From stately columns to deep porches, there are some architectural designs that, while not invented in the South, seem to have been perfected there. Some elements, like vaulted ceilings, were popular as structural ways to beat the heat in sweltering Southern summers. Others seem to celebrate opulence, such as symmetrical estates with exterior staircases and private courtyards. Whether it’s a candy-colored exterior, a raised foundation or a gabled roof, these five homes all feature hallmarks of classically Southern design.
Designed by notable architect Lewis Crook, this iconic estate sits on more than five acres in the Tuxedo Park neighborhood in Buckhead. The six-bedroom home was built in 1941 and was updated by another notable architect, Norman Askins. Traditional hallmarks of Southern architecture include the vaulted and cathedral ceilings, as well as the winding grand staircase in the two-story foyer. The classical symmetry of the exterior frames a large pool with Greek-inspired columns. The landscaped grounds are populated with native plants and large privacy hedges.
This five-bedroom historic home was built in 1865. The covered porch overlooks the landscaped ⅓ acre plot. Formal rooms feature soaring ceilings and elegant symmetry. Thoughtful renovations have added modern amenities while maintaining the integrity of the original design. There is a media room, a home gym and a kitchen outfitted with a Sub-Zero, a Wolf range and a wine fridge.
The recipient of a preservation award, this 1859 residence is in pristine condition. This four-bedroom home is located on a corner lot overlooking Chatham Square, in the heart of Savannah’s Landmark District. Traditional Southern architectural details include a private courtyard garden, covered terrace and winding exterior staircase. The spacious living room features 13-foot ceilings and twin fireplaces. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the home with natural light, and heart pine floors create warmth throughout.
This South-of-Broad estate blends historically Southern architecture with modern functionality. An open floor plan complements the high ceilings, creating an expansive and airy interior. Three living levels and a bonus area on ground level are accessible by elevator. Each of the four bedrooms has its own ensuite bathroom. The grand foyer features a flying staircase, and there are formal sitting and dining rooms. A newly renovated kitchen opens up to the great room and informal living spaces near the back of the house. Neoclassical columns line the large front porch. The pink-hued exterior nods at some of Charleston’s oldest and most renowned homes.
In the heart of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District is the Jesse Mount House, a six-bedroom residence that was built in 1854. Built for the prominent businessman Jesse Mount (1798-1871), this four-story home has its original plaster medallions, crown moldings and period details. Three ensuite bedrooms, a well-appointed chef’s kitchen, a media room and a home office are in the thoughtfully renovated main house. There’s also a garden-level apartment and a carriage house. This property has a Hollywood pedigree and has been featured in a number of films, such as the 1989 movie “Glory.”
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Stephanie Fallon writes about art, visual culture, design, motherhood, work, and sometimes wine. She has spent the last five years working in art museum education where she specialized in interpretation and public programming. When she’s not glued to her laptop she is either chasing her toddler or creating digital drawings of scenes she remembers from chasing her toddler.