Historic Chippewa Square


Oglethorpe Monument, Chippewa Square


Bisecting Bull Street, Chippewa Square was built well after the Revolution, approximately 1815. The name of the square commemorates the 1814 victory of the Battle of Chippewa in Upper Canada where the British were defeated by American forces under the command of Major General Jacobs Jenning Brown.

As with so many of Savannah’s squares, the beautiful sculpture in the center of the Chippewa Square is not that of Brown, but of James Oglethorpe. The Daniel Chester French-designed statue was completed and placed in the square in 1910.

Chippewa Square is intersected by Hull, McDonough and Perry Streets, with Liberty Street running the southern boundary of the ward. The defining monument on the square is the Independent Presbyterian Church, which was built in 1817. What makes it unique is that it occupies tithing lots, rather than a trust lot. The square is anchored by at least two buildings of historical importance. One is the First Baptist Church, which was designed and built in 1833 with a later renovation in 1922. The other is the Philbrick-Eastman House, which was designed by Charles Cluskey in 1844. This home was owned and occupied by several prominent Savannah families, including the Hulls and the Barrows.

Other notable houses in the ward include 11 East Perry Street, built in 1820 for the Minis family. Its interesting history includes its use as a boarding house, occupied at one point by Joel Chandler Harris, who wrote the Uncle Remus stories and was editor of the Savannah newspaper. Other owners and residents included Christopher Murphy Jr., an important Savannah artist and printmaker. 15 West Perry Street has been associated with the prominent Savannah merchant John Stoddard, but it was built by William Hunter around 1867 and owned by General Alexander Robert Lawton, who became President of the American Bar Association after serving as Quartermaster of the Confederacy during the Civil War.

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