Neglected throughout much of its history, like much of the city’s eastern side, Columbia Square has enjoyed a magnificent restoration and is today one of Savannah’s most lovely squares.
The restorative efforts truly kicked off in the fifties when a group of society women, concerned about the demolitions which threatened to destroy Savannah’s historic soul, drew the line at the proposed destruction of the 1820 Isaiah Davenport House. They joined forces as the Historic Savannah Foundation and made it their mission to rescue the storied Federal-style building. Over the years, the foundation has bought and saved over 300 other buildings in Savannah’s historic center. Without their work, Savannah would be a much more common place.
Surrounding Columbia are plenty of other noteworthy houses. The Kehoe Inn, on the western side, is a breathtaking Renaissance Revival mansion from 1829 which operates today as a Bed & Breakfast. Across the square, the ivy covered house on 130 Habersham, still a private residence, is possibly the square’s most strikingly gorgeous.
Columbia Square itself is a work of art. Four massive oak trees at each corner provide shade over the entire square, at the center of which sits the Wormsloe Fountain. Green and grey, the rustic fountain was designed in the shapes of leaves and winding ivy; though it was donated by the plantation’s family in the 1970s, it looks as though it’s been in Columbia Square forever. Like it sprouted from the ground.
This is probably one of our favorite squares in the city. Check out the pictures, and you’ll see why.
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December 30, 2010 at 12:10 pm