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15 Minutes Away on Foot: Lounge in Chatham Square

April 25, 2011

This week, we highlight Chatham Square, another one of Savannah’s youngest squares, constructed in 1847 and named for William Pitt, the 1st Earl of Chatham, an early supporter of the Georgia Colony.

The lush plantings of Chatham Square. Photo by For91Days.com

Chatham Square is most noted for being a primarily residential square – no shops, restaurants, museums, or churches are found around this square. The lack of hectic activity makes Chatham Square the perfect place for a quiet romantic picnic or the place to spread out on a blanket and read a book on the lush grass. The square is anchored by Pepe Hall, home to SCAD’s Fibers Department.

SCAD's Pepe Hall, home to the Fibers Department. Photo by For91Days.com

Pepe Hall was historically known as the Barnard Street School. It was constructed in 1906, using the same floor plan employed by Gottfrid L. Norrman in the construction of Anderson Street School (located at East Anderson Street between Habersham and Price Streets). The 20,759-square-foot Mediterranean Revival style building has a battered brick basement and a central tapering bell tower above the entrance portico. Pepe Hall is home to the fibers department and features dye, sewing, weaving, screen-printing, digital textile and wet labs, among others. Fibers includes not only the textile arts – weaving, fabric design, screen printing, surface design and embellishment – but also sculptural and environmental art.
Getting to Chatham Square from the Catherine Ward House Inn by foot is very easy. From door to door, it takes about 11 – 13 minutes to walk between the two.
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