201-213 Gordon Street
The Massie Heritage Center was named for its benefactor, Peter Massie, who died in 1841, leaving $5000 for the establishment of a school for the poor in Savannah. The Massie School operated as a public school until its closing in 1974, and is Georgia's oldest school in continuous operation. The only remaining building of Georgia's original chartered school system, the school now serves as a resource center for living history. Exhibits include a collection of period costumes and information on state and local history, as well as historic preservation. One outstanding exhibition documents the Greek, Gothic, and Roman influence on Savannah's architectural history. An educational program, "The Nineteenth Century Classroom," allows young students to experience a 19th century school day.
Designed and built by John S. Norris, this outstanding example of Greek revival architecture was completed in 1855-1856 and dedicated to the education of poor children. One of Savannah's historic treasures, the building features a gable roof, wood cupola and cornice, and a unique connecting passageway.
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