|Looking south at Zeigler House Inn, prominently|
situated on world famous Jones Street,
located at the southeast corner of Barnard Street.
Today, Savannah mansions meld into Savannah vacation ideas and are daily visual gifts to the public. We share thanks to Savannah historic district's home owners' passion and resources to renovate and share the charm of one of America's most beautiful cities. Zeigler House Inn, privately owned and built by prominent lumber merchant Solomon Zeigler (circa 1856) is one of the mansions that extends a humanizing, civilized effect to the Savannah scene.
SAVANNAH ARCHITECTURE SPARED “SCORCHED EARTH POLICY" TO BECOME THE CHRISTMAS GIFT IN 1864 TO U.S. PRESIDENT LINCOLN.
Named among Savannah top attractions, the Savannah National Historic Landmark District consists of the pre-Civil War section of Savannah and is significant for its city plan and remarkable architecture.
Top Savannah points of interest were spared the ravages of war.
Famously, on December 22, 1864, as the Civil War entered its final months, Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman sent a message to President Abraham Lincoln notifying him that he had captured the city of Savannah, Georgia, thereby completing his 300-mile “March to the Sea” that had begun in Atlanta on November 16, 1864. Sherman’s message was published in the December 26, 1864, edition of The New York Times. It read, “I beg to present you as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with one hundred and fifty heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, and also about twenty-five thousand bales of cotton.” Source: The Learning Network, New York Times
Historians Walter J. Fraser, Jr., and Richard H. Haunton point to English architect William Jay of Bath for influencing Savannah's scene and citizens' social civilities.
Three of the Savannah mansions designed by visionary Jay and built for affluent visionaries in the early 1800s are museums, now open to the public.
"Jay's mansions [were] designed for the wealthy of Savannah.... His architecture influenced Savannah's landscape, which, in turn, influenced both Savannahians and visitors, as did the city's design." - Source: "Savannah In the Old South" by Walter J. Fraser, Jr., with a footnote to Richard H. Haunton, "Savannah in the 1850s".Designed in the Regency style, Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (circa 1818) situated on the northwest Trust Lot on Telfair Square features also Greek and Roman architecture through expansion and renovations. Two high style Regency residences are Owens-Thomas House (circa 1816 - 1819) on Oglethorpe Square's northeast Trust Lot, and Ships of the Sea Museum in the Scarborough House.
Amid the mansion architecture, the exterior iron work, facing south, captures our attention.
Is the southern gaze a subtle repeat of Georgia founder James Oglethorpe's concern to watch toward the south for Spanish invasion? Union Army forces, too, approached Savannah from the south, with a breach at Fort McAllister on the Ogeechee River in Richmond Hill, Georgia.
|Telfair Mansion's Window Iron Work |
(Photo: Library of Congress,
December 30, 1936)
Owens-Thomas House. The Richardson House, as it was originally known after its first owner (cotton merchant and banker Richard Richardson and his wife Francis Bolton), is North America's preeminent example of period English Regency architecture. Three years after the house’s completion, Richardson suffered financial losses and sold his house, which later came under possession of the Bank of the United States.
|Richardson-Maxwell-Owens-Thomas House. |
Photo: L. D. Andrew, December 30, 1936,
side porch (south), Library of Congress
|William Scarborough House, now Ships of the Sea|
Museum, view of south porch.
Photo: Library of Congress
The Savannah Historic District was made a National Historic Landmark on November 13, 1966, in conjunction with its listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
ABOUT ZEIGLER HOUSE INN
Featured on "Wheel of Fortune", Zeigler House Inn was fully renovated in 2002. This upscale mansion now a romantic getaway inn on magnificent Jones Street in uptown Savannah's historic district serves stately bed and breakfast lodging with delicious cuisine (compliments of caterer-turned-innkeeper Jackie Heinz, a southern 'steel magnolia' from Kentucky). With French-inspired decor -- a nod to Revolutionary hero, General Marquis de Lafayette -- the 7 private suites and private rooms afford Europe-meets-Savannah style, plus southern comforts for a leisure trip and/or business travel enhanced with local flair. Each of private suites and rooms uniquely features a private kitchen or kitchenette, plus private bath.
Contact: 121 West Jones Street, Savannah, Georgia USA 31401; Phone: 866-233-5307; email email@example.com; zeiglerhouseinn.com
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