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Property Name Kensington Park-Groveland Historic District
Reference Number 14000533
State Georgia
County Chatham
Town Savannah
Street Address Roughly bounded DeRenne and Waters avenues and Abercorn and Johnston Streets
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/30/2014
Areas of Significance Architecture, Community Planning and Development
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The Kensington Park-Groveland Historic District is significant at the local level under Criterion C in architecture for its good intact collection of residential types and styles, as identified in two statewide contexts: Georgia's Living Places: Historic Houses in Their Landscaped Settings and in The Ranch House in Georgia: Guidelines for Evaluation. Comprised of houses generally constructed between 1950 and 1968, Kensington Park and Groveland feature one of the best collections of mid-20th -century domestic architecture in Savannah, representing a variety of architectural styles and house types built in middle- to upper-middle-class neighborhoods in Savannah. Excellent examples of mid-century architectural styles include Colonial Revival and Contemporary-style houses. The house types represented are excellent examples of the Ranch house, the Split Level, the American Small House, and the mid-20th -century two-story house. These house types and styles predominated in Georgia during the middle of the 20th century. Most houses within the district are one story in height, are of balloon-frame construction, and feature a brick-veneer exterior. A distinctive common characteristic of many houses built in Kensington Park and Groveland is the use of Savannah Grey bricks as a premium veneer brick utilized by local contractors throughout Savannah in the construction of upscale housing during the late 1950s. Many houses feature 6/6 and 8/8 double-hung wood windows - especially those with Colonial Revival designs, although metal sash and casement windows are common for Ranch houses and Split-Level houses in the district, especially but not exclusively, for those designed in the Contemporary style or in no architectural style.

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