Mar. 06, 2017 | By Emily Smith
Explore These Neighborhoods at the Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens
Have you always wanted to see what Savannah’s finest private homes look like on the inside? The 82nd Annual Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens is the perfect opportunity to do just that. These self-guided tours allow onlookers the chance to admire architecture and furnishings of some of Savannah‘s most treasured homes.
The 2017 Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens showcases homes in five of Savannah’s National Register Historic Districts: the Victorian District, Thomas Square, Eastern Historic District, Western Historic District and Ardsley Park-Chatham Crescent. Keep reading to learn more about each district and their designated tour date and times.
Developed between the late 1860s and 1890s, Savannah’s Victorian District is known for its wide, brick sidewalks and tree-lined streets. This district boasts houses aligned on narrow lots, which reflect popular architectural styles like Carpenter “Box” and High Victorian Queen Anne. Several quaint, brick townhouses are also scattered throughout the area.
The Thomas Square Streetcar Historic District was developed during the late 19th into the mid-20th century and dubbed the streetcar suburb. Architectural styles within the district include Queen Anne, Folk Victorian, Italianate, Neoclassical Revival, Colonial Revival, Beaux Arts, Prairie School and Craftsman. Many of these homes have lavishly landscaped yards.
Built during the peak of the Cotton Era, these 19th century homes exhibit many Romantic Revival architectural elements. Stroll through Madison, Monterey and Chatham Squares before admiring Forsyth Park and the elaborate homes surrounding it. At the heart of this area is the broad brick-paved West Jones Street, known for its elegant rowhouses canopied by live oaks.
In this district, you’ll find beautifully restored 19th century homes showcasing wrought iron, unique architectural detailing and charming front stoops. The area includes a range of both large and small houses, duplexes and rowhouses in a variety of architectural styles including Romanesque, Victorian and Italianate.
Developed in 1910, this district was built to accommodate the automobile. This large residential area is made up of two adjacent subdivisions that dawn broad streets, lush tree canopies and landscaped squares. Chatham Crescent features a grand mall, crescent shaped avenues and small circular parks. The district is almost completely residential and contains larger homes with expansive lawns in a variety of revival and eclectic style, most of which were popular in the early 20th century.
Want to learn more about the 2017 Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens? Click here for a detailed schedule of tours, seminars and other events.
Emily Smith will receive her BA in English and Professional Communications from Armstrong State University this spring. Emily loves living in Savannah and enjoys local music, hiking, reading about interesting people and planning her next adventure.