Downtown's lovely tree-lined streets are distinguished by an array of beautifully restored homes like this 1845 three-bedroom, three and a half bath home owned by well-known Savannah realtor Cora Bett Thomas.
The original entry of this historic 1930s hacienda had been obliterated by previous renovations and additions. Designers stripped it back but still wanted more original texture and character, so they sourced antique firebrick from Spain and used it in key areas to re-create the exposed original structure.
Welcoming residents and guests since the 16th century, this beautiful home has plenty of comforts for modern times too. With six bedrooms (several with bathrooms attached), a pool, extensive grounds and gardens and much of its original details, it's a historic treasure.
Walking onto this historic property in the United Kingdom is like stepping back in time (calling all Downton Abbey fans!). Netley Lodge, named after an 13th-century abbey originally supported by this farmhouse, the estate has been lovingly maintained for hundreds of years.
White walls warmed with wood floors create the canvas on which this living room is created. Dating from the mid-1800s, the home is filled with original architectural accents. The couple tailored their design to accentuate those details for a subtle and sophisticated design.
Part of the Savannah College of Art and Design's revitalization of downtown Savannah began with the school's founding in 1978 under the direction of president Paula Wallace (learn more about SCAD's history and Wallace's role in founding the arts college at SCADstory, the new interactive exhibition that debuted in spring 2019) has been reclaiming historic buildings. The meticulously restored 1888 Victorian mansion in the Queen Ann style Smithfield Cottage in downtown Savannah is a guest house for SCAD guests (Salma Hayek and Derek Lam have stopped in while in town), and is a billboard for SCAD's creative side. The home is filled with artwork by SCAD alums and Paula Wallace's designer husband and SCAD grad Glenn Wallace has integrated Asian elements and historic touches at Smithfield to create a sublime blend of the contemporary and the timeless in this beautiful home.
Housed in the former 1876 Peter Kern Bakery, Knoxville's Oliver Hotel located on downtown's Market Square is at the center of a bustling revitalized urban city center. Eventually converted to the Hotel St. Oliver, the hotel once played host to distinguished guests like movie star Patricia Neal. In 2011 Oliver Hospitality purchased the property and converted it to its present iteration, a stylish boutique hotel that maintains a connection to history.
This gorgeous historic home from the Arts and Crafts period shows the incredible influence of Japanese and Asian styling married to a traditional Craftsman style home. The home's unique personality is highlighted by its low pitched rooflines and overall pagoda style.
This historic colonial home was spruced up with details that are respectful to the home's heritage while still giving it an updated quality. Inside, the same story is told through a classic, yet modern design that includes an open concept first floor as well as plenty of natural light and functional, stylish spaces.
Completed in 1930, the Leland Bryant-designed Colonial House is among the last of early Hollywood’s most glamorous and exclusive revival style condominiums, and remains a coveted refuge for the industry’s elite. Golden Age tenants included the likes of Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and Cary Grant. The penthouse's exterior is protected by the National Register of Historic Places and remains unchanged since it was built.