Tuesday, October 15, 2013

For the Love of #Savannah History: Our Historic Jones Street Neighbor

117 Jones Street, West, Savannah,
Chatham County, Georgia
Photographer: Frances Benjamin Johnston,
1864-1952; Date Created/Published: [1939 or 1944]
Source: Library of Congress
SAVANNAH Georgia (October 15, 2013) -- Combing through the Library of Congress archives recently we found a photo of 117 West Jones Street.

In the background of the photograph (upper right) is Zeigler House Inn, located at 121 West Jones Street, Savannah. In this 1939 (or 1944) photograph is a one-story building in between the homes of 117 West Jones and 121 West Jones. It is obviously out of place by today's standards of historic homes on Jones Street.

The conspicuous little building is not there today. Zeigler House Inn's Jackie Heinz shares some insights.  

"The small building in the middle was built some time after the turn of the century. It was a business that caught fire and was demolished. Once upon a time that historic district lot belonged to Mr. Solomon Zeigler, who owned the inn's land and built our stately home (circa 1858).

"The lot next to us (which would be 119 West Jones Street) was considered a surveyed city lot and, therefore, was sold separately from the main house. After the fire, 119 West Jones remained an empty lot for some time. Later it was bought by our neighbors who owned the brick row house next door (117 West Jones). Today it is their side courtyard garden."

"In the photo you'll see a portion of the third story balcony and porch at 121 West Jones. It was taken down after the little girl fell.  I'd love to rebuild the balcony porch. Our parlor level porch is a favorite place for this historic inn's guests to relax in true southern style.  I love to be there, too, when time permits!"

There are more wonderful tales about magnificent Jones Street -- Savannah's canopied, brick-cobbled street named for the owner of Wormsloe Plantation, now a Georgia State Park.  Come and visit us at Zeigler House Inn ... soon and often. 

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