Designed by New York architect John Norris and built in 1850 for cotton merchant Charles Green, this Gothic-revival mansion cost $93,000 to build—a princely sum in those days. The house was purchased in 1892 by Judge Peter Meldrim, whose heirs sold it to St. John's Episcopal Church in the 1940s to use as a parish house. General Sherman lived here after taking the city in 1864. Sitting on Madison Square, the house has Gothic features such as oriels, a crenellated roof,
and an external gallery with filigree ironwork. Inside are mantels of Carrara marble, carved black-walnut woodwork, and doorknobs and hinges of either silver plate or porcelain.
Mar 31, 2009
Huge, splendidly detailed historic house with much interior and exterior ornament and plenty of fine period furnishings. Tour quality can be uneven, but is very good and informative at its best. Has notably more limited hours than other old homes in the city. One of the best such attractions in Savannah, and a must-visit.
May 10, 2005
The architectural features of the house (particularly the skylight) are worth the trip. Not all furnishings are original and there are donated pieces from many eras. We accepted the offer to join a tour in progress and regretted it. Wait for the next full tour to start. The history of Sherman and the house's owner are also worth hearing.