Savannah, known for its architecture and historic buildings, attracts more and more visitors through the years as they come to take a historic tour of this scenic city. Whether you are a local or you're just visiting, without a doubt, you'll love looking at a place that feels like it came right off of a postcard. For first time visitors, it is highly recommended that you include taking a stroll along the streets to see the famous historic houses on your list of things to do in Savannah. These historic homes from the 18th and 19th century bring so many memories from our ancestors and so much awe from our visitors. See it for yourself and know that a simple walk along the streets of these houses will definitely leave you stunned.
Historic Homes in Savannah
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Located at 124 Abercorn Street, on the northeast corner of Oglethorpe Square. Designed by the English architect William Jay of Bath. The Owens-Thomas House collection contains furnishings and decorative arts from the English Regency period, English Georgian and American Federal period furniture, early Savannah textiles, silver, Chinese Export porcelain, and 18th- and 19th-century art. The house servant's quarters feature slave artifacts of the period. The courtyard features a small parterre garden.
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This 108-year-old was built in 1899. Located in 1921 Bull Street and is considered one of the most outstanding examples of “Steamboat Gothic gingerbread carpentry” in the US. The house is commonly referred to as the Gingerbread House because of the elaborate gingerbread arches and spindles on the front porch and side balcony, also known as The Asendorf House. There’s a conservatory, three fireplaces, a wooden staircase, and extensive wood trim. The house is also filled with antique furnishings from the original period and a private courtyard with a gazebo and small waterfall. The house is now available for rentals as a venue for weddings, private parties, receptions, and other events. It is also one of the most photographed homes in Savannah and has been featured in many films and publications.
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Built in 1820, this lovely manor located at 324 East State Street functions as a museum, a recognition awarded by the Historic Savannah Foundation since 1963. Designed by the master builder Isaiah Davenport, a native of New England, for his growing household.
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It was the first public art museum in the Southern United States. Founded by Mary Telfair (1791–1875), a prominent local citizen, the museum encompasses an extensive collection of over 4,500 American and European paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, housed in three buildings: the Telfair Academy (formerly the Telfair family home) and the Owens-Thomas House, which are both National Historic Landmarks designed by British architect William Jay in the early nineteenth century; and the contemporary Jepson Center for the Arts, designed by Moshe Safdie and completed in 2006. The Telfair Academy contains two nineteenth-century period rooms, and it houses nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and European art from the museum’s permanent collection including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts.
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The house was originally owned by the Armstrong family. It is a 100-year-old, four-story mansion built in a restored Italian renaissance architectural style with a large grand entrance and porches that perfectly fits Savannah. In 1935, it became the site of Armstrong Junior College, until the college moved to a larger location, and was bought by Jim Williams who converted it into a high-end antique shop. Currently, Bouhan, Williams, & Levy, one of the most prestigious law firms in all of Georgia have occupied the building since 1970.
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An Italianate side-hall townhouse, The residence (built about 1880) was at that time the home of Hugh M. Comer, President of the Central of Georgia Railway. The house features arches, molded lintels, overhanging eaves with paired brackets, and a traditional two-story piazza on the east side. The interior of the homes is as lovely as the exterior with elegant plasterwork and opulent moldings. Jefferson Davis, former president of the Confederate States of America, was a guest in 1886 in the house on the northeast corner of Bull and Taylor Streets.
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Located at 10 East Oglethorpe Avenue. Andrew Low commissioned New York architect John Norris to design and construct his house in 1848. Norris came to Savannah to design the Custom House on Bay Street and remained in Savannah to build many desirable residences with the latest in technology and luxury. The Italianate exterior features intricate cast iron railings and side balconies contrasting with the smooth stuccoed brick walls. The well-proportioned rooms are decorated with elaborate plaster cornices and carved woodwork. The delicate balance of exterior restraint and opulent interior resulted in an elegant villa for the family. The house remained in the family until the death of Andrew Low’s daughter-in-law, Juliette Gordon Low, Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA. The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia purchased the house from her heirs in 1928. Following many years of loving maintenance and conservation of the house was opened to the public in 1950.
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Located at 14 West Macon Street, on the northwest corner of Madison Square. This Historic Landmark was once the Civil War Headquarters of General William T. Sherman and features many unusual features. The house's principal facade faces south, with a porch and garden facing the square. The house is among the best-known examples of the Gothic Revival style in the South, with a stuccoed brick exterior, cast-iron porch, oriel windows, and an imposing front cast-iron fence. The main entrance has an iron portico believed to be unique in the United States, with octagonal posts supported a pair of arches. A crenelated parapet rings the roof. The interior of the house, following a center-hall plan, retains original woodwork, plaster, and ironwork, the latter featuring a freestanding staircase.
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Located at 230 Barnard Street on Orleans Square in historic downtown Savannah. Stands an excellent example of a fully developed Greek revival style home that was built in 1844 for Aaron Champion, a banker from Massachusetts. The entrance is framed by cast-iron gates, double curved sandstone steps, and features four monumental "Tower of the Winds" Corinthian-type columns. The entrance hall features a floor of black and white marble, and four square columns surrounding an oval rotunda through which a skylight can be seen three stories above. It is full of beautiful antiques with a stunning garden. The House is owned by the Society of the Cincinnati, given by Alida Harper Fowlkes.
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