The story of a restored 18th century home in Charleston

Image by Flickr user funkeemunkeeland Image by 20090527-seal.jpg Dewberry's home now carries a preservation award for his efforts.

John Dewberry's Meeting Street home dates back to the 1770s, only it looks a lot more like its historic roots today than it did in 2002.

Dewberry spent three year -- and no small amount of money and talent -- transporting the building back in time, but adapting the structure to modern-day needs.

The New York Times has the story, here's a taste:

Brick makers, furniture makers, wrought-iron craftsmen, masons, coppersmiths, stoneworkers, even interns from three colleges — 32 people in all — helped Mr. Dewberry turn back time. They removed every element that wasn’t era-appropriate. What they couldn’t restore, they recreated in minute detail. Four months of research preceded the start of the project.

Go read the whole piece, and be sure to take a look at the photo gallery.

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The home is at the lower end of Meeting Street.

Oh, and if you're stitching the dots together you'll note that Dewberry is the man behind the $15 million purchase of the downtown Charleston federal building.