At its founding in 1733, Savannah became the first North American city planned around public squares. In accordance with General Oglethorpe’s grand design for his new capital city, Savannah was built upon four squares, which served as gardens and meeting areas. The western and eastern sides of each square were reserved for public buildings, such as churches and government offices, while the northern and southern ends were for private residences, called tything blocks.
Savannah was the original capital of Georgia, the last of the Thirteen Colonies, and its perfectly logical design made it instantly famous around the world. The plan was far-sighted, allowing for over a century of growth, always replicating the square system. By the mid 19th century, there were a total of 24 city squares.
From the largest (Johnson) to the smallest (Crawford), each of Savannah’s squares has its own history — even the two which have been lost to progress (Liberty and Elbert). The city plan really appeals to my logical side, and we hope to fully explore each one during our three months here, and learn their stories and secrets.
7. Liberty (lost)
13. Elbert (lost)
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