A Look at Savannah Homes and Architectural Styles
From it's earliest beginnings when small cottages were all that were built, through the days of rice and cotton, to the 1900's and beyond, the homes and buildings of Savannah have reflected the City's changing face.
On this tour I take you on a walk from the earliest part of the City, south to the end of the Historic District. Along the way, we will see how the architecture evolved and changed as the City itself did.
We will take a look at the work of four of the major builders and architects, and discuss their styles.
As we end our tour, we will be at the beginning of Forsyth Park and the Victorian District. So, if you wish to, you can stroll through the park on your own and see how that style took hold in the late 1800's.
All in all a great way to see some of the great Savannah Homes.
(Please note, we will not be going into any of the houses. However, several do offer tours on their own).
This is one of my favorite tours.
Savannah was built on the Yamacraw Bluff on the north bank of the Savannah River. Therefore, the city grew from north to south.
We will begin our tour by meeting at Johnson Square, the first square built, in the year 1733.
Then, we will gradually move south, while going between the some of the squares from east to west. In this manner, we will see how the development of Savannah occurred chronologically.
The city grew around the planned neighborhoods (with a square in the middle of each). By 1853, there were five rows of neighborhoods. We will end our tour at Monterey Square, which is on the fifth row. Monterey Square is just below Forsyth Park.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: This tour will start at Johnson Square, at Bull Street and Congress Street.
We will meet in front of the Greene Monument, in the middle of the square.
End location: Monterey Square.
Just below Forsyth Park.
Duration: 2 hours
If we're having a good time, or are having lengthy discussions, we could go an extra thirty minutes.
This is a walking tour.
For an additional fee, and with a weeks notice in advance, car tours are available.
* A wonderful walk through the Historic District while having a great discussion on the varying aspects of the architectural development of Savannah's homes.
* A look at four of the major builders and architects, and some of their works.
* An understanding of how Savannah's geographic location played a part in how she was built, and rebuilt throughout the years.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 USD - Just for incidentals.
While there are no extra charges on this tour, you may want to grab a drink or alcoholic beverage along the way.
Nothing extra is really needed.
However, some things to consider:
A good pair of walking shoes.
A hat for shade, if desired.
An umbrella in case of rain.
Bug repellent from March through October, (optional).
Dress for the season.
Savannah is one of the cities in greatest cities in the world for walking. Thus, all my tours are Walking Tours.
I am not licensed to contact tours from a vehicle.
And, all my tours are conducted within the Historical District.