Savannah’s 1898 Gingerbread House

Savannah’s Gingerbread House. The 1899 Asendorf House, known as the Gingerbread House, is one of Savannah’s most famous Victorian-era homes.

German immigrant Cord Asendorf (1858-1944) settled in Savannah in 1872 and became a U. S. citizen in 1879. He married Bernadine Hagen, also a German immigrant, in 1890. The Asendorfs bought this property on Bull Street in 1898, and Mr. Asendorf hired the Hawley Construction Company to build this house. The couple raised eight children here.

The design of the house combines a typical Italianate gabled form with an elaborate Queen Anne style double gallery that is mimicked on a side balcony. The galleries, with their exceptional “gingerbread” trim, set the house apart even in a city full of great houses.

Italianate and Queen Anne are two of the 25 styles and types described and 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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