Architecture

The Rose Hill Plantation House is a significant example of Gothic Revival residential architecture.

Exterior

The Rose Hill Plantation House is a significant example of Gothic Revival residential architecture. This four-story, cruciform Gothic Revival building stands majestic and tall with a steeply pitched copper gable roof. The house has a brick foundation and vertical board-and-batten cypress siding.

The facade (south elevation) has a projecting arm of the cruciform plan composed of a first-story porch and a second story “porch” room. The porch has Gothic clustered piers carrying an arcade of pointed arches with board-and-batten spandrels and a bracketed cornice. The main entrance beneath the porch is framed by clustered pier responds. Similar clustered piers separate the double doors and the sidelights. Cusped arches rise from the piers and responds in the interior of the porch and in the relief above the entrance.

The asymmetrical composition, picturesque roofline and the tall proportions of the house are common elements to the Gothic Revival style. Other common elements integral to the design include the lancet arches, clustered piers and traceried windows with quarrel panes.

Interior

The 10,000 square-foot interior floor plan of the four-story residence is cruciform in plan and is arranged around a dramatic elliptical domed stair-hall. The entrance is oval-shaped and has a newly restored open-stringer staircase rising at the north end of the hall and following the curve of the wall to the second floor gallery. The dome rises 54 feet above the hall. The millwork is of exceptional note.

The main floor consists of a gentleman’s game room with original jib windows and a 16th century hunt mantel, a dining room with its original Georgian mantel, a parlor with a 19th century Victorian mantel, a planter’s office (or 6th bedroom) with a 19th century Gothic Revival mantel, a conservatory, a butler’s pantry, and a kitchen and laundry wing with a service 1/2 bath. The back hallway behind the entryway consists of a full Gothic bathroom and a powder room.

There are 4 bedrooms, each with en suite bath, on the second floor as well as a library, with sitting room and full bath, (which converts to a 5th bedroom).

The first bedroom at the top of the stairs has its own mini bar. The bath for this room has a vintage tub; a separate walk-in shower; original mantel; and a lighted, antique stained-glass window that has been inserted into the wall above the mantel.