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Savannah, Georgia: The Lasting Legacy of Colonial City Planning

[Photo] Fountain, Savannah Historic District.
(Georgia Tourism Division)


ew places in America possess the breadth of natural and designed scenic beauty, the magical and eerie charm, and the immediate presence of the past as the historic district of the city of Savannah, Georgia. Strolling through the old city's rigid, grid pattern streets, down its linear brick walkways, past over 1,100 residential and public buildings of unparalleled architectural richness and diversity, visitors and residents come to appreciate the original plan which has existed intact since Savannah's founding in 1733. Twenty-four tree-shaded, park-like open spaces called "squares" are the essence of the city. One of the few surviving colonial city plans in the United States, Savannah is a testament to the ingenuity of Georgia's founders.


About This Lesson

Getting Started: Inquiry Question

Setting the Stage: Historical Context

Locating the Site: Maps
 1. British & Spanish claims in the Southeast
 2. Portion of the southeast Atlantic coastline

Determining the Facts: Readings
 1. Establishing Savannah
 2. The City Plan and How It Was Built
 3. Good Intentions Don't Always Last

Visual Evidence: Images
 1. View of Savannah, 1734
 2. Detail from View of Savannah
 3. Savannah, 1800
 4. Savannah, 1818
 5. Panorama of Savannah, 1837

Putting It All Together: Activities
 1. Draw the City Plan of Savannah
 2. Then and Now in Your Town

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This lesson is based on Savannah Historic District, one of the thousands of historic districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The district has been designated a National Historic Landmark.



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