Savannah Cotton Exchange, 1887

Savannah Cotton Exchange GA Freemason's Hall Romanesque Revival Architecture Landmark National Register of Historic Places Picture Image Photo © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2012

National Register of Historic Places

Designed by famed Boston architect William Gibbons Preston (1842-1910), the Savannah Cotton Exchange is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. It represents a time in which Savannah was the leading cotton market in the United States and second in the world. In that sense, it was as important to the cotton industry as the New York Stock Exchange is to the financial industry today. It’s one a few structures in the world to be built over a street (Factor’s Walk). Since closing its doors after the decline of the cotton trade, it has been home to the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and more notably the freemasons, who have used it as Solomon’s Masonic Lodge since 1976. It is not open to the public, but remains one of the most photographed places in Savannah. Nearly as memorable as the structure itself is the fountain out front, representing a  gryphon (griffin), or winged lion. Damaged by a car in 2008, it was replaced in 2010.

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One response to “Savannah Cotton Exchange, 1887

  1. Roxanne

    That drunken car accident was nuts. She’d landed nose down, roof against the door to the cotton exchange. It was a mess.

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