Built in the 1880’s, 179 Rutledge Avenue is our latest historical renovation project. Margaret Donaldson Interiors is teaming up with Joe Schmidt of Evans and Schmidt Architects¬†to transform Ashley Hall’s newest real estate acquisition into a space for small, intimate classes, round table discussions and school events/entertaining. Charleston, SC interior design often times involves exquisite historical properties.It is a delight to work amongst the history, the architecture, the moldings! The challenge is to balance a respect of the past while bringing the spaces into the 21st century. Here are some shots from our initial work days along with last Thursday’s pre-construction party that kicked off the historical renovation project. The house originally took 11 years to built. We plan to have it ready for summer in anticipation of the 2014 school year. (*The feature image above is actually the staircase from the McBee House on the Ashley Hall main campus.)

Margaret Donaldson, Betsy Grimball and Mariana Hay, Ashley Hall Class of ’77, celebrate at the pre construction party for 179 Rutledge Avenue.

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Margaret Donaldson and Jill Muti, Ashley Hall Head of School at last Thursday’s event.

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One of the chandeliers and detailed ceilings found at 179 Rutledge Avenue.  Working with such incredible elements makes historical renovation different from any other type of interior design in Charleston, SC.

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This copper fireplace is an incredibly unique feature in the front parlor.

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A long lost detail that adorns many of the walls at 179 Rutledge Avenue. We are constantly impressed by the craftsmanship and detail that is found in Charleston, SC historical homes.

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Another unique fireplace….each room has different details.

Alexis is ready to get to work!

Margaret and Elisabeth are armed with plans, ready to begin work.

Margaret Donaldson Interiors- Floor Tile
This entryway tile floor immediately grabs your attention.

Can’t you just see the potential for this historical building to find its next life amongst the exuberance of Ashley Hall’s girls? We are thrilled to be a part of the historical renovation of 179 Rutledge Avenue. We will bring you updates throughout the project.