Showing posts with label savannah architecture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label savannah architecture. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

“INN” Search in Savannah Tour Guide Manual Gives Charming Savannah Visit Insights, Like Award-wINNing, INNovative, PINNacle, and DINNer!

Savannah, Georgia (April 30, 2014) – We were curious: How many places would “INN” appear in the City of Savannah Tour Guide Manual?  INN appearing is a portion of the words is what surprised us!  Now we're curious and continue the search.

Horse carriages in Savannah are a popular way
to explore the National Landmark Historic District --
a 2.5 mile area, slightly expanded from
Georgia founder James Oglethorpe's
innovative city plan. Photo © Jerry Harris
Those INN words paint a delicious broad stroke to introduce you to beautiful, historic Savannah --  WINNING ARCHITECTURE, INNOVATIVE CITY PLAN, a presidential DINNER, Button GWINNETT, SOCIETY OF CINCINNATI, and BEGINNING in many different places. Historic INNs offer character-rich back stories and modern-day lodging, too.

Let's begin with ZEIGLER HOUSE INN, before we get to our fascinating findings.

ZEIGLER HOUSE INN is a privately-owned, family-owned inn on magnificent Jones Street. “Jones Street is often cited as the premier residential street in the Historic District”, the Tour Guide Manual states.  

Our Savannah INN's character-rich story is of Salzburg lumber merchant, Solomon Zeigler who came from the religious Ebenezer community to do business in the city. Using mahogany, oak, and pine lumber, he built this stately brick family townhome in 1856, now ZEIGLER HOUSE INN. In this Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, we'll add also that Mr. Zeigler was among the business and civic leaders who decided also to surrender Savannah to Union General William Sherman, rather than have Savannah destroyed, as was the fate of Atlanta during the Civil War (1861-1865).


Tall ship docked on the Savannah River.
In foreground are Colonial-era warehouses.
In background is Savannah's first sky scraper
and City Hall (dome). Photo © Jerry Harris
INNOVATIVE CITY PLAN FOR SAVANNAH.  One of Oglethorpe’s most enduring contributions was the development and implementation of an innovative CITY PLAN for Savannah (ca. 1733), which included a grid iron street system and green space.

AWARD WINNING ARCHITECTURE.  As one walks from square to square, passing each building, discovering a different nuance of detailing, from the eaves to the railings and stairs, the visual-architectural experience can be as overwhelming to the eye as a symphony is to the ear." --Eric Meyerhoff, Savannah architect who is renowned for the Gunn & Meyerhoff renovation to create Rousakis Plaza on Savannah River Street.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

"The Visual Architectural Delight of Savannah" includes Italinate Architecture: Zeigler House Inn and Comer House

Comer House (background left) overlooks
Monterey Square and the Pulaski Monument,
Pulaski Monument, designed by Robert
Launitz and erected in 1855.
 Frances Benjamin Johnston, photographer
Library of Congress, Carnegie Collection
SAVANNAH Georgia (February 2, 2014) -- Historic 19th Century architecture in Savannah is one of the city's magnificent treasures. We can thank, in part, Civil War General William Sherman for his decision not to burn Savannah during the Union army's infamous "March to the Sea" in 1864.  Remember, his army burned Atlanta and a swath of plantations and farms between Atlanta and Savannah, including Savannah River plantation homes in route into the city.

"After 1850, Savannah saw the rise of Italianate, Queen Anne, and Gothic and exotic revival styles. Many of these buildings are high style residences, exhibiting the prosperity of Savannah before the Civil War." Source: Historic Savannah Foundation
Two beautiful Italianate homes, both steeped in history in Savannah's Landmark Historic District, are our Zeigler House Inn (circa 1858), and the historic Comer House (circa 1880) on Monterey Square.

Why limit your enjoyment to Savannah's architecture from  streetside views? We'd love for you to plan your stay at our popular, historic Savannah bed and breakfast -- Zeigler House Inn, built by lumber merchant Solomon Zeigler.
The "visual architectural delight of Savannah manifests itself in three distinct scales, entwined to create a visual fabric unlike any city in the United States." -- Eric Meyerhoff, Savannah architect