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Armstrong Junior College

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, February 2008
1. Armstrong Junior College Marker
Inscription. Armstrong Junior College was founded on this site May 27, 1935 by the City of Savannah under the guidance of Mayor Thomas Gamble. The college was named for George Ferguson Armstrong (1868-1924), a native of Guyton, Georgia, who had this house constructed as his residence. Armstrong was nationally recognized for his maritime ingenuity at Strachan Shipping Company. He held membership in the Cotton Exchange and the Oglethorpe Club. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and was respected for his civic dedication and philanthropy. To honor him, Lucy Camp Armstrong Moitz and her daughter Lucy Armstrong Johnson gave Armstrong House to the City of Savannah.

This granite and glazed-brick, Italian Renaissance mansion was designed by architect Henrik Wallin and built between 1916-1919. Olaf Otto was the general contractor. Classes began in September 1935 with 175 students in what “The Atlanta Constitution” called “the finest and most costly junior college in the United States.”

In 1959 Armstrong College became a part of the University System of Georgia and was designated a four year institution in 1964. Two years later Armstrong State College moved to a new campus in Southside Savannah. Historic Savannah Foundation preserved the property. The mansion was acquired in 1970 by members of the Law
Armstrong Junior College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2013
2. Armstrong Junior College Marker
firm of Bouhan, Williams & Levy.
 
Erected by City of Savannah Georgia.
 
Location. 32° 4.226′ N, 81° 5.714′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Bull Street near Gaston Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 447 Bull Street, Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Former Home of Henry R. Jackson (a few steps from this marker); Savannah's Marine Corps Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgia Historical Society (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Comer House (about 400 feet away); Casimir Pulaski (about 400 feet away); Pulaski Monument (about 400 feet away); Congregation Mickve Israel (about 500 feet away); Warren A. Candler Hospital (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
Categories. Education
 
Armstrong House image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
3. Armstrong House
Armstrong Mansion on Bull St. Savannah image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
4. Armstrong Mansion on Bull St. Savannah
 
 
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