Arguably the most iconic house in Charleston belongs to Patricia Altschul. The imposing mansion and its formal gardens are hidden behind stone walls and perfectly manicured hedges, but its magnificent interiors are broadcast around the country every week to viewers of Southern Charm, the Bravo reality show in which Altschul stars as the resident grand dame.
Her home’s sumptuous living room, stately dining room, and imposing staircase have set the stage for many cocktail parties and fancy dinners, and while the cast’s behavior is never perfect, the house always looks immaculate.
Altschul purchased the 19th century mansion in 2008 and it was decorated by Mario Buatta, one of the most renowned American interior designers. His whimsical and colorful style made him a favorite among socialites, celebrities, and everyone in between, and he designed four houses for Altschul over the past few decades, culminating with her Charleston residence.