Amazing opportunity in Beach Institute! This multi-family property is currently set up as two units but could easily be converted back into a quadplex (4 kitchens still there) or subdivided into two single family homes. So you’ve got options! Located directly across the street from Mother Matilda Park, this property is easily accessible to all that Downtown Savannah has to offer. Tall ceilings, abundant natural light throughout, and multiple decorative fireplaces in each unit. All of the rooms are spacious including the main living areas on the ground floor plus the upstairs bedrooms. Additionally, there are two rear porches on each unit – one on each floor! The rear garden makes a tranquil retreat at the end of the day. This is a rare opportunity to own a historic property with multiple uses!
Features & Upgrades
- Listed at $775,000
- 4 Bedrooms
- 4 Bathrooms
- 2,814 Square Feet
- Built in 1900
- Beach Institute
- Rare Opportunity
- Multi-Family Property — Subdivided Into Two Single-Family Homes
- Two Rear Porches — Each Unit
- Multiple Decorative Fireplaces — Each Unit
- Convertible Into a Quadplex — 4 Kitchens!
- Tall Ceilings
- Abundant Natural Light
- Spacious Main Living Areas
- Rear Garden
- Historic Property with Multiple Uses
- Located Directly Across the Street from Mother Matilda Park
- Easily Accessible to Downtown Savannah!
Location! Beach Institute
Spanning from Liberty to Gwinnett and Price to E. Broad Streets, the surrounding neighborhood was developed in the 1850s by investors for the Savannah-Albany Railroad seeking to create housing for their workers. Unlike the rest of downtown Savannah, the plan did not include tithing lots, trust lots, or central squares. The predominant building type was the double one-story cottage. These cottages are not found anywhere else in Historic Savannah. Another building type found in the neighborhood is the corner store, with entrances on the corner angle. Overall, it was an integrated neighborhood with a strong German presence and black ownership as early as the 1860s. In the 1980s, the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation and the Historic Savannah Foundation aimed to resist the gentrification and displacement occurring throughout downtown Savannah as a result of the historic preservation movement. Together they established the “Live in a Landmark” and “Fee and Fine Forgiveness” programs, helping the area to remain mixed and affordable. The effort was successful, and today is considered a model for conscious historic preservation planning throughout the nation. Because of these initiatives, the established Beach Institute Historic Neighborhood remains the oldest surviving African American neighborhood in Savannah.
The Beach Institute closed in 1919 when enrollment declined due to the opening of other area schools. The Institute now serves as an African-American Cultural Center and offers a full schedule of programs and exhibits which feature arts and crafts with a African-American influence, including a collection of wood carvings by Ulysses Davis, a renowned folk artist. It is also home to the offices of the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation.