Savannah Italianate House

Savannah Italianate House with a Second Empire Tower. This beautiful brick 1886 Italianate style house was built for William N. Holt and overlooks Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia.

Holt (1841-1886) was born in North Carolina. During the Civil War, he served in the 55th North Carolina Regiment and was seriously wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg. He arrived in Savannah in 1877 and he ran a brokerage business for several years; he later established the firm of Ellis, Holt, and Company. He died of malaria at the age of 45.

The house has many of the typical features of the Italianate style, including arched window and door openings, a bracketed cornice, porches with square columns and turned classical balusters, and a bay window topped by a shallow pediment. The tower, however, features a Mansard roof, the defining feature of the Second Empire style.

Many houses have features from more than one style. Usually, one style is predominant in the composition, as seen here.

Italianate and Second Empire are two of 25 styles and types illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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© Scott T. Hanson 2023

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