One of the most visually imposing of the houses in Charleston that were constructed before the Civil War, the Isaac Jenkins Mikell House more closely resembles an Italian villa than an American heirloom. A Minton-tiled portico supported by Corinthian column capitals carved from cypress and ornamented by rams heads distinguishes the exterior. Inside, Old World grace displays itself in period fireplaces, 13-foot ceilings, scenic Zuber wallpaper paneling, heart pine floors, elaborate moldings, a sweeping staircase, and French doors and balconies overlooking stunning poolside gardens. An elevator and state-of-the-art kitchen enhance the luxury, reflecting the loving evolution over time—an evolution that its creator Isaac Jenkins Mikell, the millionaire Sea Island cotton planter from Edisto Island, would certainly bless with his approval.