Nathaniel Russell House
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Location Charleston, South Carolina   map
Date 1809   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System wood
Climate humid subtropical
Context urban
Style Federal style exterior
Notes elliptical spiral stair.




Plan Drawing

Sketch, interior, foyer with spiral stair, by Charles Moore  at ArchitectureWeek

Discussion Nathaniel Russell House Commentary

"The stair in the Russell House is one of the most graceful to be seen as it whirls free of wall, to the third floor. The smooth white plaster planes accent its slender mahogany rail, while the stair treads and risers set up a staccato angularity. It is extraordinary technically and esthetically."

"Although the plan of the Russell House shows influences of Britain's Robert Adam (1728-92), such as the ovoid drawing room opposite the stair, the exterior is basically in the then-burgeoning Federal Style. But its greatest distinction is its stair coiling almost through the roof."

— G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. p120.

Sources on Nathaniel Russell House

"Southernness in Architecture", by Charles Moore, ArchitectureWeek No. 207, 2004.0901, pC1.2.

Albert Simons and Samual Lapham, ed. The Early Architecture of Charleston. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1970. exterior photo from yard, p121. interior photo of stair, p122.

Samuel and Narcissa Chamberlain. Southern Interiors of Charleston, South Carolina. New York: Hastings House, Publishers, 1956. interior photo of oval drawing room, p29.

G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3556-2. LC 90-30728. NA200.S57 1990. discussion, p120. interior photo of staircase, p121.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Nathaniel Russell House


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