Reynolds Square is one of Savannah’s oldest, laid out in 1734 as one of the original six squares envisioned by James Oglethorpe’s plan for the city.
The square has a lot of history, although you won’t see very much of it there today. As one of the earliest squares created and settled during the early years of the colony at Savannah, Reynolds Square functioned for decades as the site of public and governmental buildings, and as a center of the city’s social and political life.
Reynolds Square is in the north of the Historic District, at the intersection of Abercorn and East St Julian Streets. Reynolds Ward is bordered by Bay, Drayton, Lincoln and Broughton Streets. See on map
North of the square is the riverfront and River Street; south is Oglethorpe Square and one of Savannah’s most popular historic house museums, the Owens-Thomas House. Eastwards is Warren Square, around and beyond which are several of Savannah’s few surviving 18th century houses. West is Johnson Square and the Historic District’s central promenade, Bull Street.
This historic movie theater, built by Arthur Lucas in 1921, has been recently restored and opened as a venue for film, concerts and other performances. See details of upcoming shows
Close by is another of Savannah’s historic performance spaces. The Trustees Theater, currently operated by the Savannah College of Art and Design, had one of the largest movie screens in the South when it was built in 1946. Today it shows classic cinema, and musical and other performances. Upcoming shows
The Wesley Monument commemorates the life and work of John Wesley, one of the founders of Methodism. Wesley came to Savannah from his native England in the 1730s, at Oglethorpe’s request, and built his parsonage on the corner of Reynolds Square. Georgia Methodists erected Wesley’s monument in 1969.
The Olde Pink House, one of Savannah’s few surviving 18th century buildings, was constructed for James Habersham in 1789. Initially the house was used as a residence, but by the early 19th century it had been transformed into a banking establishment, first occupied by the Planters’ Bank and later the First State Bank of Georgia.
By the 1930s, the Habersham House was at risk of demolition. Savannah preservationist and one of its pioneer restorers, Alida Harper, saved the house by converting it into a tea room. Today it is a popular restaurant, and one of the many locations in Savannah that enthusiasts of the paranormal consider to be haunted.
The Oliver Sturges House is significant not only for its age and architecture, but as the place from which the historic voyage of the SS Savannah was planned, the first ship to cross the Atlantic under partial steam power.
The Sturges House was built as a pair with the Burroughs House (since destroyed – the lot is now occupied by the Planters Inn) in 1813. These houses themselves replaced the parsonage in which Savannah’s early religious leaders, John Wesley and George Whitefield, had lived soon after the settlement of the city.
On-street parking is available on and around Reynolds Square, but it is frequently difficult to find a space, especially on weekdays and in the evenings. The time limit on most nearby on-street spaces is an hour, with a few allowing 2- or 10-hour stays.
Most street parking spaces nearby charge $1 per hour, with some cheaper spaces on Congress Street and eastwards towards adjacent Warren Square. The nearest free parking (if available) is on Price Street, a few blocks east of Reynolds Square.
There are several parking garages nearby, both city-owned and private. In the evenings and on weekends it will usually be possible to find a space in the city’s Bryan Street Parking Garage, along the northern edge of Reynolds Square.
During working hours on weekdays, however, this garage can get full, as can the nearest city-owned alternative, the State Street Parking Garage on the north side of Oglethorpe Square, and the nearest private garage, located on the west side of Warren Square.
The nearest city-owned garage likely to have weekday daytime spaces is the (more expensive) city-owned Whitaker Street Garage near Ellis Square, several blocks west of Reynolds Square. Otherwise, you might find space in the private lot southwest of Warren Square, or on-street (mostly with a 2-hour maximum stay) if you go a few blocks further out, south of Congress Street and east of Lincoln.
Savannah’s free downtown shuttle has a stop on the north side of Reynolds Square, with another stop two blocks south of the square at Abercorn and Broughton Streets. The city’s paid bus services are less convenient, with the nearest stop several blocks away at Bull and Broughton Streets. Get public transport directions