Savannah’s famous historic houses are fine, often breathtaking, examples of the best that architecture has ever produced. Built between the early 1800s through the birth of the 20th Century, these houses–Federal, Neo-Gothic, English Regency, Steamboat Gothic, and Victorian mansions, and petite Victorian cottages–are the buildings that make Historic Savannah the city we love today.
Andrew Low House
Built in 1848-49 by cotton merchant Andrew Low, whose son, William MacKay Low, married Juliette Gordon, founder of the Girl Scouts. Now houses the Colonial Dames House, headquarters of the State Society of the Colonial Dames of America. The carriage house (shown below) is now the headquarters of the Girl Scouts of America. 329 Abercorn St. 233-6854 — photos by J. Star
Built in 1820 by Isaiah Davenport, this is a prime example of Federal Style architecture. Now a museum, it features fine plasterwork and period furnishings. 324 East State St. 236-8097. — photo by J.B. Raetzke
Sorrell Weed House
Built between 1839 and 1840, this house stands as one of the finest symbols of antebellum Greek/Revival architecture in the United States. Prior to and during the Civil War, it entertained both General Sherman and General Lee. 6 W. Harris St. 236-8888.
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Bull Street at Liberty
Built in 1818-1821. Juliette Gordon, known as Daisy,” founder of the Girl Scouts was born here in 1860. The house, filled with original family furniture, has been restored to the period of 1886, the year of Juliette’s marriage. It is the national center for the Girl Scouts. 142 Bull St. 233-4501 — photo by J.B. Raetzke
Considered the nation’s finest example of English Regency architecture, this house was designed by William Jay and built in 1816-1819. It has a formal English garden and a lovely carriage house. 124 Abercorn St. 233-9743. — photo by J.B. Raetzke
King Tisdell Cottage
Built in 1896, this restored Victorian cottage is now an African culture museum. 514 E. Huntington St., (off Price St.) 234-8000. — photo by J. Star
Flannery O’Connor House
Built in 1856, this charming 3-story house is the birthplace of Flannery O’Connor, born Mary Flannery O’Connor, on March 25, 1925. O’Connor spent her childhood here. Today the house is an O’Connor museum and often a meeting place for literary events. — photo by Bob Wisener
Gingerbread historic home
Built in 1899 by Cord Asendorf, this magnificent house is considered among the finest examples of Steamboat Gothic architecture in America. Today, The Gingerbread House is one of Savannah’s leading caterers and is the site of countless romantic weddings, anniversary parties and other festivities. — photo by Bob Wisener
Magnolia Place Inn
503 Whitaker St.
With graceful, wide verandas that overlook Forsyth Park, the Magnolia Place Inn, now a well-known Bed and Breakfast, is among downtown Savannah’s loveliest examples of Victorian architecture. The birthplace of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and novelist, Conrad Aiken, this magnificent mansion, originally Magnolia Hall, was built in 1878 for Guerard Heyward, descendent of Thomas Heyward, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. — photo by Bob Wisener
Lee and Emma Adler House
425 Bull St.
Built in 1858 for the Rev. Charles Rogers, this lovely brick 5-bedroom townhouse is the home of Jim Williams’ arch-rival, Lee Adler. The feud between the two men, who had different perspectives on preservation, was much described in The Book. The house is direct across the side street from Williams’ Mercer House. — photo by Bob Wisener
429 Bull St.
This magnificent mansion, designed in 1860 for Hugh W. Mercer, Johnny Mercer’s great-grandfather. Construction was interrupted by the Civil War, and the house was not completed until about 1868. Jim Williams, long known as a preservation and restoration expert, as well as a bon vivant and lavish host, became famous as the central figure in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. He bought the Mercer House in 1969 and spent two years restoring the home. Williams’ sister, Dorothy Kingery, now owns it. — photo by Bob Wisener