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Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, August 30, 2009
1. Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences Marker
Inscription.
Open to the Public ~~~

Created under the Will of Miss Mary Telfair (c. 1789-1875), the Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences opened as the first public art museum in the Southeast with a preliminary private showing February 12, 1885.

After extensive remodeling and additions, with Detlef Lienau of New York as architect, the building was formally dedicated May 3, 1886. Among the prominent persons who attended the dedication were: Jefferson Davis and his daughter, Winnie Davis; Charles C. Jones, historian; General A.R. Lawton; General Henry R. Jackson; General G. Moxley Sorrel; Col. John Screven and Col. Charles Olmstead.

Carl L. Brandt, N.A., served as Telfair’s first Director, 1883-1905.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-38B.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 4.725′ N, 81° 5.698′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Barnard Street near President Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located opposite St. James Square. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
2. Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences Marker
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Telfair Academy (a few steps from this marker); Trinity Methodist Church (a few steps from this marker); Telfair Family Mansion (a few steps from this marker); Wesley Chapel Trinity / John Wesley's American Parish (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); John Wesley (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tondee's Tavern (about 600 feet away); Flame of Freedom / Relighting the Flame (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
Regarding Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences. Due to the popularity of the novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil by John Berendt, and movie, the Bird Girl Statue had to be removed from the Bonaventure Cemetery and can now be viewed at the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah.
Originally a family townhouse; became a free art museum in 1886
It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences Marker
Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences
The Museum National Register of Historic Places: image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
5. The Museum National Register of Historic Places:
Telfair Academy *** (added 1976 - - #76000612) Also known as Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences 121 Barnard Street ♦ Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering ♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: Brandt,Carl N., Jay,William ♦ Architectural Style: No Style Listed ♦ Area of Significance: Art, Architecture ♦ Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1800-1824 ♦ Owner: Private ♦ Historic Function: Recreation And Culture ♦ Historic Sub-function: Museum ♦ Current Function: Recreation And Culture ♦ Current Sub-function: Museum
The Bird Girl Statue from “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil” image. Click for full size.
6. The Bird Girl Statue from “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil”
Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences image. Click for more information.
Historic American Buildings Survey, 1936
7. Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences
Historic American Engineering Record HABS GA,26-SAV,21-1
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Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences Rembrandt Statue image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 30, 2009
8. Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences Rembrandt Statue
Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences Michelangelo Statue image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 30, 2009
9. Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences Michelangelo Statue
Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences Phidias Statue image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 30, 2009
10. Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences Phidias Statue
Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences Raphael Statue image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 30, 2009
11. Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences Raphael Statue
Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences Rubens Statue image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 30, 2009
12. Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences Rubens Statue
 
 
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