A recent visit to Charleston, South Carolina provided deeper insight into architecture and interior space built during the 17th and 18th century in America. Founded in 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest preserved plantation house in America that’s still open to the public and a masterpiece of Georgian-Palladian architecture. It is operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The NTHP opted to preserve rather than restore the historic home which was obtained in 1974 from the family estate. The original interior spaces of Drayton’s palace were finished with the finest examples of European and Charleston-made material goods, furniture, a wealth of imported ceramics, and fashionable artwork. Today we are left with amazing architectural millwork and ceiling details. Notice the broken pediment above the fireplace with egg and dart molding. I am constantly in awe at these historic structures and the craftsmanship that went into their creation. I would definitely recommend a visit to learn firsthand about this classic structure. Read more about Drayton Hall.