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“Impressive place, but questionable taste of the collection”

The Calhoun Mansion
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Owner description: One of Charleston's architectural treasures, this historic mansion owned by George Walton Williams transports visitors back in time.
Reviewed January 14, 2014

The mansion and the garden were beautiful and impressive. The mansion has a rich and fascinating history as the guide would tell you. However, the current owner who has packed the mansion with antiques he collected has really questionable taste and has turned this respectable place into some kind of joke. On a "religious table" in the living room, a bunch of statues were carelessly thrown together, which include that of Budda, Bodhisattva, other Hindu and Christian deities, and numerous religious symbols you can or cannot imagine. Some Chinese antiques of questionable vintage were displayed in the hallway. Heads of animals were hang together with 19th century American(European?) paintings on the walls of the stairway. Stools made from elephant feet (no kidding) were placed across the hallway on the second floor from a red sofa allegedly owned by a brother of Napoleon. The decor and antiques that filled the mansion were so loud that they made your head spin. There were clearly enough objects of interest to fill at least ten mansions of the same size.

While I admire the energy of the owner who has collected all the antiques and carried them over to the mansion, I feel the work simply does not sit well with the history and style of the mansion. They did not have anything to do with Charleston or the mansion and look like a brash display of wealth.

Thank Heng G
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

We visited Monday before Christmas-I was driving by around 4:30 and was suckered in by the beautiful glow of the chandeliers! Yes the garden and the overall story of the mansion was interesting, but I felt really rushed. You are not allowed in the rooms, so viewing was from such a distant I could not see items of interest. We were only allowed in 2 hallways and had to stand in doorways! I truly feel I wasted $45!! Also, the mansion says nothing of that time in Charleston we all are searching for when visiting the city!!

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

This mansion is BEAUTIFUL! Our family, being Calhoun's ourselves, really loved the tour of the mansion. Our guide was very knowledgeable and even the resident cat, Otis, made us feel very welcome. The one word to describe the inside of the mansion is opulence!! Our family was very impressed with the artwork, china, chandeliers, woodwork, tapestries, and I could go on and on. Equally impressive are the Japanese gardens and topiary out side the mansion. Numerous fountains are surrounded by stone bird houses, statues and Palmetto palms. It is wonderful!

Thank Barbara C
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

While obviously a beautiful home architecturally, this house is filled with clutter - making you feel you are touring an antique store. For $15, you see very little of the house. The eclectic array of "collectibles" distract from what would be fabulous details. Skip this tour and see one of the other, more period appropriate houses if you are expecting to see a bit of Charleston history.

1  Thank ako8md
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

The gardens are amazing and the front porch and vestibule are beautiful! Frankie did a great job explaining the history of the house all the way through the current ownership. It was a great blend of history, historical uses, current furnishings, and he even talked to the groups's questions about the parts of the house not on the tour. Definitely worth seeing, and be prepared to be overwhelmed at the sheer amount of collectibles!

Thank 651MichelleJA
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