Green-Meldrim House, Savannah

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The Green–Meldrim House is a historic house at 14 West Macon Street, on the northwest corner of Madison Square in Savannah, Georgia. Built in the 1850s, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1976 as one of the American South's finest and most lavish examples of Gothic Revival architecture. The house is owned by the adjacent St. John's Episcopal Church, which offers tours and uses it as a meeting and reception space.DescriptionThe Green–Meldrim House is located on the west side of Madison Square in central Savannah, at the southwest corner of West Harris and Bull Streets. West Macon Street, the house's address, is a spur street off Whitaker Street, which runs behind the property. The house's principal facade faces south, with a porch and garden facing the square. The house is among the best-known examples of the Gothic Revival style in the South, with a stuccoed brick exterior, cast-iron porch, oriel windows, and an imposing front cast-iron fence. The main entrance has an iron portico believed to be unique in the United States, with octagonal posts supported a pair of arches. A crenellated parapet rings the roof. The interior of the house, following a center-hall plan, retains original woodwork, plaster, and ironwork, the latter featuring a freestanding staircase.HistoryThe house was designed and built between 1853 and 1861 at a cost of $93,000 by the architect John Norris. The property's first owner was Charles Green, a wealthy cotton merchant and grandfather of the writer Julien Green.
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  • One of the South's Best Examples of Gothic Revival Architecture!! Yes, this it the nerdiest review title I've ever used but it's 100% true. This is a beautiful nod to the gothic revival period and a s...  more »
  • The Green-Meldrim is significant because it was General Sherman's headquarters as he took a break in his infamous "March to the Sea" during the Civil War. I won't offer any opinions on General Sherman...  more »
  • The Green-Meldrim House is a National Historic Landmark. It is presently owned by St. John's Church. The tour guide was very informative and the house has some original pieces inside. It's very intere...  more »
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  • Nov 15, 2017: Looks great from the outside. Wish they would have posted online that they were closed to tourists today. Nov 16, 2017: we came back to tour the house today. Arrived at 3:32 and the door was locked. Someone heard us trying to open the door and answered. On old woman with short grey hair answered and said they close at 3:30. I asked if we could still join the tour since we were just a couple of minutes late. She said no because there was nobody else on the tour. The last tour is supposed to be at 3:30PM.
  • The Green-Meldrim House has recently acquired much of the original furnishings from the time of the first owner, Charles Green. It is fascinating to see the objects used by the family in the 1850s and by General Sherman during the Civil War, when the house was used as the Union general's personal headquarters. Even the original china and silver is on display. The interior is truly magnificent, with rich decorative detail. Definitely a "must-see" in Savannah.
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