Tag Archives: Commercial Architecture of Coastal Georgia

Horton Brewery Ruins, 1730s, Jekyll Island

This was identified as Georgia’s first brewery when the property was nominated for the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, but like many of Georgia’s tabby ruins, it has an ambiguous history. Signage at the Horton House Historic Site identifies it as  the ruins of a warehouse. If it is the brewery ruins, it’s one of Georgia’s first industrial sites. Major Horton’s Brewery fueled the troops at nearby Fort Frederica throughout the late 1730s.

Specific dates for the brewery and/or warehouse are as difficult to pin down as they are for the house, but considering the connection to Fort Frederica and its likely need for alcohol from the outset, it was likely operational before 1740. Taylor Davis, who wrote his masters thesis on tabby in Georgia, also identifies the ruins as the brewery ruins.

National Register of Historic Places


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U. S. Custom House & Post Office, 1902, Brunswick

Now Brunswick’s City Hall, this was built under the direction of James Knox Taylor, Supervising Architect of the Department of the Treasury at the time.  It is unclear who the actual architect was.

Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Jack Nelson Ford, Darien


This has been remodeled and now serves as the Darien firehouse. Its Streamline Moderne architecture suggests it was likely built from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s. The ‘modern” tabby walls have been replaced by stucco. In transferring materials from one website to another, I have lost the comments, but someone noted that the dealership had another owner besides Jack Nelson. I’ll add that information, as well as photo of its present appearance, as soon as possible. (These photographs were made in 2011).



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Archie’s Restaurant, Circa 1975, Darien


First opened at a nearby location in 1940, and once known as the Shrimp Boat Restaurant, Archie’s was a longtime Darien landmark and a favorite stop for travelers along the busy Coastal Highway (US 17).


As traffic moved off 17 and onto nearby I-95, business slowed and the restaurant was closed by 2006. The structure seen here opened circa 1975 and was demolished in 2015.




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Schwarz Building, 1890, Savannah

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Designed for John Schwarz in the Romanesque Revival style, this office building was the work of prominent Georgia architect Alfred S. Eichberg (see Brunswick City Hall). Over the years it has housed everything from the WPA Writers’ Project and the Venezuelan Consulate to radio stations and banks. It’s located on Wright Square.

Savannah Historic District, National Historic Landmark

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Drayton Arms Apartments, 1951, Savannah

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Designed in 1949 by Cletus W. & William P. Bergen for the Federal Housing Authority, the Drayton Arms Apartments (now known as Drayton Tower) was the first Modern or International style structure built in Savannah. It was also the first large scale apartment building in Georgia to have air conditioning. It’s inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004 caused great controversy and it remains one of the most hated and unpopular buildings in the downtown historic district. However, when it was completed in 1951, Savannah had not yet begun a move toward preservation and the Drayton was thought to fill a niche for low cost urban housing for veterans and other applicable tenants. Regardless of its controversial nature, it is the most important work of Modern architecture in the city.

National Register of Historic Places


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Savannah Blue Print Company, Circa 1956

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This is another good example of Modern Movement architectural style in Savannah. Carl E. Helfrich and Daniel L. Grantham were the architects. The Savannah Blue Print company has been in business since 1925.

Thanks to Cyrus Utley at Savannah Blue Print Company for this information.

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