The 24 Squares of Savannah

The 24 Squares of Savannah

At the time of its founding in 1733, Savannah was the first North American city planned around public squares. General Oglethorpe’s grand design for his new capital called for four squares to serve 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 original thirteen colonies, and its logical design won it fame around the world. The plan was far-sighted, allowing for over a century of growth, always replicating the square system further outward. By the mid 19th century, there were a total of twenty-four.

From the largest (Johnson) to the smallest (Crawford), each of Savannah’s twenty-four squares has its own history and personality. We made a promise to fully explore each of them during our three months here, and learn their stories and secrets. It was a promise we kept.

1. Franklin
2. Ellis
3. Johnson
4. Reynolds
5. Warren
6. Washington
7. Liberty (lost)
8. Telfair
9. Wright
10. Oglethorpe
11. Columbia
12. Greene
13. Elbert (lost)
14. Orleans
15. Chippewa
16. Crawford
17. Pulaski
18. Madison
19. Lafayette
20. Troup
21. Chatham
22. Monterey
23. Calhoun
24. Whitefield

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The 24 Squares of Savannah At the time of its founding in 1733, Savannah was the first North American city planned around public squares. General Oglethorpe's grand design for his new capital called for four squares to serve 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.
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11 Comments

  • Liz

    Where is that mosaic in the top photo? I’m a tour guide, and have lived here for almost two years and have never seen it!

    February 28, 2012 at 10:35 pm
    • Mike

      If memory serves, it’s in Johnson Square…

      February 28, 2012 at 11:39 pm
  • Linda Dougherty

    Coming to Savannah the end of July with my father, a WW Two vet, to the Air Force Reunion. Taking into consideration I will be traveling with my 87 year old father who is in good health and gets around well but I do need to slow down for him. We have one day before and two after the convention, what are the your top suggestions of must see.  Will have a car, plan to take a drive thru the cemetery.  Any suggestions will be appreciated and helpful. Thanks much.  

    June 16, 2013 at 11:09 pm
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