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60 Essential Structures in Savannah, Georgia

Chatham County Court House Savannah Georgia 2Lewis Kayton House Savannah Georgia 3A mere 60 structures barely scratches the surface of Savannah, Georgia’s remarkable architectural legacy. As one of the United States’ first planned cities, numerous aspects of Savannah’s architectural heritage distinguish it from all others. Among the most notable: the unique ballast stone Mercer Williams House Savannah Georgia 3Savannah Federal Court House Savannah Georgia 7construction techniques of the multi-leveled Factor’s Walk complex, the distinctive tabby and faux tabby construction styles of the Owens-Thomas House and East St. Julian Street, a substantial roster of pre-Civil War buildings, and far from the least important, General James Edward Citizens Bank aka Propes Hall Savannah Georgia 2Lutheran Church of the Ascension Savannah Georgia 4Oglethorpe’s timeless, dynamic and visionary city plan that gave Savannah what is perhaps its most intimate and unforgettable feature, 24 public squares. While we can only show you the tip of the iceberg here, we encourage you, our loyal readers, to thoroughly examine our album of over Old Savannah Cotton Exchange Savannah Georgia 3Hamilton Turner Inn Savannah Georgia 3130 photos and let it lead you to the wise if not predictable decision of adding a Savannah vacation to your bucket list, assuming you haven’t already. When you finally make the trip, we advise you to enlist the expertise of one Mr. Jonathan Stalcup of Architectural Tours of Savannah, LLC to further augment Scottish Rite Temple Masonic Lodge 4Foley House Inn Savannah Georgia 2your understanding of Savannah’s vaunted place in American architectural history, as we did while writing this post. ~I♥DM

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City Hall Savannah Georgia 11. Savannah City Hall (1906)

2 East Bay Street

Hyman Wallace Witcover, architect

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Old Savannah Cotton Exchange Savannah Georgia 12. Old Savannah Cotton Exchange (1886)

100 East Bay Street

William Gibbons Preston, architect

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Factors Walk Savannah Georgia 13. Factor’s Walk Complex (c.1790s-present)

Bounded approximately by River, Lincoln, Bay and Barnard Streets

Multiple architects and planners

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William Taylor Cotton Warehouse aka Chart House Savannah Georgia 14. William Taylor Cotton Warehouse (1818), now known as “Chart House Restaurant

202 West Bay Street

William Taylor, builder

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World War II Memorial Savannah Georgia 15. Savannah World War II Memorial: “A World Apart” (2010)

Approximately 100 West River Street

Eric Meyerhoff, designer

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United States Custom House Savannah Georgia 16. United States Custom House (1852)

101 East Bay Street

John S. Norris, architect

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Guckenheimer Building aka Inn at Ellis Square Savannah Georgia7. Guckenheimer Building (1888; destroyed by fire 1891; rebuilt 1892; renovated 2006) aka “The Inn on Ellis Square

201 West Bay Street

Alfred Eichberg & Calvin Fay, architects; Patrick Shay of Gunn Meyerhoff Shay, principal architect of 2006 renovation

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Forest City Hotel Company Building Savannah Georgia 18. Forest City Hotel Building (1912)

32 Bull Street

W. L. Stoddart, architect

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Savannah Bank and Trust Building Savannah Georgia 19. Savannah Bank & Trust Building (1911)

2 East Bryan Street

Louis Montayne Mowbray & Justin Maximo Uffinger, Sr., architects

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Citizens Bank aka Propes Hall Savannah Georgia 110. Citizens Bank (1895), now known as “Propes Hall”

15 Drayton Street

Gottfried Norman, architect

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Jepson Center for the Arts Savannah Georgia11. Jepson Center for the Arts (2006)

207 West York Street

Moshe Safdie, architect

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Citizens and Southern National Bank aka Bank of America Savannah Georgia12. Citizens & Southern National Bank (c.1907), now known as “Bank of America”

22 Bull Street

Louis Montayne Mowbray & Justin Maximo Uffinger, Sr., architects

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Chatham County Court House Savannah Georgia 113. Old Chatham County Court House (1889)

124 Bull Street

William Gibbons Preston, architect

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Chatham County Jail aka Habersham Hall Savannah Georgia 114. Old Chatham County Jail (1887) now known as “Habersham Hall”

Habersham Street @ East Perry Lane

Harry P. & Kenneth MacDonald, architects

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Savannah Federal Court House Savannah Georgia 115. Savannah Federal Court House (1899 with addition in the 1930s)

125 Bull Street

Jeremiah O’Rourke, architect; William Aiken, supervisory architect of 1930s addition

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Lucas Theater Savannah Georgia 116. Lucas Theater (1921)

