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18 points of interest including the Sorrel-Weed House, Davenport House, Olde Pink House, Hamilton-Turner Inn, Mercer-Williams House, Andrew Low House, Green-Meldrim House, and tbe Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace.
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Founded in 1733 and spared the ravages of Sherman’s March to the Sea, Savannah’s Historic District is one of the largest on American soil. The city is an antebellum watercolor painting that conveys the wealth of a thriving port city with each brushstroke. The Spanish moss-covered oaks, colorful azaleas and cobblestone streets provide a stunning canvas for historic buildings.
The district is home to a wide variety of architectural styles from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Davenport and Oliver Sturges homes have elliptical fanlights, symmetrical facades and other Federal style features. The Champion-Fowlkes Houses is part of the 19th century Greek Revival movement. For Italianate architecture and the city’s most exquisite ironwork balcony, visit the Mercer-Williams House. The Owens-Thomas House is a Regency Style tour de force with double winding staircases, and the Hamilton-Turner Inn is a wonderful example of the French Second Empire design. Nationally renowned architects, such as John Norris, William Jay and Charles Cluskey designed homes for wealthy Savannahians.
Visitors will see intricately detailed Victorian mansions and simple Colonial Style homes. There are wrought iron balconies, Doric and Corinthian columned porticos, stain glass skylights, Savannah’s unique brickwork and a breathtaking assortment of bold colors. Interior spaces display impressive collections of furniture and artwork as well as dazzling architectural details, such as soaring central halls, floating staircases and exquisite woodcarvings. The rear courtyards contain flowering gardens, carriage houses and urban slave housing.
Tragically, far too many of the Savannah’s architecturally significant buildings were demolished in the 1950s. Foundations, historical societies and concerned citizens, have renovated and restored hundreds of homes, which in turn have become inns, restaurants, offices and museums. Many of which are open to the public.