Man behind ‘The Matrix’ & ‘Die Hard’ restored this famous Beaufort County plantation
There is still time for those who want to see a sweeping Lowcountry property unique in the Southeast.
Tickets to tour the Beaufort County plantation designed by Frank Lloyd Wright this weekend are still available.
Tours will be offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., divided into morning and afternoon sessions. Tickets cost $175 per person and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com by searching “Auldbrass 2018.”
Tours are offered to the public only once a year.
Auldbrass Plantation, just outside Yemassee in the northern reaches of Beaufort County, has drawn visitors worldwide to see what Wright created in 1939. The property was bought by movie producer Joel Silver in 1987 and restored during the past three decades.
The 4,000-acre property on the Combahee River, which includes a main house, caretaker house, kennels and stables, is “one of the largest and most complex residential projects Wright ever undertook,” according to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Architectural Digest featured Auldbrass this week on its website, explaining that Wright worked on the home for nearly 20 years until his death in 1959.
“... Each board is both tilted from vertical and sloped in from upright at a nine-degree angle, said to be inspired by the average lean of the stately live oak trees that dominate the landscape,” Brett Birk writes in the magazine’s feature, which offers a rare look at two Lincoln Contenentals once owned by Wright.
Tours serve as a fundraiser for the Beaufort County Open Land Trust. Previously offered every two years, organizers now plan to open the plantation annually.
Tickets sold out in minutes in 2017 and crashed the nonprofit’s website. After being first offered for sale in August, plenty of tickets still remain for the November tours, event planner Ashley Rhodes said.