Stately and spectacular, the Williams Mansion (formerly known as the Calhoun Mansion) is the largest privately owned home in Charleston. Erected in the midst of the city’s most historic and architecturally interesting area, this structure is an Italianate urban villa of 24,000 square feet, with 35 rooms and fireplaces.
An opulent, high-Victorian dwelling, this lovely mansion brings together elements of the Greek, Gothic and Renaissance revivals, Italianate style and the English Aesthetic movement. Described in Art and Antiques Magazine as a “A Gentleman’s House,” it was named for its second resident, William’s son-in-law, Patrick Calhoun, grandson of John C. Calhoun, Vice-President under both Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams.
Visitors are awed by the 50 foot grand hallway, massive dining room decorated by Louis Comfort Tiffany and the drawing room featuring a massive 18th century altar. Guests are awed at the opulence of the second floor ballroom where a glass skylight soars 35 feet flanked by Tiffany stenciled ceilings.
Filled with exquisite antiques, ornate chandeliers, mirrors and stunning works of art, the house has been highlighted in Architectural Digest, American Castles, Forbes, HGTV, Wall Street Journal and most recently, Art and Antiques Magazine. It was also featured in the 1980s mini-series, North and South, and in the 1990s, Scarlett, and, most recently, in the popular film, The Notebook.
Today, the Williams Mansion is owned and lived in by an architectural preservationist who opens the house from 11am-5 pm, with tours on the hour and half hour, lasting about 30 minutes for $17 per person, cash or credit card. Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour in the Museum shop which is located at the lower level under piazza, or online.
The New Grand Tour is an hour and half long. It covers the entire Mansion, including the Italianate tower. It is offered with reservations made either online or by phone. Admission is $75.00 per person.
Guests are also invited to enjoy the gardens before and after the tour. For more information or for group sales, please call 843.722.8205.
Dec, Jan, Feb 11–4:30 PM Daily
Mar–Nov 30th. 11–5:00 PM Daily
Thanksgiving Day CLOSED
Christmas Day CLOSED