Laid out in 1791, Warren Square was named in honor of General Joseph Warren, a Revolutionary hero from Massachusetts who was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Warren Square itself looks like a battlefield — in a fight being waged between the forces of preservation and development.
On the square’s west side is a hulking parking lot, damaging Warren’s aesthetics and rudely truncating the lovely St. Julian Street, which is notable for the oyster shells in its pavement. Turn your attention to the east of the square, however, and an entirely different picture emerges.
On Habersham and especially on St. Julian, there are a number of splendidly restored houses, some of which were moved here from other locations. With its Savannah grey brick, the house at 420-422 E. St. Julian is particularly striking, as it’s so isolated from other buildings. Another excellently restored house is at 24 Habersham, which was built in 1797 by a plantation owner from Daufuskie Island. It hosted Marquis de Lafyette in 1825, and served as a makeshift hospital during the yellow fever epidemic of 1876.
Warren Square itself is almost completely nondescript. There’s a nicely kept yard, but no statues or markers of any kind. But with its location near the river, the beauty of the homes on the east side, and since you probably parked in that hideous garage on the west side anyway, there are plenty of reasons to make a swing through it.
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January 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm