Private Savannah

The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to present this tour of Savannah, Georgia, during which participants will tour some of the finest homes, gardens, and sites within this beautiful city, with thanks to the Historic Savannah Foundation and the Savannah Historic District. Throughout the course of the program, experts and specialists will be present to speak on the subject of Savannah's architecture and decorative arts.

This tour is arranged by Classical Excursions. Please note that a registration form and deposit must be submitted to Classical Excursions and a confirmation of receipt must be received from Classical Excursions in order to be considered registered for this program. Payment of the $500 donation to the ICAA prior to registration does not guarantee placement on the trip. To inquire about registration for this program, please contact [email protected] or 413-243-4155.

Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this travel program. All travel program participants have the opportunity to receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.

Owens-Thomas House

Participants will visit one of Savannah's most impressive Regency residences, the Owens-Thomas House, which was designed by British-trained architect William Jay and built between 1816 - 1819. The House features a columned foyer leading to a brass-inlaid staircase, and a drawing room with a trompe-l'œil ceiling which gives the effect of a dome.

Isaiah Davenport House

The tour features a visit to the Isaiah Davenport House, built in 1821. The House is built in a red-brick Federal design, with finely crafted interiors throughout. The Historic Savannah Foundation was founded the same year the Isiah Davenport House was threatened with demolition, ultimately saving this important local landmark in 1955.

Harper Fowlkes House

Built between 1841 and 1845, the Harper Fowlkes House is designed in the Greek Revival style, featuring double curved stairs and a portico of four columns. The interiors of the House are lavishly embellished with classical details.

Mercer Williams House

During the tour, the group will visit the Mercer Williams House, one of Savannah's most celebrated mansions and the site of inspiration for the book and subsequent movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The Mercer Williams House is one of three houses in the city designed by John S. Norris, a prominent mid-19th Century architect. The house is an example of the Italianate style, featuring large Florentine-style windows and a cast-iron Corinthian portico.

Andrew Low House

Featured on the tour is a visit to one of the city's best-preserved houses, the Andrew Low House, which features an original formal garden. The house combines Grecian details with elements of the Italian villa style, embellished with intricate ironwork. The spacious rooms are decorated with period antiques, elaborate plaster cornices, and carved woodwork.

1859 Mansion

Participants will enjoy a visit to an 1859 mansion owned and restored by members of a renowned real estate dynasty, featuring contemporary interiors and beautifully-preserved rooms.

Private Historic Home

Included on the tour is a visit to a historic home decorated by prominent Atlanta interior designer Suzanne Kasler, interpreting a traditional style with a contemporary flair.

Private Townhouse

Featured is a tour of a private restored townhouse which includes its original 19th Century facade, designed by Savannah architect Christian Sottile.

Armstrong Kessler Mansion

Participants will enjoy a special private visit to the magnificent, newly-restored Beaux-Arts style Armstrong Kessler Mansion.

Private Trolley Tour

Included is a private trolley tour with Daniel Carey, President and CEO of the Historic Savannah Foundation, one of the nation's earliest and foremost organizations in the field of historic preservation. The tour will focus on examples of the Foundation's work in the city.

Private Walking Tour

The program includes a private walking tour of Savannah's historic district with Jonathan Stalcup, owner of Architectural Tours of Savannah.

What’s included

  • A three-night stay at the five-star Mansion on Forsyth Park in the historic center of Savannah.
  • A private motor coach for all sightseeing, visits, transfers, and drivers as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Three breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners.

Owens-Thomas House (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Elisa.rolle)

Isaiah Davenport House

Green-Meldrim House (Image: Wikimedia Commons - Jud McCranie)

Mercer Williams House (Image:Wikimedia Commons/NewTestLeper79)

AIA Continuing Education Provider Information:

Learning Objectives:

1. Develop a deeper understanding of the history of Savannah's architecture and urban landscape, including the architectural principles employed by architects who designed structures within the city.

2. Gain an understanding of historical preservation practices currently being put into use in Savannah in order to retain the historical architectural integrity of the city.

3. Develop an understanding of the classical architectural principles that are evident in the homes and buildings of Savannah.

4. Gain greater knowledge of the architects who shaped the architectural landscape of Savannah, including John S. Norris and William Jay.

Instructional Delivery Method: Live In-Person Learning Program

Approved LUs and Type: 15 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective

AIA CES Program Approval Expiration Date: March 14, 2022

Prerequisites: None

Program Level: Introductory

Advance Learner Preparation: None

Provider Statement: The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number G193. All registered AIA CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider or this learning program may be sent to AIA CES ([email protected] or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.


How do I register for an ICAA travel program?

If you would like to register, you may contact the travel operator organizing the program. Please note that a $500 donation per person to the ICAA is required in order to participate in each travel program. The contact information for ICAA tour operators is included on individual travel pages. Kindly note that the ICAA works with three different consultants for program offerings. If you are unsure which travel consultant to contact for a given program, you may email [email protected] or call 212-730-9646 x109

What does the required $500 donation fund?

Your $500 donation helps to further the ICAA’s goal of advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts by supporting its varied educational programs, including continuing education courses, college workshops, the Summer Studio in Classical Architecture, New Heights, and many more.

Am I required to pay a $500 donation for each travel program I register for?

You can make your $500 donation to the ICAA online, or you can download, complete, and mail this form to the ICAA. You can alternatively fax a copy to 212-730-9649. You may also call 212-730-9646 x109 or email [email protected] to make a donation. Donations must be made separately from the registration fee.

Do I have to be a member of the ICAA to participate in an ICAA travel program?

No, membership is not required to attend an ICAA travel program. However, complimentary Individual membership to the ICAA is included with your $500 required donation.

I don’t see the full itinerary for the tour I am interested in. When will it be released?

For full itinerary and more information, contact [email protected], 860-926-4895. Due to the exclusive nature of our tours, some private locations or visits may be omitted from the ICAA's website.

What kinds of trips does the ICAA offer?

Over the past several years, the ICAA has travelled to destinations including Paris; Andalusia; Atlanta; Barbados; South Africa; Chicago; the Netherlands and Belgium; Scotland; the French Riviera; Morocco; the Italian Lake Region; Charlottesville; Naples; and New Delhi, among many other locations. The ICAA is always looking to diversify its travel offerings. If you have a suggestion or location you would like to see added, please email [email protected].