2019 Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc.

Symphony Designer Showhouse

Thank you for making our 2019 Symphony Designer Showhouse such as success. We could not have done it without you.

Please enjoy the photos below showing the beautiful before & after transformation, Preview Party memories, and the three rooms you—our guests—voted most loved in the exit surveys. Be sure to note our wonderful and talented designers and our donors, without whom we could not have provided such a beautiful event.

See you again next spring!

Photo credits: Tim Barkley, Pat McKee, David Savard



This year’s Designer Showhouse was an elegant 1903 high-style Queen Anne Victorian on Charleston’s beautiful Rutledge Avenue, South of Broad near Colonial Lake. The home was built by Charleston mayor Wilson G. Harvey, later Lieutenant Governor and Governor of South Carolina, who lived next door. The Harveys are one of only three families to own the house, which retains its dramatic period exterior ornamentation and elegant interior features.

The three-story frame Queen Anne is built in the traditional Charleston side hall design, with the main entrance facing the street. Double entry doors and a two-story projecting bay give the house a grand entrance. The long stair hall leads to the living and dining rooms, and an elegant staircase leads to the upper floors. Numerous Queen Anne features include intricate shingle cladding, decorative hoods, cast iron trim and carved wood detailing. The beautiful double piazzas span both the first and second floors of the south side of the house, giving it the look of a traditional Charleston single house. The intricate spindle work of the balustrade adds high Victorian drama to this lovely home.

The first floor consists of a living room, dining room, kitchen, great room, and laundry room. The kitchen and great room include a wonderful entertaining area complete with wet bar and cozy fireplace, perfect for family and guests. There are two bedrooms, a study, and two baths on the second floor above the principal first floor rooms. A fourth bedroom and bath are accessed by the back stairway at the rear of the first floor. The third floor has two additional bedrooms, a bathroom and a loft.

The charming piazzas are accessed via elegant double French doors from the living and dining rooms and the second floor bedrooms and study. The house includes five bathrooms and gracious 10-foot ceilings. Original fireplaces enhance the beauty of the first two floors, and beautiful heart pine floors bring warmth throughout the house. 16 Rutledge is a perfect canvas for our talented team of Charleston-area designers.

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.

Now in its 42nd year, the Symphony Designer Showhouse is a not-to-be-missed event!


The house is generously provided by Wendy and Allen Gibson and represented by
Margaret von Werssowetz of Handsome Properties.

Charleston Home + Design Magazine is the media partner of the
2019 CSOL Symphony Designer Showhouse.

All proceeds benefit the Charleston Symphony and CSOL Music Scholarships.