32 Abercorn Street

C. K. Howell, architect

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Georgia Hussars Armory Savannah Georgia17. Georgia Hussars Armory (1897)

307-309 Bull Street

Unknown architect

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Scottish Rite Temple Masonic Lodge 118. Scottish Rite Temple Masonic Lodge (1913)

337-341 Bull Street

Hyman Wallace Witcover, architect

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Volunteer Guards Armory Savannah Georgia19. Volunteer Guards Armory (1892), now known as “Poetter Hall”

340 Bull Street

William Gibbons Preston, architect

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Telfair Hospital Savannah Georgia20. Telfair Hospital (1886)

East Park Avenue @ Drayton Street

Alfred Eichberg & Calvin Fay, architects

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Johnson Square Savannah Georgia21. Johnson Square (1733)

Bounded by Bryan, Bull and Congress Streets

General James Edward Oglethorpe, city planner

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Madison Square Savannah Georgia 122. Madison Square (1837)

Bounded by Harris, Bull and Charlton Streets

General James Edward Oglethorpe, city planner

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Reynolds Square Savannah Georgia23. Reynolds Square (1734)

Bounded by Abercorn, Bryan and Congress Streets

General James Edward Oglethorpe, city planner

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Les Chasseurs Volontaires De Saint Domingue Monument detail24. “Les Chasseurs Volontaires De Saint Domingue” Monument (2007) in Franklin Square (1790; destroyed 1935; restored c.1980s)

Bounded by Montgomery, Bryan and Congress Streets

James Mastin, sculptor

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Forsyth Park Fountain Savannah Georgia 325. Forsyth Park Fountain (1858) at Forsyth Park (1851)

Bounded by Gaston, Drayton, Park Avenue and Whitaker

Janes, Beebe & Company of New York, fabricators

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Memorial to the Confederate Dead Savannah Georgia 226. Memorial “To The Confederate Dead” (1875; altered 1879) at Forsyth Park (1851)

Bounded by Gaston, Drayton, Park Avenue and Whitaker

Robert Reid, designer; Confederate soldier at top by David Richards

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Cathedral of St John the Baptist Savannah Georgia 127. Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (c.1870s; interior reconstruction c.1899)

222 East Harris Street

Ephraim Francis Baldwin & Bruce Price, architects

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First African Baptist Church Savannah Georgia 128. First African Baptist Church (1861)

23 Montgomery Street

Unknown architect; built by members of congregation

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First Baptist Church Savannah Georgia29. First Baptist Church (1833; renovated 1922)

223 Bull Street

Elias Carter, architect; Henrik Wallin, managing architect of 1922 renovation

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Independent Presbyterian Church Savannah Georgia 130. Independent Presbyterian Church (1817; rebuilt 1891)

25 West Oglethorpe Avenue

John Holden Greene, architect; William Gibbons Preston, supervising architect of 1891 rebuilding

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Lutheran Church of the Ascension Savannah Georgia 131. Lutheran Church of the Ascension (1878)

120 Bull Street

George B. Clarke, architect

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Mickve Israel Synagogue Savannah Georgia 232. Mickve Israel Synagogue (1878)

20 East Gordon Street

Henry Harrison & J. D. Foley, architects

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St Johns Episcopal Church Savannah Georgia 133. St. John’s Episcopal Church (1853)

1 West Macon Street

Calvin Otis, architect

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Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church Savannah Georgia 134. Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church (1876-1890)

433 Abercorn Street

Thomas Dixon & Charles L. Carson, architects

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AJ Miller House Savannah Georgia35. A. J. Miller House (1873)

107 West Perry Street

DeWitt Bruyn, architect

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Champion McAlpin Harper Fowlkes House Savannah Georgia 136. Champion-McAlpin / Harper-Fowlkes House (1844; mansard roof added in 1895)

230 Barnard Street

Charles Blaney Cluskey, architect

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Foley House Inn Savannah Georgia 137. Foley House Inn (1896)

14 West Hull Street

Henry Urban, architect

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Francis Stone House Savannah Georgia38. Francis Stone House (1818; enlarged 1880)

402 East State Street

Unknown architect

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Fred Hull House aka The Granite Steps Savannah Georgia39. Fred Hull House (1882) aka “The Granite Steps”

126 East Gaston Street

John Williams, builder

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George Ferguson and Lucy Camp Armstrong House Savannah Georgia40. George Ferguson & Lucy Camp Armstrong House (1919)

447 Bull Street

Henrik Wallin, architect

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Green Meldrim House Savannah Georgia41. Green-Meldrim House (1853)

