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    A History of Savannah’s Most Famous Neighborhoods

    Savannah’s highly prized Ardsley Park-Chatham Crescent is a large intact residential neighborhood that was developed in 1910 as two adjacent planned subdivisions These two neighborhoods make up a community common with developmental history and character. Architectural styles include textbook and local interpretations of almost every revival and eclectic style that was popular in the early twentieth century. Predominantly one- and two-story structures, many of these single-family homes have free standing garages in the rear.

    Pre-Development

    In the early 20th Century most of the area between Anderson and Victory Drive (the area now know as the Thomas Square Streetcar District) had been developed, but everything south of this midtown Savannah section lay open land and farm pasture.

    On the western end of these tracts were remnants of Camp Onward – a series of tents and barracks which housed over 13,000 soldiers during the Spanish American War. The eastern end of the tracts were reviewing stands built for the prestigious 17 mile Vanderbilt Cup automobile races (1910, 1911) and th American Grand Prize race (1910).

     

    Ardsley Park

    Brothers Harry Hayes Lattimore and William Lattimore created the Ardsley Park Land Corporation in 1910 to serve as Savannah’s first automobile suburb. Using Oglethorpe’s grid design as inspiration, they initiatively adding lanes for access for city services. The neighborhood’s northern and western portions were marked with an impressive Belgian block wall, and key intersections boast Spanish styled pillars marking entrances into the neighborhood.

    Chatham Crescent

    Significantly larger than its predecessor Ardsley Park, the Chatham Crescent is a development created by Harvey Granger. Originally known as the Granger Tract, this neighborhood was highlighted as “The most unique and beautiful subdivision south of Washington” by the Chatham Hotel and Land Company. Created in the Beaux Arts design style, The Chatham Crescent is characterized by its sweeping crescent shape, circular parks named for city officials, a large center mall lined with palmettos, and punctuated by Tiedeman Park. The developers planted more than 5,000 trees, which form the tree canopies and shade Savannah has become famous for.

    If planning a future visit, or considering making Savannah your home, these two iconic and historic neighborhoods are a must see. You will enjoy a drive, but this Realtor highly recommends you consider taking it in via bicycle, or better yet, a leisure stroll with Feido.

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