Thursday, February 16, 2017

The 82nd Annual Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens

The 82nd Annual Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens is coming soon. Beginning March 23, the Tour will open doors to some of Savannah's loveliest residences for four fabulous days when the gardens are expected to be in full flower.

Each day presents a new tour and special events. On Thursday, a self-guided walking tour explores the Victorian and Thomas Square Streetcar Historic Districts. As you stroll shaded, tree-lined streets, you'll be surrounded by 19th and early 20th century architecture styles including Carpenter “Box” style, High Victorian Queen Anne, Folk Victorian, Italianate, Neoclassical Revival, Colonial Revival, Beaux Arts, Prairie School, and Craftsman
Friday's walking tour features the Western Historic Landmark District including Madison, Monterey, Chatham Squares and beautiful Forsyth Park. The district was built during the height of the Cotton Era. Here you'll find some of Savannah’s notable mansions in many eclectic styles.

On Saturday, you'll explore the Eastern Historic Landmark. Built closest to the Savannah River, many structures date back to the mid-18th century. The northern part of this district includes Greek Revival and Federal style architecture. Further south you’ll enjoy beautifully restored 19th century homes with wrought iron, unique detailing and charming front stoops. Large and small houses, duplexes and rowhouses in a variety of styles include Romanesque, Victorian, Italianate and others.

Sunday's tour includes the Ardsley Park - Chatham Crescent District. Developed around 1910, the district is one of the first automobile subdivisions in America. Broad, shaded avenues, circular and crescent-shaped parks, a grand mall and eclectic architectural styles characterize the district.

All four days are packed with special events including seminars on gardening, historic preservation, antiques and design. Lunch will be served in some of Savannah's most famous restaurants, or catered by our best chefs.

Take time for Sunday worship in one of Savannah's grand downtown churches. I recommend Historic Christ ChurchAnglican (founded 1733) at 2020 Bull Street or Historic IndependentPresbyterian Church (founded 1755) at the corner of Bull and Oglethorpe Streets.

Christ Church Anglican also presents Compline - Saying Good Night to God (Gregorian Chant by Candle Light) from 9:00pm to 9:30pm. Compline is in the medieval monastic tradition, the last service of the day, invoking God's peace and protection for the night. Compline at Christ Church Anglican is customarily held on Sunday nights, but will also be presented on Friday night, March 24, so tour guests may enjoy this very special service.

For ticket information, visit The Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens web site.

Homes pictured in this article are not necessarily included in the Tour schedule.