Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Oliver Sturges House
Mr. Sturges was a two-fifths owner of the Steam Ship Savannah, first steamship ever built and first to cross the Atlantic. The Savannah's historic voyage was planned in the Sturges House, which was one of a pair of brick Federal- style residences located on Trust Lot T, Reynolds Ward. Mr. Sturges' partner, Benjamin Burroughs, lived in the other residence, where the John Wesley Hotel is presently located.
Morris Newspaper Corporation, owner and operator of newspapers throughout the United States, purchased the Sturges House from Historic Savannah Foundation in 1971 for conversion into corporate headquarters. The careful restoration of the house was completed in 1973.
The Oliver Sturges House has been entered on the National Register of Historic Places.
Location. 32° 4.771′ N, 81° 5.401′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from Abercorn Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in Reynolds Square. Marker is at or near this postal address: 27 Abercorn Street, Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. John Wesley (within shouting distance of this marker); Savannah: Colonial Capital and Birthplace of (within shouting distance of this marker); The Public Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lucas Theatre (about 300 feet away); Christ Church Parish House (about 300 feet away); Christ Church (about 300 feet away); Italians in Georgia's Genesis (about 400 feet away); Site Of Filature (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Regarding The Oliver Sturges House. Three-story brick house with a semi-raised basement built on a stone foundation, featuring a stoop with portico supported by two slender Doric columns on stone piers. The roof is slate and the entrance to the basement is enclosed by an iron railing. The octagonal room in the rear overlooking the garden was originally the finest room in the house. Built by Foreman, the house was later owned by Winns and later bought by Hiram Roberts. The third floor was added in 1835. For more information see Linley, John. The Georgia Catalog: Historic American Buildings Survey. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, c1982, p. 339.
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