The breathe-taking "Red Door Estate" was built in 1891 by A. J. Baird for Mr. Samuel Lord, a Charleston attorney. In 1938, world-renowned businesswoman Elizabeth Arden bought the southern Victorian-style estate as a summer home and sold the house after many years in 1954 while creating the "Elizabeth Arden" cosmetic empire. The timeless home has 15 rooms as well as a detached pool house with kitchen and two separate cottages. Charleston-style wrap around porches command one side of the Victorian while a gazebo and picturesque landscaping with fountain round out the luscious property, surrounded by an iron fence. The century-old estate is truly charming and features many modern updates, chef's kitchen, hand-carved moldings and ceilings, upholstered walls, elegant chandeliers in almost every room, a large office and study, grand slated windows in every room and 12 foot ceilings. The current owners purchased the home from Mrs. Lillian Bostwick Phipps' estate. Phipps was married to the late Ogden Phipps and their daughter was the late fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer. The home is a well-known historic residence in Summerville, South Carolina, filled with stories and legends of previous owners. Arden reportedly painted the front door a different color for each season, but it now remains red, the inspiration for the entrances to Elizabeth Arden Salons. There is also ivory disc on the bannister, which indicated that the house was owned without debt.
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