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The Oliver Sturges House

 
 
<b> The Oliver Sturges House</b> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
1. The Oliver Sturges House Marker
National Register of Historic Places: Sturges, Oliver, House *** (added 1971 - - #71000271)
27 Abercorn St. , Savannah
♦ Historic Significance: Event, Achitecture/Engineering Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown
♦ Architectural Style: No Style Listed
♦ Area of Significance: Transportation, Architecture
♦ Period of Significance: 1800-1824
Inscription. This house, built in 1813 by Oliver Sturges, successful Savannah merchant, occupies the site of the parsonage of John Wesley, minister of the Church of England in Georgia 1736-37 and founder of Methodism.

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.
Sturges House image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
2. Sturges House
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 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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The Oliver Sturges House Marker, seen lower right image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. The Oliver Sturges House Marker, seen lower right
marker in the order shown.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Oliver Sturges House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. The Oliver Sturges House Marker
The Oliver Sturges House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 10, 2013
5. The Oliver Sturges House Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,119 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3, 4. submitted on November 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on March 10, 2013, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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