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The Historic District of Savannah, Georgia

Explore Architecture, Garden Squares and More in Savannah


Photo Credit: © 2007 George Alexander, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Photo Credit: © 2007 George Alexander, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Visiting Savannah - The Historic District
The Historic District of Savannah, encompassing an area of 2.5 square miles, is the largest registered urban National Historic Landmark district in the United States. The boundaries of the Savannah Historic District are:
  • The Savannah River
  • East Broad Street
  • Gwinnett Street
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Savannah Visitor Center
The Savannah Visitor Center is located at 301 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in the restored Central of Georgia Railroad Station. Hours are:
  • Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Telephone: 912-944-0455
Savannah's Unique City Plan
Savannah's distinctive city plan was designed in 1733 by General James E. Oglethorpe, the founder of the colony of Georgia. Oglethorpe's design plan was based on a grid system of 24 square areas known as wards. Each ward featured an open park-like space at the center that was surrounded by equal sized lots for private homes and four larger lots for public buildings.

Today, 21 of the original 24 squares still exist, boasting some of the finest examples of architecture in America. Over 1,600 restored structures are rated as historically and architecturally significant in a variety of styles including Federal, Georgian, Gothic Revival, Greek Revival, Italianate, Regency, Victorian, Colonial and more.

Historic Homes
Tours of many historic homes are available and most Savannah visitors try to visit at least a few. Some of the most popular historic home museums and tours include:Visiting Savannah - Additional Information
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