John Duncan,( A Charleston native )professor emeritus at Armstrong Atlantic State University, puts the city's architectural delights into perspective by making a comparison with a neighbor 120 miles down the road. "Savannah's sister city, Charleston, South Carolina, has a wonderful collection of eighteenth-century buildings," he notes, "but they are pretty much alike: gable end to the street with two-story verandas on the side and with the front door opening onto the porch."
"Savannah, on the other hand, has the whole spectrum of architectural styles," the professor explains, although pointing out that devastating fires in 1796, 1820, and 1889 destroyed most of Savannah's Georgian architecture.
MALIBU, CA - The editors of Robb Report magazine, the international luxury lifestyle authority,have named Savannah, Georgia as the American city with the most exceptional architecture in it's annual "Best Places to Live" special feature. Detailed in Robb Report's July issue, which is scheduled to reach newsstands on June 26, "Best Places to Live" culminates months of research and dozens of interviews conducted by the magazine's editorial staff. In lauding Savannah, Robb Report's editors point to the seemingly endless array of stunning buildings that amass the city's eight designated historic districts, which boast at least 11 major styles of architecture. According to the magazine, the roots of Savannah's architectural history date back to 1864, when the city's surrender saved it from destruction by Union General William Tecumseh Sherman. "This allowed a wealth of antebellum buildings to survive, joined in later years by examples of late-19th and early-20th-century architecture," the magazine explains. Designed in 1733 and widely believed to be America's first planned city, Savannah "captures people's hearts (because) they are enveloped in architecture," according to Dirk Hardison, architectural design consultant for the Historic Savannah Foundation. "It's not one odd building on a street looking like a forlorn relic from the past. It has neighbors. Now in its 27th year, Robb Report is the international authority on the luxury lifestyle. Each month, the magazine reports on issues and trends affecting the affluent market, with coverage of exclusive events and features on exceptional automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft, art, jewelry, watches, fashion, travel, homes, wines, spirits and cigars.
Savannah has a rich architectural heritage. It led the United States in the developing the Regency style architecture. Also, of great importantance is the collection of Italiate and Greek Revival Buildings. Take a tour and enjoy exploring the city for individual architectural styles.
Here are some but not all examples of Savannah's different styles of architecture. Enjoy!