It was in 1733 that Gen. James Oglethorpe laid out the city that would become Savannah.
Oglethorpe’s city plan was unique. It featured a repeating pattern of squares that were surrounded by houses and public buildings.
Oglethorpe’s plan has been preserved in the city’s Historic District. Savannah’s squares enchant locals and visitors alike.
“Savannah Square by Square” is a coffee table book with more than 300 color photographs and pen and ink drawings of the 22 existing squares, two lost squares, Colonial Park Cemetery and Forsyth Park.
There is a fully researched overview of each square and its landmarks, when each was created and for whom or what it was named. It is estimated more than 12 million people visit Savannah each year to stroll through the squares.
The book is published by Historic Savannah Foundation, which will host a book signing from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Marshall House, 123 E. Broughton St. Proceeds will benefit Historic Savannah Foundation’s Davenport House Museum.
At 6 p.m., author Michael Jordan will present a short history of the squares. He will sign books afterward with illustrator Mick McCay and photographers Les Wilkes, Connie McCay and Phil Hodgkins.
Full-color prints of selected photographs and drawings from the book will be available for sale. Light refreshments will be served, and the bar at 45 Bistro inside the Marshall House will be open.
All sales of books and images benefit the circa-1820 Isaiah Davenport House Museum, and everyone who purchases a book will be offered a buy one, get one free ticket for a tour of the Davenport House.
Since its first publication by Historic Savannah Foundation in December 2015, more than 3,500 copies of “Savannah Square by Square” have been purchased. The third printing has just arrived, and potential buyers are urged to buy copies now before the holiday rush is over.
The Historic Savannah Foundation is a nonprofit historic preservation organization established in 1955 to save the Isaiah Davenport House from demolition.
From this initial project, Historic Savannah Foundation launched a revolving fund which has since saved more than 360 buildings. The mission of Historic Savannah Foundation is to preserve and protect Savannah’s heritage through advocacy, education and community involvement.