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Savannah Historic District

Savannah, Georgia
County of Chatham.
Bounded by Savannah River, East/West Broad St., and Gwinnett Street
National Register Number: 66000277
Resource type: District.
Property type: Historic District: Architectural. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: GA-1 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Historic District.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - November 13, 1966):
The district retains much of James Oglethorpe's original city plan from 1733 of open-space squares surrounded by the rhythmic placement of streets and buildings. This plan was followed well into the 19th century and the district includes many buildings of architectural merit from that century.

The General Services Administration owns the U.S. Custom House and the Federal Building which contains a U.S. Court House in the Savannah Historic District. A proposed bus terminal within the historic district would have a severe impact on the town plan and the scale of surrounding historic buildings. The Cultural Resources Division of the National Park Service’s Southeast Regional Office completed draft additional documentation of the Savannah Historic District which was a major factor in determining the proposed Transit Center would be an adverse effect.

The NPS and the Georgia SHPO have responded to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) that the proposal to locate a new Transit Center within the historic district would be an adverse effect. As such the FHA has invoked 4f and told the City of Savannah to seek a "prudent and feasible alternative site." The best site is just outside the historic district in an area where Savannah has traditionally placed its transportation facilities.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
Once the revised NHL study developed by SERO is completed Savannah should be listed as in satisfactory condition.

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