Laid out in 1841, Crawford is the only of Savannah’s squares with recreational equipment: a basketball court, won after a 1946 Savannah-wide basketball competition. Found on Houston Street, the square was named after native Savannahian William Harris Crawford, who was Secretary of the Treasury and ran unsuccessfully for President in 1824.
All of the squares in Savannah were fenced in at one time, but only Crawford remains so. It’s also retained its cistern, from the days when Savannah’s fire department kept a station in every square. The fence, the cistern and the basketball court give Crawford a distinctly unique feel to it. Compared to the rest of Savannah’s squares, only Ellis Square is less “standard”. Still, with a gazebo in the center and azaleas that bloom in spring, Crawford definitely manages to charm.
During the days of Jim Crow, when segregation was the law of the land, Crawford was the only square which blacks were allowed to use. It’s a historically black neighborhood, and today a very quiet, peaceful one. But “peaceful” probably isn’t how Crawford was described a few years ago — none other than the fabulous Lady Chablis used to call it home. I doubt anything within a two-mile radius of her could be considered “peaceful”.
Check out our pictures of one of Savannah’s least appreciated, and most unique squares.
January 23, 2011 at 5:20 pm Comment (1)