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15 Minutes Away on Foot: Madison Square

July 4, 2011

This week, we highlight Madison Square, constructed in 1837 and named for the fourth President of the United States, James Madison. Like many of Savannah’s squares, the statue in the center of the square commemorates someone other than Madison – in this case, the statue, constructed in 1888, memorializes Sgt. William Jasper, a prominent soldier in the Siege of Savannah.

Madison Square also features vintage cannons from the Savannah Armory. The armory, located on the southeast corner of the square is now home to the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Poetter Hall – the school’s flagship building, currently used for ShopSCAD and the schools admissions department, classroom space for the Graphic Design program, and the May Poetter Gallery. Other properties of note on Madison Square include: St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Green-Meldrim House, the Sorrel-Weed House, and E. Shaver, Bookseller.

Getting to Madison Square from the Catherine Ward House Inn by foot is very easy. From door to door, it takes about 10-14 minutes to walk between the two.

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