George's House

George Holt completed his own house in 1996. The entry hall, Roman in spirit, has a swimming pool under a glass roof, surrounded by an arcade. The drawing room is modeled on a Byzantine church with four columns supporting a dome. Doors open up to bedrooms off the sides. George made extensive use of salvaged materials, including old Charleston porch columns and marble paneling from a local bank. Because the house is low and shaded, with thick walls, it naturally stays cool in the summer. In the winter, heat is provided by the huge fireplace.

Read the detailed story of this project, and the 2015 fire that devastated it, in the book Charleston Fancy.

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