Originally from Scotland, Colonel John Stuart was a wealthy resident of colonial Charleston, South Carolina. He served as the king’s superintendent of Indian affairs in the South. His house, built in 1772, still stands on Tradd Street. In 1927, Mia purchased two of the rooms, which are now presented as drawing and dining rooms.
In his photograph, artist Anthony Marchetti reunites these rooms with the present-day façade. The Charleston Drawing Room’s red velvet drapes replace whitewashed shutters, while its interior is just visible through the entryway. – Alex Bortolot