Just a word about Savannah's "Squares":
The "squares" (which are pocket parks) were central to the original plan of Savannah (circa 1730's) as devised by its founder James Oglethorpe. Intended to contain various civic buildings as
well as a church and personal residences - all built around a common area - they have evolved into some of the most beautiful urban greenspace in the country. Of the original 24 squares, 22 survive today (one - Ellis Square - was brought back
from the dead, having been bulldozed for a parking lot in the 1950's).
Today they provide shade, a place to gather and perhaps most importantly, they act as traffic barriers of a sort. While one can drive around the squares (traffic is one way)
motorists tend to avoid the squares and as a consequence the noise level is greatly reduced.
The blocks framing the squares are also some of the most expensive real estate in town and are home to various grand ante-bellum residences, townhouses
and high-end B&B's. In fact those lucky enough to live around Pulaski Square gather together in the square every Tuesday and toast their good fortune. Having spent considerable time in the square, I don't blame them.
While the squares
otherwise are highly refined and orderly, there is a rather quirky thread that runs through many of them. For example:
The Polish officer Casimir Pulaski (hero of the Revolutionary War's Battle of Savannah) is not buried, as one might think,
in "Pulaski Square". He's in Monterey Square (and there's some doubt about that).
The Founder of Savannah - James Oglethorpe? His statue (by Daniel Chester French - sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial) is in Chippewa Square, not
Orleans Square sounds as if it has some French connection, doesn't it? Well, it does (it memorializes Jackson's victory at New Orleans) but the central object of the square is its fountain, which was donated by a German philanthropic
So, is there some explanation for all this? Yes, there is - sort of. The squares, while all part of the original blueprint for Savannah as set out in the early 1700's, were not all constructed at the same time. The first
four were completed in 1733 and two more in 1736. The remaining 18 were finished at various intervals between the late 1700's and 1851.
No matter - they're still beautiful and perhaps Savannah's greatest treasure.