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1887, William G. Preston. 225 E. Hall St.

This massive house celebrates the business success of Savannah native George Johnson Baldwin, a capitalist and civic leader. Graduated from MIT in 1877, Baldwin began as a chemist, but worked in many companies, especially Stone and Webster of Boston, Massachusetts, a firm of electrical engineers, financiers, and managers of street railway and public utilities companies. Although Baldwin led street railway and electric lighting companies in a number of cities (Savannah and Columbus, Georgia; Jacksonville, Key West, Pensacola, and Tampa, Florida; and Houston, Texas), he was always active in Savannah’s civic and philanthropic concerns. One’s wealth determined the scale and degree of ornamentation received; Baldwin brought Preston to Savannah from Boston and stamped the city with Richardsonian Romanesque hard-pressed red brick arches and Queen Anne-style terra-cotta ornament.

Writing Credits

Robin B. Williams with David Gobel, Patrick Haughey, Daves Rossell, and Karl Schuler


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Robin B. Williams with David Gobel, Patrick Haughey, Daves Rossell, and Karl Schuler, "House", [Savannah, Georgia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Savannah, Robin B. Williams. With David Gobel, Patrick Haughey, Daves Rossell, and Karl Schuler. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2016, 193-194.

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