Historic Victorian Renovation

Turn-of-the-nineteenth-century Victorian on the corner of Union Street and Colleton Avenue. Built by the Staub family who then owned the entire block, the house has the dubious distinction of having once been the jewel in the crown of a past South Carolina state senator and at other times a roof over the heads of vagrants. It was fortunate to have found cover in the care of previous owners, Bonnie and Bud Coward.

Winter Colony Revivalists Lelee Brandt and Tom Francoline have transformed their historic home on Union Street into a relaxing winter retreat. – photography by Steve Bracci
The porch’s inviting wicker furniture invites long sits with a good book or good friends.
A wrought iron gate opens through a whitewashed, ivy-covered brick wall onto a herringbone patterned brick walk and up to a dollhouse exterior with a half-wrapped porch and whitewashed steps.
Adding reclaimed antique materials, including doors, mantels, pine flooring and hardware, ultimately imbue the new and renovated areas of the house with period authenticity. A diamond pattern, hand-painted by local artist Jeannie Groat, adorns the pine floor of the wide main hall.
The spacious modern kitchen off the dining room is well-suited to entertaining friends and family.
Generous floor moldings and toothed crown moldings frame rooms. Pure white paneled wainscoting adds richness to the entry, while bead board wainscoting in the same luxurious high gloss anchors the three-and-a-half bathrooms and the mudroom. The master suite addition, even to the discerning eye, looks original to the house, while the room’s Hitchcock ceiling gives a nod to old Aiken.