In this debut lecture, Susan Sully will share her passion and curiosity about Charleston’s unique architecture and design traditions as celebrated in her new book, The Allure of Charleston (Rizzoli: 2022). The inspiration for this volume began when she returned to Charleston after a time away and found herself wondering what makes this city look and feel so unique. In this lavishly illustrated lecture, she will share her discoveries about Charleston’s particular design language, its history, and how it is perpetuated today. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.
The Allure of Charleston celebrates this historic city’s eighteenth- and nineteenth-century styles and demonstrates how they continue to be employed and updated today. Exploring the question of what makes Charleston so distinct, Sully’s book begins with an illustrated lexicon of Charleston’s particular architectural language, followed by examples of Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival architecture that demonstrate how this language first came to expression. Featuring historic masterpieces including Drayton Hall, the Nathaniel Russell House, and Middleton Place, this volume also offers a look at present-day residences that reveal the enduring nature of this unique architectural idiom.
A renowned expert on Southern style, Susan Sully is the author and photographer of many books about architecture and design from Rizzoli and other publishers. She has also co-authored books with leading Southern architects and designers and contributed articles to The New York Times, Veranda, Town & Country Travel, and other publications. She has lectured at The Smithsonian’s Museum of Architecture, The Sotheby’s Institute, and other organizations.