Arts and Culture 2011

Amy Holtcamp



The Rosemary Inn Designer Show House

Posted 11/22/2010 10:26:00 AM

If you are the kind of person whose television is permanently tuned into HGTV, if you rip pages out of House Beautiful or troll antique shops looking for the perfect credenza, you must visit the historic Rosemary Inn in North Augusta.

The Rosemary Inn is stunning. The 20-room inn gives new meaning to the real estate term “good bones.” When you step inside, you are immediately greeted with a magnificent grand staircase highlighted with original stained glass windows and the original light fixtures. The man who built the house, James Jackson, personally searched through shipments of pine to find just the right pieces for the magnificent wood paneling. The Rosemary’s Beaux Arts romance is alive in every architectural detail.

The house was recently transformed into a Designer Show House, a benefit for The Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta and Historic Augusta Inc. Local designers transformed rooms into their own styles. Melody Cheshire brought a stately elegance that evokes the inn’s history to The Governor’s Room, while Michael Siewert’s take on The Green Room was dramatic and whimsical, filled with birds, feathers and peacock green.

Siewert also brought another bit of fantasy to the design house: a display of his personal collection of Judy Garland memorabilia. Since I am a old movie buff, it was a huge thrill for me to stumble upon the exhibit Judy Garland, the Dressing of a Legend in one of the upstairs bedrooms at the Rosemary. Siewert possesses the largest collection of Garland memorabilia in the world, and the display included many of her costumes, including the red gown she wears in Meet Me in St. Louis as she sings, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

If you didn’t get to the Rosemary Inn to see the Design House, you can still visit for the weekend and stay in one of the lovely guest rooms. Click here for reservations or more information.