Green - Meldrim House

The Green-Meldrim house was designed and built by John Norris for Charles Green in the early 1850s. In the soon to follow War Between the States, the house was occupied by Union General William T. Sherman after his march to the sea. This was when Sherman sent his telegram to President Lincoln in December, 1864 saying, "I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah..." The house, one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the South, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976 and is now used as the parish house of St. John's Episcopal Church.

It has been said that wealthy cotton merchant Green had this mansion built so that he could show off to the city of Savannah just how rich he was. It was designed by the famous architect, John Norris. After the city of Savannah had surrendered, Green offered his house to Sherman saying that he wished to spare Savannah's women from having a Yankee stay in their homes. Probably he hoped that Sherman would spare his cotton which unfortunately was not the case. Today, St. John's Episcopal Church and the historic mansion are separated by a courtyard with a pond and a fountain.

Location:
14 W. Macon St.


Phone:
(912) 233 - 3845