House of the Day: A Fortress to Stare Down Disaster

As Hurricane Irene reminded us recently, she and her peers' gale-force winds and torrential rains occasionally reach far up the Eastern Seaboard. But regardless of whether they take some New Englanders by surprise, there's one thing that the tropical storms rarely seem to do: spare Southern states. This $23 million palatial home in Charleston, S.C., reflects this fact like a Tiffany gem -- with its near-surfeit of disaster and security protections.