All through its historical past, the mansion at 20 South Battery has been identified for its gatherings. Simply final month, a historic marker was put in in entrance of it, naming it because the birthplace of the now 100-year-old Preservation Society.
Founder Susan Pringle Frost hosted the group’s first-ever assembly in the home in 1920. About 50 years earlier than that, Colonel Lathers of the Union Military made the mansion a spot the place U.S. senators and New Yorkers met with locals.
Now-owner Dr. Jack Schaeffer, a local Charlestonian and part-time Sullivan’s Island resident, hopes the property’s status as a number will proceed below his steerage. He is simply spent 18 months restoring the 1843 mansion after shopping for it in 2018. It was reopened as an 11-room boutique lodge on Sept. 10.
Whereas the coronavirus pandemic has put his plans for using the home’s massive ballroom on pause, Schaeffer stated a big a part of his “philosophy and imaginative and prescient for the home” is to fill it typically with particular gatherings and charity occasions.
“I really like bringing folks collectively,” he stated.
It might be like “Nice Gatsby Charleston-ized,” he stated, referencing the literary character’s status as a frequent host for high-quality events, although his deliberate features are rather more low-key than Gatsby’s: An annual literary competition, for examples, is planning to host a small variety of friends there later this 12 months.
Previously referred to as the Battery Carriage Home Inn whereas below the possession of the Drayton-Hastie household, the property now goes by its deal with, 20 South Battery. All visitor rooms have been redone and outfitted with new facilities, like Good TVs and redone retailers, and vintage beds dated pre-1870, Schaeffer stated.
It is proper throughout from White Level Backyard. Schaeffer stated he remembers taking walks there along with his uncle as a child and looking out on the home. The restoration has been a “labor of affection,” he stated.
The mansion itself has been painstakingly returned to “precisely how it will have been” at its peak, he stated. Friends will be capable to discover the primary flooring and roam the gardens, which have additionally been revived. It should take about three years, not less than, Schaeffer guessed, for the gardens to completely develop.
Due to COVID-19 security precautions, Schaeffer stated, they needed to make some adjustments. Their plans for a breakfast unfold each morning have been placed on maintain, and additional cleansing employees was employed. Objects within the rooms are sterilized and wrapped in plastic in between stays.
“I like a great, fundamental clear room anyway,” Schaeffer stated. “I am a health care provider.”
The property is Schaeffer’s first foray into any kind of lodge enterprise — he is an optometrist with a follow in Alabama — so he is handed over administration to Hay Creek Resorts, a New Hampshire-based hospitality agency that has just a few different Charleston boutique inns in its portfolio, together with Zero George and The Quarters on King.
They’re seeking to attraction to “upscale weekenders, leisure vacationers and group clientele,” in response to a reopening announcement. Items from Charleston’s David Skinner Antiques are featured within the lodge, and a few can be found for buy.
Costs have been elevated to mirror the property’s updates, Schaeffer stated. Room charges begin at $469 an evening.