14 West Macon Street

John S. Norris, architect

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Hamilton Turner Inn Savannah Georgia 142. Hamilton-Turner Inn (1873)

333 Abercorn Street

J. D. Hall, architect

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Isaiah Davenport House Savannah Georgia 243. Isaiah Davenport House (1820)

324 East State Street

Isaiah Davenport, builder

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James Habersham Jr House aka The Olde Pink House Savannah Georgia44. James Habersham, Jr. House (1789) aka “The Olde Pink House”

23 Abercorn Street

Unknown architect

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John M Williams House Savannah Georgia45. John M. Williams House (1886)

17 West Jones Street

Unknown architect

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John Schley House Savannah Georgia46. John Schley House (1880)

109 West Perry Street

Unknown architect

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John Scudder House Savannah Georgia47. John Scudder House (1851)

11 East Jones Street

John Scudder, builder

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John Williams House Savannah Georgia48. John M. Williams House (1879-1882)

17-19 West Gordon Street

Unknown architect

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Joseph J Dale and David Wells Row Houses Savannah Georgia49. Joseph J. Dale & David Wells Row Houses (1881-1884)

131-151 East Gaston Street

Joseph J. Dale & David Wells, builders

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Lewis Kayton House Savannah Georgia 150. Lewis Kayton House (1889), now known as “The Mansion on Forsyth Park

700 Drayton Street

Alfred Eichberg, architect

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McMillan Brothers Row Houses Savannah Georgia51. McMillan Brothers Row Houses (1892)

402-410 E. Huntingdon Street

Unknown architect

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Mercer Williams House Savannah Georgia 152. Mercer-Williams House (1860-1870)

429 Bull Street

John S. Norris, architect

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Nobel Hardee House Savannah Georgia53. Noble A. Hardee House (1860-1869; altered 1884)

3 West Gordon Street

John S. Norris, architect

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Old Sorrel Weed House Savannah Georgia 154. Old Sorrel-Weed House (1841)

6 West Harris Street

Charles Blaney Cluskey, architect

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Owens Thomas House Savannah Georgia 155. Owens-Thomas House (1819)

124 Abercorn St

William Jay, architect

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Wedding Cake Mansion Savannah Georgia56. The Wedding Cake Mansion (1869; altered 1895)

14 East Taylor Street

Unknown architect

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William H Baker House Savannah Georgia57. William H. Baker House (1872)

612 Drayton Street

Unknown architect

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William Hunter House Savannah Georgia58. William Hunter House (1872)

10 East Taylor Street

Unknown architect

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William Kehoe House Savannah Georgia59. William Kehoe House (1893)

123 Habersham Street

DeWitt Bruyn, architect

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William R Boyd House Savannah Georgia60. William R. Boyd House (1868)

205 East Gaston Street

Unknown architect

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Old Savannah Cotton Exchange Savannah Georgia 2

 

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Dale Carlson grew up along the northeastern shores of Lake Michigan, where at a young age Detroit called out to him in his dreams. In 2008, after extended stays in ten different Michigan cities, the author settled permanently in southeast Oakland County where he currently lives and works in various capacities within the local real estate industry.

4 Comments

  1. Ellie I.
    Posted January 31, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    To Dale Carlson – I live and go to school in Savannah. I was hoping you could tell me where you got your information on the Noble Hardee House (your listed number 53)?

  2. Posted March 1, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Hello Ellie, Thanks for your comment. Please accept my apologies for taking so long to get back to you. February is when I usually take my vacation and I often blow off work for the entire month. Lol! Anyway, to answer your question, my primary source for the majority of this article is a book entitled “Savannah Architectural Tours” by Jonathan E. Stalcup, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2008, but I used many other sources too. The single most important source outside of Jonathan’s book was without question the plaques found on the exteriors of many of the historic structures in Savannah, usually placed there by homeowners or local historic preservation organizations. The best online source for info on the Hardee house that I have found is this: http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/meta/html/dlg/larc/meta_dlg_larc_jlc0752.html .
    Thanks for reading! D~

  3. Posted July 1, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Well done Dale Carson!! Please drop by the Sorrel Weed House the next time you are in Savannah. We would love to give you a personal Historic Tour of the house in the day, and one of our Savannah Ghost tours we offer in the evening! I wish more people shared your love of history and architecture! Our info is here

    http://www.sorrelweedhouse.com
    http://www.savannahtours.net
    http://www.savannah-ghost-tours.com
    http://www.thesavannahghosttours.com

    Calvin Parker
    General Manager
    Sorrel Weed House Museum
    912-257-2223

  4. Posted July 4, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks, Calvin. I’ll be taking you up on that offer in the not too distant future. D~

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