Named for the Marquis de Lafayette in 1837, Lafayette Square and Lafayette Ward were first laid out along Abercorn Street. Lafayette served as an Aide de Camp to General Washington during the American Revolution and later visited the city of Savannah in 1825. Highly respected by the locals, the Marquis de Lafayette was later chosen to dedicate the monument to Nathanael Green that now resides in Johnson Square.
While there are no monuments present in Lafayette Square, visitors to Savannah can take a moment to appreciate the lovely fountain installed in the square by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. The fountain took up residence in the square in 1983 as a way of commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of Georgia as a colony. There are also numerous architecturally and historically significant buildings scattered throughout the square.
One of those is the Andrew Low House. Dating back to 1849, this home is located on the northwest corner of Charlton and Abercorn Streets. Following the death of her husband, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts of America in 1912. Her carriage house was bequeathed to the Savannah Girl Scouts and is now used to house a vast array of Girl Scout memorabilia.
Take a stroll past the south side of Charlton Street and you will see a unique home built in the West Indies style. Although this type of architecture is rather unique to the city of Savannah, there are several homes built in this style in Charleston.
The Greek revival style home located at 207 East Charlton is notable in that it was the childhood home of Flannery O’Conner, who went on to become a prize-winning author.
Now a beautiful bed and breakfast, the Hamilton-Turner home located at 330 Abercorn, is considered one of the loveliest homes in Savannah. The home dates back to 1873. Along with architectural influences inspired by Italian designs, the home also reflects a distinctive Second Empire baroque style.
The oldest Roman Catholic church in the state resides at Abercorn and Harris. The Cathedral of St. John Baptist was actually reconstructed from an original design following a fire in 1898. The Gothic revival style of the church’s spires can also be seen throughout the city.