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Armstrong House

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 5 February 2020 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Armstrong House is a nationally significant example of Italian Renaissance Revival architectural style located in the Savannah Historic District. The structure was built between 1917 and 1919 for the home of Savannah magnate George Ferguson Armstrong (1868–1924). It was owned by the Armstrong family from 1919 to 1935. Afterward, the structure and grounds served as the campus of Armstrong Junior College. Threatened with demolition, the Historic Savannah Foundation purchased the Armstrong House along with five other threatened historic buildings from the College for $235,000 in 1967. Once saved, Historic Savannah Foundation then sold the House at the exact purchase price to preservationist and antique dealer Jim Williams who restored it as his home. Eventually, both were sold to a major Savannah law firm as offices. Six city lots were acquired to build the Armstrong mansion, and two existing houses were demolished to make room for the 26,000 square foot structure. The entire site, including carriage house and grounds, is 0.5 acres.

The Armstrong House setting has appeared frequently in popular culture. The house was used as the school of the daughter of the protagonist in Cape Fear, the 1962 psychological thriller starring Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck, Martin Balsam, and Polly Bergen. The house also appeared as the real-life law office of attorney Sonny Seiler in the film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a 1997 American crime drama film based on novel by John Berendt and directed by Clint Eastwood.

Photo captured October 8, 2019.

NIKON D7000 1/180 second F/6.7 ISO 200 37 mm (35mm equiv.)

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By Marie from Entre By Marie et Montagnes, France

What magnificent house! I love this style of architecture and your note very interesting

5 Feb 2020 5:20am

Devi from Chennai, India

What a lovely image here ! Great details..beautiful framing :))
Thank you for the history :))

5 Feb 2020 5:25am

Ginnie Hart from Netherlands

I sure am loving to see everything through your eyes, Steven, much of which I did not see while there a few years back.

5 Feb 2020 6:02am

Sudipto Sarkar from Hyderabad, India

And that's why it felt so familiar... Lovely capture, Steven... :)

5 Feb 2020 6:07am

Martine Girard from Brest, France

Très jolie, on ne fait plus de telles maisons.

5 Feb 2020 6:25am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

That house has great history. It is fine that you told it to us. Great house.

5 Feb 2020 6:30am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Magnifique cette construction ..et son histoire bien interessante !

5 Feb 2020 7:34am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Interesting history of this wonderful building.

5 Feb 2020 7:40am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

This is a beautiful building, very chic and the light is spectacular!

5 Feb 2020 7:42am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Une bâtisse imposante

5 Feb 2020 8:04am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Une très très belle bâtisse, et il aurait été vraiment dommage de la détruire.
Bonne journée Steven

5 Feb 2020 8:22am

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

A imposant and fantastic architecture .
Great picture from this house .

5 Feb 2020 8:23am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Comme un plais quelle architecture blanche et ce arbres qui l'entoure superbe
Belle journée

5 Feb 2020 9:15am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

What is this a beautiful and imposant building

5 Feb 2020 9:23am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bien ces sens

5 Feb 2020 9:28am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

beautiful building

5 Feb 2020 9:33am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

elegant architecture beautifully captured and documented

5 Feb 2020 10:21am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Un très beau bâtiment !

5 Feb 2020 10:59am

Rose from United States

It is a handsome, huge place.

5 Feb 2020 11:30am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful composition !

5 Feb 2020 11:42am

London Caller from United Kingdom

Is it possible to see what's inside this grand building any time of the year?

5 Feb 2020 12:27pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Interesting history. Beautiful angle for this image.

5 Feb 2020 2:48pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A notable building and an interesting history.

5 Feb 2020 2:56pm

yoshimiparis from France

What a great story for this building, magnificent architecture

5 Feb 2020 4:00pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

an absolutely gorgeous structure and you've photographed it beautifully

5 Feb 2020 4:13pm

JPA from Paris, France

belle mise en valeur de ce superbe batiment!! amts

5 Feb 2020 5:19pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique sous cet angle aussi.

5 Feb 2020 7:22pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful house with a lot of history.

5 Feb 2020 9:24pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Lovely house.

5 Feb 2020 9:33pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

another nice view of this distinguished architecture. I find it surprising that you separated the two views of the same place.

6 Feb 2020 2:02am

@Harry: In the first view, I wanted to highlight the wrought iron fencing that surrounds the House, which is modeled after the same fencing that surrounds Buckingham Palace in London, England.

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is a huge house. I cannot imagine how many bedrooms it must have. The architecture is beautiful. It has been nicely preserved.

6 Feb 2020 2:02am

Sam from Chennai, India

Magnificent building and beautiful architecture. Excellent composition. Thank you for the very interesting and detailed information.

7 Feb 2020 6:10pm

Remus from Portugal

The classic style is always beautiful. It's timeless.
A great image!

7 Feb 2020 7:03pm

fereshteh. from Iran

A beautiful postcard

8 Feb 2020 5:35pm

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Un très bel immeuble à l'architecture très réussie et qui à déjà, tout un passé.

10 Feb 2020 7:33am