of time-tested decoration.




The Main House features 5,655 square feet of livable space, including five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, distributed over three floors.

Enter on the first floor to find the grand drawing room.  Workstead’s modern interpretation of a 19th century vitrine invites you from the drawing room into the kitchen, which in turn opens onto a generous veranda.  Powder your nose in The Necessary under the grand staircase and drop your coat in the wardrobe before stepping out into the back garden and Carriage House.

Ascend the grand staircase to the second floor Master Chambers housing the bedroom, the bathing room, the dressing room, the shower room and closet on the south side of the house.  On the north side, you’ll find the Withdrawing Room—a private hide away—as well as an office and restroom.

Ascend the staircase again to the third floor, featuring three large bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a south-facing laundry room.  Anterooms connect space beneath a great skylight, pouring light into the belly of the home.  Operable transom windows above original wood doors allow even more light to filter into the guest quarters.






The Carriage House contains 2,000 square feet of livable space distributed over two floors, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.  The first floor living room features two gas fireplaces, originally used for cooking & laundering.  A brand new kitchen serves as literal and figurative hearth of the home, with cabinetry tucked under the stair and a grand island providing the counter around which life revolves.  A cozy window seat situated within cypress and caned cabinets compliments the dining room along the south-facing facade.  

The second floor features an anteroom for use as an office or library with an adjoining bathroom.  A south-facing bedroom with windows on three sides includes a cypress clad closet, while the large master suite is complete with two closets, laundry, and a master bathroom.  A balcony overlooks the garden below amidst palm tree fronds.