The Victorian District’s Outstanding Post-Civil War Architecture
The Victorian District is Savannah’s first suburb. Similar to the neighborhood of Gordonston, was developed in large part due to the expansion of street railways in Savannah. Though the land was once a parade ground, its development saw the construction of sturdy wood frame houses with whimsical details and quaint front gardens. The Victorian District is a 50-block area that is bordered by Martin Luther King Boulevard, East Broad Street, Gwinnett Street and Anderson Street.
Today this area is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. The historic houses here are often sought out by those looking for opportunities in property restoration.
The Victorian District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (since 1974) and features some of the most outstanding examples of post-Civil War architecture in the Deep South. True to its name, most of the homes in this neighborhood are Victorian in style, being 2-story, wood frame houses with gingerbread trim and stained-glass windows. Many of these homes were built between 1870 and 1910, and are built from both wood and brick in a variety of sizes. Many of these houses feature porches, either in front or in back, or both, and some have small courtyards. Those who are looking for a renovation project or a fixer-upper can usually find what they are looking for in the Victorian District, as there are several homes in this area that have real potential and just need a little sprucing up.
Those who live in the Victorian District will find Downtown Savannah to be easily accessible, especially by bicycle or on foot. The Victorian District also has its share of shops, restaurants and diversions. Forsyth Park is within the streets that make up this neighborhood, which means that residents of the Victorian District are close to the Forsyth Farmers’ Market, which is held every Saturday in Forsyth Park.
Because of the variety of sizes and styles of homes that are available in the Victorian District, this neighborhood is easily one of the most eclectic in Savannah, as it is populated by a mix of students, young professionals, new families, and older native Savannahians. Some of the homes in this neighborhood have been converted into apartments, while other homes are freestanding and have their own yards. The lack of uniformity of the houses in this neighborhood, coupled with the natural beauty of the moss-laden oaks and brilliant azaleas that populate the Victorian District, make is a not just a beautiful place to explore, but also to live.
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