19 East Battery in the Historical Charleston District
One of a kind opportunity to own a piece of treasured southern history with the Visanska House, the newest of the high battery mansions overlooking the Charleston Harbor and all its majesty. Recognized by the Library of Congress in the Historic American Buildings Survey and one of only 10 estate properties on the Charleston peninsula, this historical find awaits the most refined buyer who values the treasured charm of the South.
Built in 1920 on the historic site of Fort Mechanic; a military fortification originally built in the mid 1750’s during the Seven Years War and remained vital in the defense of Charleston until 1812, when the State of SC relinquished it back to the private owner. Albert Simons, the renowned architect and Charleston preservationist, was contracted by Julius M. Visanska to build the spectacular mansion. Visanska was a prominent haberdasher, and his wife Sarah, an accomplished Charlestonian, well known for her leading roles throughout the community particularly women’s suffrage. Upon completion, she was proclaimed to be one of the most expensive homes built in Charleston in that era.
The vistas from the front stoop are awe inspiring with panoramic views of the Charleston Harbor, the Cooper River, and Ashley River, including Fort Sumter and Castle Pinckney. In 1942, the Navy used the home as an operations office for the duration of World War II and stories have it that the lookout room on the second floor facing the water was where they looked out for incoming war planes. This room has now been named as the orchid room.
The Visanska home blends Renaissance and Greek-Revival style while still maintaining much of the Charleston single house features including piazzas facing the south to capture the cool breeze coming off the harbor and a restored carriage house. Despite many updates, the original parquet floors and yellow brick exterior showplace her iconic place in Charleston history.
This home is a regular stop for the carriage tours due to its history and southern charm. Considered a “double house”, it sits on 0.4 acres with landscaped southern gardens, the restored carriage house and pool. Neighboring homes tout long historical lineages including the Drayton House and the Edmonston-Alston House both recognized by the Library of Congress and the Charleston Museum. The main house boasts 6,872 sq. ft. and the carriage house 458 sq. ft. With the large rooms, open areas and double piazzas this house is perfect for entertaining.
This home is being offered by Bobby Shealy one of Charleston’s top producing real estate agents. Bobby is an 11th generation Charlestonian with family dating back to the 1600’s. He is an active member of Charleston Top Producers Club for over 14 years, named Realtor of Distinction numerous years by the Charleston Trident Realtors Association, has been named Best Realtor in Charleston by the Charleston City Paper readership and many other exciting recognitions like appearing on HGTV House Hunters representing Charleston, South Carolina. Bobby Shealy’s extensive knowledge of the Charleston area and this being his beloved hometown gives him a strong advantage over many other agents in the Charleston real estate market and specifically the high-end luxury properties throughout the Tri-County area.
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