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The Marshall House

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 26 March 2020 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

During the railroad boom of the 1840's and 1850's, Savannah doubled in size and population. Seeing a real need for accommodations and housing, business woman Mary Marshall developed several properties in Savannah, most notably the iconic Marshall House hotel in 1851. Mary Marshall and her estate leased and collected rents from The Marshall House until 1914.

The hotel’s colorful history spans 167 years, and includes roles as a hospital during the Yellow Fever Epidemics in the mid-1800's, and as a Union hospital during the final months of the Civil War. How ironic that hotels in Chicago are now converting their empty rooms into rooms for COVID-19 patients.

The Marshall House was also home to Joel Chandler Harris, author of the famous Uncle Remus Stories during the Reconstruction Period. For economic and structural reasons, The Marshall House was closed in 1957. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors were abandoned, but the ground floor was maintained for various shopkeepers and stores until 1998.

In 1999, The Marshall House was extensively restored, and once again became a Savannah fixture. Great efforts were taken to ensure the hallmarks of the historic hotel were preserved or recreated, including the Philadelphia Pressed Brick on the façade and the Savannah Grey Brick throughout, original staircases (some of the spindles and accents have been recreated), original wood floors, fireplaces, brick walls, the doors to each guest room, and several clawfoot tubs dating back to 1880. The veranda and gas lights were reproduced in the likeness of the original features. The Courtyard Atrium was encased with a glass ceiling to give a sense of the area’s previous use as a courtyard. Artifacts found during the restoration are encased in display cabinets on the second and third floor.

Photo captured October 8, 2019.

NIKON D7000 1/350 second F/3.5 ISO 250 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Martine Girard from Brest, France

Quel beau bâtiment, j'aime beaucoup.

26 Mar 2020 5:21am

By Marie from Entre By Marie et Montagnes, France

Beautiful hôtel and architecture. Nice composition too.

26 Mar 2020 5:32am

Anne from France

Très belle façade

26 Mar 2020 6:17am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

The house has a wonderful history. The great thing is that it was saved.

26 Mar 2020 6:42am

claudine/canelle from lorient, France

Magnifique façade !!!

26 Mar 2020 6:59am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Magnifique restauration

26 Mar 2020 7:13am

yoshimiparis from France

I just elected with great interest (and with the help of a translator) your explanation

First, I find the facade of this old hotel really impressive
But I didn't quite understand; since its restoration in 199 that it has become again. A hotel or museum?

ps: could you please give the google map link of the building location? I would like to go for a walk on the streets thousands and thousands of miles from home. Thank you

26 Mar 2020 7:56am

@yoshimiparis: It is both a hotel and a museum. The museum "items" are on the second and third floors in display cases.
Google Map location

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantatique façade et perspective ces volets verts ces tons superbe
Belle journée

26 Mar 2020 8:50am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Surprenante cette façade, et très originale, j'aime bien.
Bonne journée Steven

26 Mar 2020 9:27am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Gorgeous architectural shot. Fantastic color and texture here.

26 Mar 2020 9:36am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

superbe cette texture de la façade

26 Mar 2020 9:41am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

How nice that here it seems the very opposite to the tear down culture of the west coast. Beautiful building and I love the wrought Iron arcade with the balconies above

26 Mar 2020 9:45am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

This is a magnificent image of this very impressive building. 5*

26 Mar 2020 10:46am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

very beautiful house

26 Mar 2020 10:59am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A superb photo of this impressiv building !

26 Mar 2020 11:23am

Don from Spokane, United States

A great looking buiding and history to go with it.

26 Mar 2020 12:28pm

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Top outlighted picture. Well done and nice!

26 Mar 2020 2:48pm

Devi from Chennai, India

wonderful image!! And interesting history too:)

26 Mar 2020 2:48pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Certainly a grand point of view. How wonderful they are using it for hospitals now.

26 Mar 2020 2:58pm

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Un fameux bâtiment

26 Mar 2020 4:50pm

Rose from United States

I am going to google this soon as I leave this comment...see if I can see some inside shots. It sure has a history!

26 Mar 2020 5:24pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique perspective de ce joli bâtiment.
Quelle façade superbe.

26 Mar 2020 5:48pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful place with a history. I love the green shutters.

26 Mar 2020 6:24pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, colors & lights!

26 Mar 2020 6:36pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful old place. It's good that it was preserved and restored.

26 Mar 2020 8:29pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

solid and handsome - this fine old building deserves all the attention it has been given

27 Mar 2020 12:22am

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Un lieu chargé d'histoires.
Merci pour les informations jointes à cette image très lumineuse.

27 Mar 2020 2:54am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Isn't all that green lovely!

27 Mar 2020 3:27am

Ginnie Hart from Netherlands

This has a New Orleans feel to it, Steven. Not sure I saw this building while there?

27 Mar 2020 6:04am

willy from Belgium

converting their empty rooms into rooms for COVID-19 patients....

triste Steven

belle architecture de cette bâtisse


27 Mar 2020 9:53am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Fine to see and trad over this historic building

27 Mar 2020 11:12am

fereshteh. from Iran

So beautiful house .

27 Mar 2020 11:35am

Maryse from bordeaux, France

Superbe bâtisse qui a une longue et belle histoire !
Bonne fin de journée

27 Mar 2020 2:55pm

Jean-Louis Guianvarc'h from Valence d'Albigeois, France

Une façade d'une beauté fascinante!

27 Mar 2020 3:56pm

Remus from Portugal

In times of crisis, everything changes and adapts.
It's a beautiful building, with colors that cause visual impact.

27 Mar 2020 3:58pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A magnificent building with a lot of history. I am glad that it was preserved.

27 Mar 2020 6:35pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Tout en longueur superbe

28 Mar 2020 12:38pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Magnifique restauration !

29 Mar 2020 2:37pm

yoshimiparis from France

thank you for google map

30 Mar 2020 6:43am

Nadine from Le Sud......, France

très beau batiment avec les structures en fer pour les balcons….très original

30 Mar 2020 3:28pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

it seems very Parisian

31 Mar 2020 12:01am