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Chatham County Board of Education (Chatham Academy)

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1901, 1908, Henry Urban. 208 Bull St.

The northeast tything of Brown Ward was never subdivided into house lots, but was instead set aside for the use of the Chatham Academy, a charity school dating back to 1788, when the site was still part of the common. The first academy was built here in 1813 (prior to the sale of lots in Brown Ward), together with the Pavilion Hotel on land granted them by the Union Society. Following the destruction of the old building by fire in 1899, the current Beaux-Arts classical structure was built in two parts. The grammar school was constructed in 1901, its bold triumphal arch entrance addressing Oglethorpe Avenue. The 1908 temple-fronted high school, facing Bull Street on axis with Oglethorpe Lane, is even grander in its decoration, with a carved stone pediment representing allegories of education.

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, "Chatham County Board of Education (Chatham Academy)", [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, 111-112.

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