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See What Patricia Altschul's Mansion Looked Like When It Was a Public Library

The Southern Charm matriarch shared a fascinating old photo of her Charleston estate. 

By Jenny Berg
See More of Patricia's Gorgeous Home

Patricia Altschul's Charleston home has been the site of many a Southern Charm dinner party and pool party. But once upon a time, long before Michael started whipping up martinis in the Isaac Jenkins Mikell house, it was a quieter place. 

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In a recent Instagram share, Patricia shared a vintage photo of her 1853 home. "This is what my house looked like when it was the Charleston Public Library for 30 years," the HSN designer wrote to caption the black-and-white snap. (According to Wikipedia, the house served as the city's library from a period in the 1930s to the early 1960s — Patricia also referenced her home's literary past on a recent episode of Southern Charm.) 

Patricia's caption continued: "In 1960 it was bought by a couple from Philadelphia who made it into two residences. I bought it in 2008 made it into a single home and restored it for more than the sale price. It won the Carolopolis Award for preservation and is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places." 

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