Architecture

  

     The Rose Hill Plantation House is a significant example of Gothic Revival residential architecture. This four-story, cruciform Gothic Revival building stands majestic and tall with a steeply pitched copper gable roof. The house has a brick foundation and vertical board-and-batten cypress siding.

     The facade (south elevation) has a projecting arm of the cruciform plan composed of a first-story porch and a second story " porch" room. The porch has Gothic clustered piers carrying an arcade of pointed arches with board-and-batten spandrels and a bracketed cornice. The main entrance beneath the porch is framed by clustered pier responds. Similar clustered piers separate the double doors and the sidelights. Cusped arches rise from the piers and responds in the interior of the porch and in the relief above the entrance.

     The asymmetrical composition, picturesque roofline and the tall proportions of the house are common elements to the Gothic Revival style. Other common elements integral to the design include the lancet arches, clustered piers and traceried windows with quarrel panes.


Rose Hill Interior

        The 10,000 square-foot interior floor plan of the four-story residence is cruciform in plan and is arranged around a dramatic elliptical domed stair-hall. The entrance is oval-shaped and has a newly restored open-stringer staircase rising at the north end of the hall and following the curve of the wall to the second floor gallery. The dome rises 54 feet above the hall. The millwork is of exceptional note.

         The main floor consists of a gentleman's game room with original jib windows and a 16th century hunt mantel, a dining room with its original Georgian mantel, a parlor with a 19th century Victorian mantel, a planter's office (or 6th bedroom) with a 19th century Gothic Revival mantel, a conservatory, a butler's pantry, and a kitchen and laundry wing with a service 1/2 bath. The back hallway behind the entryway consists of a full Gothic bathroom and a powder room.

         There are 4 bedrooms, each with en suite bath, on the second floor as well as a library, with sitting room and full bath, (which converts to a 5th bedroom). 

       The first bedroom at the top of the stairs has it's own mini bar. The bath for this room has a vintage tub; a separate walk-in shower; original mantel; and a lighted, antique stained-glass window that has been inserted into the wall above the mantel.

          The second bedroom along the mezzanine is Gothic in flavor with an antique Gothic Revival mantel. This room also has its own mini bar. Unique to this bathroom is a massive antique Gothic confessional that has been converted into a toilet room.      

             The library above the front porch is the third door along the mezzanine. Book shelves from floor to ceiling line the walls. Between the bookshelves is a doorway to a small sized bathroom that has a "maid" or "child's" 48-inch clawfoot tub. The sitting room portion of the library has an antique arched-shaped entryway, with paneling and shelves, from a 19th century church.

            The next bedroom along the mezzanine has an antique Gothic Revival mantel and a walk-in closet, as well as its own mini bar,  This bedroom connects to the sitting room/office section off the master bedroom. The bathroom for this room includes a walk-in shower as well as a separate walk-in steam shower. Unique to this bath is an antique, Gothic Revival cast-iron Baptismal that has been converted into a sink. Above the sink is a spectacular arch-shaped Gothic Revival stained glass window.    


          The final bedroom along the mezzanine is the master suite. It has a sitting room/office area with a door that connects it to the previously mentioned bedroom. This sitting room has a stained glass window toward the ceiling that allows light into the previously mentioned bathroom from the outside windows. There is also a massive Gothic archway that separates this sitting room from the bedroom. The master bath consists of a large 2-person Jacuzzi tub, a separate toilet room with bidet, and an upstairs laundry.

          The back upstairs hallway connects to the master bedroom and includes a small kitchen that also has its own doorway off the mezzanine. The back hallway also consists of a dressing room with closet for the master bedroom, elevator landing, and an entrance into another stairwell that leads to a third floor. This third floor consists of a 1/2 bath and storage area as well as access doors into the attic space above the second floor and to the dome above the entryway. Another staircase from this level leads to the 4th floor loft that is directly above the entryway dome. This loft space is an art studio with a vintage service sink. There are two workshop rooms on either side of the main loft.
 

 

      Rose Hill Plantation House has been featured in numerous magazines through the years such the following: 

  
 

       Carolina Homes & Interiors

      Article by Rebecca Walters

      Photography by Rob Kaufman

       Fall  2005

 

 


    

       Hilton Head Monthly

      "There is a House in Bluffton"

        December 2012

     

 

 

 

    

       Coastal Isles

      Article by Diane McMahon

     Photography by Rob Kaufman

      February 25, 2013

 

 


 

        The Island Packet

        Article by Sherry Conohan

        Photograph by Peter Frank Edwards

         August 31, 2014

 

 


For other magazine articles and various press from present and past, please see our "Press" section.....


 

 

 

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