Architectural Design of an Orleans Square Home
Classic architectural design can be seen in this Savannah home, which is open for tours.
“Sitting opposite the Savannah Civic Center on the southeastern corner of Orleans Square is the Harper-Fowlkes House – one of Savannah’s remaining mid-19th century mansions- recalls the city’s antebellum days.” Tania June Sammons
Methods and Materials
This handsome Greek Revival mansion, built in 1842, is beautifully furnished with antiques, yet retains the feel of a real home. The house was constructed using Savannah grey brick stuccoed and scored to resemble large blocks of stone, this was a common practice in Savannah during the 19th century and thought to have been designed by Charles B. Cluskey.
The first and second floors are separated in elevation by a belt course of stone and the parapet detail was done in stone.
You will discover the first floor windows are six over nine with lower three lights shuttered separately. Look for the six window lights and panes, nine window lights/panes with six visible and three shuttered and separate shutters covering three window lights/panes.
Inside: Don’t miss the large double parlor with marble consoles and gilded mirrors at each end, original to the house. To the right is a sitting room and large dining room, warmed by the original faux bois, or graining detail, on the plaster walls.