Saturday, November 30, 2013

Rock 'n Savannah, Pt. 5

Feeling a little more recovered on Sunday morning from the race, I took some time in the morning to wander around and just shoot off the cuff. This is my favorite thing to do, wandering without any agenda, noticing and capturing images along the way. First, there was breakfast at 700 Drayton (it's always about the food!) before checking out of the Mansion on Forsyth Hotel.

I figured I'd better be somewhat healthy on at least one meal of the day, so I ordered a smoothie...

and some steel cut oatmeal. It was tasty, even if it wasn't as exciting as pancakes and bacon!

On my impromptu photo tour of Savannah, first up was Forsyth Park, where I shot a few panoramas of the fountain and the main promenade.

The fountain statuary seems more appropriate in black and white.

Just up the block from Forsyth Park is Monterey Square, the location of the infamous Mercer House, where antiques dealer Jim Williams (played by Kevin Spacey in "Midnight in Garden of Good & Evil") shot his young assistant in self defense. It took 4 trials to reach that verdict.

A panorama view of the front:

and the carriage house in back, which is now the tour entrance and gift shop. Rest assured, Disneyland isn't the only place that pushes the merchandise.

SCAD's Pepe Hall, which is a difficult one to shoot with all of the utility wires right in front of it. I had to do a little creative panoramic shooting to get this one.

I had read about the Hampton Lillibridge house recently; supposedly it is one of the most haunted homes in Savannah. As the story goes, a sailor hanged himself in one of the bedrooms. Jim Williams (of Mercer House fame) bought the home in 1963 when it was located four blocks away from its current location. After he and his restoration crew experienced a number of paranormal occurences, Williams asked an Episcopal Bishop to perform an exorcism. Williams claimed that an empty crypt had been found on the lot.

There was a For Sale sign when I was there; only $2.4 million. Anyone interested? The current owners have had no ghostly experiences, and have become somewhat frustrated with the barrage of tours that claim otherwise. Maybe the spirits have found a new home. And yes, I might have pushed the processing just a bit much in order to achieve a spooky look.

All of this walking and shooting helped to do a number of my appetite, so we settled on The Public, a new favorite that I had discovered on my last trip in June.

Again, I attempted to make a somewhat healthy choice with lunch; whether it was or wasn't, I thoroughly enjoyed the pasta and andouille sausage. Just the right amount of spice!

After lunch, it was back to "work," as I continued to zoom in on cool little architectural details that I happily discovered along my walk.

Savannah is a huge hub for St. Patrick's Day festivities, so the headquarters that I stumbled upon came as no surprise.

The Harper Fowlkes house in Orleans Square is a beauty; I love the decayed (yet maintained) look of traditional southern decadence.

The birds were nesting on the weather vane.

The corner detail on the roof reminds me of the spine of an alien creature. I love stuff like this!

The Chatham Academy on Bull Street might not garner much notice, but if you are a few blocks away...

you can see what the wonderful sculptural relief at the top of the building.

I have no idea if the weathered look on this Bull Street building is real or faux; either way, I love it.

The Volunteer Guards Armory is quite an imposing structure, now repurposed by SCAD as an administrative building and gallery shop.

Wonderful wrought iron detailing.

This beautiful ghostly remnant of an advertisement for Taylor's Art Stores will hopefully last for a long time.

Chippewa Square is best known as the square that "Forrest Gump" (Tom Hanks) sat on a bench telling his life story.

A bronze statue of James Edward Oglethorpe stands at the center of the park.

Four lions guard the statue from below.

The Independent Presbyterian Church shows what a difference lighting can make when taking photos. Here it is at 4 different times of day.

The Lutheran Church on Wright Square was just letting out for Sunday service when I approached.

The minister and parishioners were very welcoming, allowing me to come in take photos as they cleared out for after services luncheon in the hall below. The statue of Jesus was also very welcoming.

Beautiful stained glass along each side of the church.

Two panoramas of the interior:

And that should do it for today.

See more Daveland Savannah photos on my Savannah web pages.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Rock 'n Savannah, Pt. 4

Broughton Street in Savannah, Georgia, was once a vibrant center of retail, restaurants, and hotes. Thankfully, the same can be said today. Even though some of the players have changed, the storefronts and feel of a thriving community have survived.

Levy Jewelers is on the corner of Bull & Broughton, having just moved from its previous location of 75 years, Drayton & Broughton.

The flags were out over Broughton in honor of Veterans Day.

This little gem of a coffee house, The Coffee Fox, apparently has an interesting history.

Old and new, living together; I love the idea of repurposing an old building rather than simply tearing it down..

A shot of the interior of The Coffee Fox:

The Marshall House on Broughton has the distinction of being the oldest hotel in Savannah, having been built in 1851. It also boasts a pretty darn good location, too.

My favorite area of Broughton Street is the one that has Leopold's Ice Cream Parlour and SCAD's Trustees Theater (formerly the Weis Theater which opened back in 1946):

Back to home base after walking around town and taking some photos, it was time for a few drinks at the Mansion on Forsyth's Bar, located above the 700 Drayton Restaurant.

The bar matched the rest of the hotel; a somewhat modern look with a few vintage upscale yet kitschy touches.

How about this colorful chandelier?

I especially liked these two paintings; not sure who the artist is.

They seem like something from the WPA era...mixed in with a psychedelic trip for good measure.

After drinks, it was time for the after-race celebratory dinner, meaning we had to hightale it up to Reynolds Square, where a statue of John Wesley (credited as the founder of the Methodist movement) resides.

and the Lucas Theatre. Unfortunately, we would be leaving just before Jim Brickman was to perform there.

The final destination was The Olde Pink House, seen in this aerial shot:

This restaurant is a must-dine for me every time I visit Savannah.

The warm interior...

The Colonial decor...

and the Fried Pork Chop.

It's no wonder I found myself running 8 miles only 2 days after the race.

See more Daveland Savannah photos on my Savannah web pages.