Harper Fowlkes House
Savannah, Georgia, USA
- Architecture: Enter through the graceful portico and admire the curving staircase and elegant central hall with its marble floors and ornate original gasoliers.
- Design: Gaze up three stories through this fantastic elliptical opening designed by noted Georgia architect Charles Cluskey.
- Impressive collections: See the treasures that earned feisty final resident Alida Harper Fowlkes the well-earned reputation as the "first restorationist in town."
- Historic garden: Spy the grand red maple, grown from a seed taken from George Washington's Virginia estate, in the splendid John McEllen-designed garden.
About this Savannah, Georgia tour
Talk about eye-catching. As a youngster, Alida Harper passed this house regularly while riding the Barnard Street trolley car and vowed to one day make it hers. And so she did, purchasing the home at auction for $9,000 in 1939, likely dismissing the word "WOMAN" stamped atop her mortgage. Although women could vote, perhaps Alida's right to invest in real estate still had to be rubber-stamped.
Overlooking Orleans Square in Savannah's downtown historic district, the home's Greek Revival architecture wows with its magnificent columned portico, mansard roof, and symmetrical curving stairs. Alida, a restoration pioneer and one of Savannah's most important 20th-century figures, rescued the home from decay.
The lavish rooms showcase multiple art forms, each one rich in detail and warmth - an original mahogany clock, a Persian rug in the front double parlor, a Scottish Chippendale sofa, a Rococo bed each room a feast for the eyes. Check out the faux bois, the decorative false wood technique with Renaissance roots, recently discovered under four layers of wallpaper in the dining room.
Alida, a woman with foresight, willed the home to the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Georgia, a patriotic organization founded by George Washington's officers. After your tour, linger in the gorgeous courtyard garden, breathe in Savannah's history, and imagine yourself on a movie set.
Robert Redford slept here (well, almost)
When director Robert Redford was filming his 2010 movie, The Conspirator about Mary Surratt's alleged involvement in Abraham Lincoln's assassination he chose the Harper Fowlkes House to stand in for the Century Club, the place where Union soldiers and lawyers feasted and caroused. Apparently the house is uniquely tuned into the 16th president's vibe, as it also makes an appearance in Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies.
Please make your way to 230 Barnard St, Orleans Square, Savannah, Georgia, 31401.
Sorry, no strollers or interior photography permitted.This House is closed on Sundays and Tuesdays.
There is a minimal amount of walking involved but expect periods of prolonged standing. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Tickets, Cultural, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Children 12 years of age and younger participate free of charge.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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