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Davenport House

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 23 March 2020 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Isaiah Davenport house, built in 1820, is a historic home in Savannah, Georgia. It has been operated as a historic house museum by the Historic Savannah Foundation since 1963. The house is located at 324 East State Street, on the northwest corner of Columbia Square.

The 1820 Federal-style dwelling was built by upwardly mobile artisan Isaiah Davenport and his crew for his growing household, which included his wife, ten children, and nine slaves. It was his family home until his death in 1827 when his wife, Sarah Clark Davenport, converted it into a boarding house. She lived in the residence on Columbia Square until 1840 when she sold it to the Baynard family of South Carolina. The house remained in their hands for the next 109 years.

As time passed, the once stately home in a fashionable neighborhood became a rundown rooming house in a seedy part of town. Even in an advanced state of neglect, New Deal surveyors recognized the architectural significance of the home when they identified and measured it for the Historic American Buildings Survey in the 1930's. Threatened with demolition in 1955, a group of community-spirited citizens joined forces to purchase the Davenport House. This was the first act of the Historic Savannah Foundation, which has gone on to save hundreds buildings in the historic city through its renowned revolving loan fund and other historic preservation activities. In 1955, the Davenport House became the office for Historic Savannah Foundation as well as a family services agency. In 1957, Savannah Landscape Architect Clermont Huger Lee prepared a period specific landscape plan and wall detail for the garden, later revised by others. Sensing the potential for a historic site, the first floor of the house was restored and opened to the public as a museum on March 9, 1963.

Years later the second and third floors were opened and Historic Savannah Foundation moved its offices to another building. Beginning in the mid-1980's, leaders of the museum began an effort to adhere to professional museum standards. In the mid-1990's, the museum began a re-restoration process, which resulted in a more authentic experience for museum visitors, including period wallpaper and period room furnishings which reflect the inventory taken at the time of Isaiah Davenport’s death in 1827.

Photo captured October 8, 2019.

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By Marie from Entre By Marie et Montagnes, France

Lovely and elegant house. Thank you so much by the interesting note.

23 Mar 2020 5:35am

Ginnie Hart from Netherlands

I remember taking a tour of these stately homes, Steven. Savannah is so rich in its history! I love how I'm seeing it all again through your eyes!

23 Mar 2020 6:12am

lisl from Bath, United Kingdom

It fascinates me to see a fine house of this era in brick. Where I live, most of the houses of this date are built of stone

23 Mar 2020 6:14am

claudine/canelle from lorient, France

Une architecture vraiment très belle !

23 Mar 2020 6:36am

Aalaïs from France

Bonjour Steven merci de votre visite. J'aime beaucoup cette maison aux lignes pures et nettes, intrigante aussi un peu comme une maison de contes de fées , ou une maison de poupées. L'homme va-t-il emprunter l'escalier pour porter les croissants à sa femme? Que lisez-vous,?moi je viens de commencer un livre de Susan Orlean qui enquête sur l'incendie de la bibliothèque de Los Angeles en 1986. Amitiés, prenez soin de vous

23 Mar 2020 7:36am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

intéressante façade

23 Mar 2020 9:19am

jean pierre from Paris, France

belle maison!! amts

23 Mar 2020 9:48am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Looks so well restored it could have been built yesterday. Nicely captured

23 Mar 2020 9:58am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A fine building Steven. There are a few houses like this in the old part of Bristol in the U.K.

23 Mar 2020 10:17am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

What a beautiful stately home this is.
You are good at architectural photography

23 Mar 2020 10:24am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Pleasent looking building.

23 Mar 2020 10:29am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Solid house

23 Mar 2020 12:02pm

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Un peu cubique mais une belle bâtisse.
J'aime l'accès avec ce double escalier
Bonne journée Steven

23 Mar 2020 12:05pm

omar from Hamburg, Germany

The bricks are similar to the materials in North Germany. Nice building!

23 Mar 2020 12:15pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

good looking

23 Mar 2020 1:16pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle édifice double escalier végétation dan le cadrage rendu ocre sur la façade fantastique
Belle soirée

23 Mar 2020 3:25pm

willy from Belgium

une belle bâtisse Steven

content on a pu sauver cette belle maison et qu'on a trouvé une belle réaffectation

greetings

23 Mar 2020 3:26pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Interesting house

23 Mar 2020 3:52pm

Rose from United States

It sure is a stately home...I enjoy reading the information you give about these places.

23 Mar 2020 4:05pm

Captain Creation from Saint Nazaire. Pays de la Loire., France

Cette maison en brique rouge est en parfait état et vraiment superbe.

23 Mar 2020 4:27pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A very grand looking place.

23 Mar 2020 4:59pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Merveilleuse maison . Toujours agrémenté de bonnes explication.

23 Mar 2020 5:41pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful frame, colors, lights & textures!
Lovely!

23 Mar 2020 5:47pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful old house with that long history. An excellent image.

23 Mar 2020 10:41pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

the double staircase is an elegant feature; it looks like it is about to receive a delivery

23 Mar 2020 11:53pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Lovely historic home. Interesting info.

24 Mar 2020 1:31am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A lovely home with quite a history. I am really glad that it was saved and renovated.

24 Mar 2020 1:36am

Martine Girard from Brest, France

Jolie maison, j'aime l'entrée avec les deux escaliers.

24 Mar 2020 1:48am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

I really love this house... when we were there, it was all decked out for Thanksgiving! Lovely!

24 Mar 2020 3:43am

Remus from Portugal

The house has a lofty entrance. Only those who have good knees and legs enter it.
:-)
I love the brick houses.

24 Mar 2020 4:27pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

i love the architectural style

25 Mar 2020 7:32pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I imagine the stories those walls must hold.

26 Mar 2020 1:55am