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Jim Byous

Tomochichi Federal Courthouse in Savannah’s Wright Square is an exquisite sample of Richardson Romanesque architecture which is also referred to by some as Second Renaissance Revival style.

Tomochichi Federal Building Savannah

Tomochichi Federal Building in Savannah’s Wright Square.

Built in two sections the tower is the centerpiece of the 1894 edifice that faced President Street and marked the focal point for the structure.  During the Great Depression, the second section was added in 1932, enclosing the original front and replacing it with a main entrance on Bull Street and forcing the tower into an asymmetrical position.

Medallions of colored marble

Medallions of colored marble highlight the frieze of the structure.

The building is built of marble that is primarily from quarries near the town of Tate in North Georgia.  It is named after the chief, or mico, of the Yamacraw Indians that lived in the area when James Oglethorpe founded the city in 1733.  Tomochichi is buried in the square in front of the building.

Savannah’s Historic District contains 21 squares that serve as parks for the city. they were laid out at the time of the founding.  Bring your shoes, because Savannah is a walking city.  Better yet, take an on-off trolley tour, then go back to walk and study the details.

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