Mar 06 2018

Designer Showhouse Opens March 14

Staff Report for The Island Eye News  

The exterior at 142 Tradd St.

A gracious 3-story stucco home, circa 1870, on Charleston’s legendary Tradd St., South of Broad, is featured in the 41st annual Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc. (CSOL) Symphony Designer Showhouse. Opening March 14, the house will display 12 exquisitely decorated spaces designed by locally and nationally renowned interior designers. All proceeds benefit the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and fund CSOL Music Scholarships.

The 2018 Showhouse sits on one of Charleston’s most coveted residential streets, which stretches across the lower Charleston peninsula from the Ashley River to the Cooper River. Tradd St. was one of the original carriageways laid out in the 1680 Grand Modell of Charles Town. This year’s Symphony Designer Showhouse provides a stunning platform of talented designers.

Patti Tully, Showhouse co-chair and designer liaison notes:  “We’re thrilled to have such a special house and spectacular lineup of designers to continue the tradition of this most special and cherished event that draws thousands of visitors to Charleston every spring.”

The Showhouse ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on March 13 during the evening’s Preview Party. The Showhouse will be open daily from March 14 – April 15. House and boutique hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. The café is open Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The CSOL is a multi-talented group of more than 250 dedicated volunteers whose purpose is to support the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO), encourage talented young musicians and inspire classical music lovers for generations to come. The annual Symphony Designer Showhouse is the League’s largest fundraiser. For more than 50 years the CSOL has actively supported music education and funding for the arts, donating more than $33,000 last year alone to music scholarships and grants in the Lowcountry. 

Advance tickets are available for $20 online at and $25 at the door.  Tickets include access to all rooms.  The boutique and café do not require a ticket. Children 10 and older are admitted with a ticket when accompanied by an adult. Tickets to the March 13 Preview Party will be available online for $95. For more info on the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc. Symphony Designer Showhouse, visit  their website at

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