2020 Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc.
Symphony Designer Showhouse
Information and Tickets: (404) 242-6092
Brunch Information: (952) 270-8324
House and SCORE Pop-Up Shop:
Monday – Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday: 1 to 4 pm
(Closed Easter Sunday)
Tickets to the Designer Showhouse are available through March 18 at a special discounted rate of $25 per ticket. Tickets are available at the door beginning March 19 for $30. You do not need a ticket to visit SCORE or the Café.
Become a Friend of the 2020 Designer Showhouse. As a Friend, you will receive 2-tickets to the exclusive Preview Party on March 18, which include unlimited access to the house. You will additionally receive 2- Showhouse tickets to share with your friends.
or mail a check for $115 per person payable to CSOL to M.E. Canaday, 1025 Mathis Ferry Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 no later than March 17, to ensure availability. Please include the names of your guests in the notes field of your order or with your check, if you are purchasing additional tickets.
Café Musique, the Symphony Designer Showhouse Garden Café,
will be open for its 37th year with expanded hours and flavor-inspired surprises.
Lunch: Monday – Friday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Wine Bar with Hearty Snacks: Thursday – Saturday 11:30 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday Epicurean Brunch Featuring Chef Vince Dodson:
11:00 am – 1:30 pm – Online Reservations Suggested
Monday – Thursday Lunch is provided by MOSAIC Catering & Events,
featuring a selection of soups, salads and daily special entrees back by popular demand. And don’t forget dessert!
Friday Lunch is provided by Charleston’s popular Dashi Food Truck.
Dashi’s menu celebrates a thoughtful fusion of Asian + Latin flavors.
Saturday Epicurean Brunches feature Chef Vince Dodson, Historical Personal Chef and Plate Artist.
His creations combine fresh ingredients with classic European cuisine. The result is dazzling. “I thought I was eating in Paris….” A recent client.
Epicurean Brunch reservations are suggested as seating is limited to 20 people each at 11:00 am, 11: 30 am, 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm.
Online Brunch reservations are bundled with a Showhouse ticket – $50.00 includes Brunch and Showhouse tour. Saturday Brunch walk-ins are available without the purchase of a tour ticket based on availability, $30.00 per person. Purchase online to ensure availability and to save on the Brunch and Showhouse tour!
CLICK HERE TO MAKE A BRUNCH RESERVATION
which includes a ticket for the Showhouse
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CHEF VINCE DODSON
Café Musique Wine Bar – New in 2020
Thursday-Saturday, the new Café Musique Wine Bar will feature a selection of
Bubbles and Domestic & International Wines. Hearty Snacks are available for purchase.
About 184 Ashley Avenue:
This year’s Symphony Designer Showhouse is the historic Fitch-Rivers House, constructed circa 1883 as a classical Charleston Single house in historic Radcliffeborough. The property was previously owned by the Lucas family, rice planters who built the West Point Rice Mill on the Ashley River.
The house combines the classic Charleston Single structure with a Queen Anne Victorian style, typical of the period. Queen Anne design elements include the prominent, two-story bay window on the Ashley Avenue façade, with three-wood sash windows in a two-over-two grille pattern on each story, and flush paneling laid in a diamond pattern on the spandrel beneath each row of windows. The beautiful south facing piazzas also have Queen Anne features, most notable the bowed or curved profile on each story, accessed by French doors.
The interior of the house features a modified single house plan, as there is a side hall with an entry foyer rather than the typical central hall. The main stair has the original pine treads, and there is historic flooring throughout the house. Most rooms have historic mantels of various styles; some are Adam-style or delicate neoclassical, while others are more Victorian and eclectic. Most of the rooms, as well as the upstairs garret, feature modern bathrooms, reflecting the house’s use as an inn. The rear section has a simple staircase with square balustrades, providing additional access to the upstairs areas.
The first owner was Augustus Fitch, a clerk and later bookkeeper for WP Holmes and Company. He sold the house to John Rivers, who was responsible for the beautiful Victorian style updates to the house. Rivers was a prominent cotton merchant and President of the Charleston Cotton Exchange.
During the latter 20th century the house was frequently used as a bed and breakfast, known at various times as the Old Towne Inn and Cannonboro Inn. When the 2020 Symphony Designer Showhouse closes, the house will be reopened as the Bee & Blossom Bed & Breakfast.
Be sure to shop in SCORE, our exclusive pop-up shop, lunch in our Café or choose a treasure from our designers’ exquisitely decorated rooms, where most of the items on display are for sale.
Now in its 43rd year, the Symphony Designer Showhouse is a not-to-be-missed event!
The house is generously provided by Ana Rincon.
Charleston Home + Design Magazine is the media partner of the 2020 CSOL Symphony Designer Showhouse.
All proceeds benefit the Charleston Symphony and CSOL Music Scholarships.