This is the Olde Pink House, a landmark Savannah restaurant on Reynolds square. Today there was a situation where shots were fired by Broughton and Bull near the Starbucks, then the gunman fled to the Olde Pink House. The gunman was holed up in there with a potential hostage situation until the SWAT team recently apprehended him. According to the Savannah police, no one was harmed taking the gunman into custody. For SCAD, classes were cancelled until 2pm to keep students out of the area, and the streets were closed off in the surrounding area to keep citizens away from the situation.
As far as the restaurant itself, it was used as the home of James Habersham Jr., who was a member of the Liberty Boys in the American Revolution, from 1771 to 1800. In 1811, it became the Planter’s Bank, which was the first bank in Georgia. The bank vaults are now used as wine cellars. During the Civil War, General York used the Olde Pink House as headquarters after Sherman presented Savannah to the president. Between the Civil War and 1992, the building changed hands many times, but was neglected for the most part. In 1992, the restoration of the building began.
Today, it is an upscale restaurant well known for its elegance. It’s also a popular spot with ghost hunters, who hear that the ghost of James Habersham Jr. still resides there, as he committed suicide there. Many employees and patrons have confirmed their sightings of his ghost. In addition, the Olde Pink House is indeed actually pink, which is evidently due to the original red brick bleeding out into the stucco.
From personal experience, I can say that the Olde Pink House is an excellent restaurant with a fascinating history, gunman notwithstanding, as our yearly SCAD student ambassador luncheons are held there. The food is fantastic and the service is top notch, and each room is decorated in a refined, old fashioned style for an elegant atmosphere.
SCAD’s Abercorn Terrace. The Terrace is a set of apartment style dorms that house either 2 or 3 students per dorm.
The Robert Kennedy Building was built in 1890 as Kennedy Pharmacy. It originally had residential apartments on the second floor above the pharmacy. Through the 1940’s it was a drug store. Between then and its acquisition in 1999 by the Davenport House Museum and the Historic Savannah Foundation it was a tax preparation office. SCAD’s Historic Preservation Department worked with the museum and the HSF to restore the building to working order, and it has recently reopened to serve as a host for HSF functions and other events. It’s located on Broughton Street, east of the Trustee’s Theater.
Some interior shots of the ground floor of SCAD’s student center. The student center was originally designed as a synagogue in 1909. From 1970 to 2002, it was used as an Episcopalian church. SCAD opened the building as the student center in 2006. The student center holds the offices for Student Involvement, Service Opportunities for Students, United Student Forum, Inter-Club Council, and the Student Activities Council. It is also the host to many school events such as the annual Halloween Masquerade Ball, lectures, and clubs.
Seafood market on Habersham.
Pars Oriental Rug shop on Abercorn near Victory.
House on Habersham with quite a bit of foliage!
House on Habersham near 37th!
The Massie Heritage Center on Calhoun square was originally Massie School. It opened in 1856 as Savannah’s first public school. During General Sherman’s occupation of Savannah, it was used as a hospital for soldiers. Afterwards, it was returned to its original purpose as a school, and in 1866, Georgia created a permanent Board of Education that included Massie School.
It remained a school until 1974, when it closed to students for good. In 1977, it opened as a museum for teaching architecture and history, which is what it is today. Currently though, it is undergoing renovations and the grand re-opening is set for April 27-29 (next weekend)! I was there yesterday as part of a plein air painting and sketching event, in which much of my action analysis class went to the courtyards and drew from a model who was there. There were quite a few people unrelated to our class event there either painting the gardens, touring the gardens and school (evidently the same day there was a Hidden Gardens of Savannah tour going on), and there were even a couple of buses with elementary school students who had come to draw the gardens.
This first drawing is of the entrance to the courtyard in the school, and the second page is sketches of the model (and one of the artists).