Tour Locations | A Stroll through the Heart of Savannah’s Historical District
Armstrong - Kessler House
Stop here in front of the impressive mansion on your right.
This is the Armstrong-Kessler House, built in 1919 by George Armstrong, a shipping magnate. He built this home for his wife. But she preferred living off the lake in North Carolina, so after George's death she donated the home to the city and it became Armstrong College. It remained as Armstrong college for many years until the school outgrew the location. Jim Williams used it during the 1960's as his antique shop, but it didn't work out too well, because he kept locking people in at night, not realizing they were still shopping. Later it became a law firm until 2017, when it was purchased by local hotelier, Richard Kessler. This 25,000 square foot house serves as Kessler's private home today.
Richard Kessler is originally from Savannah. After graduation from Georgia Tech, he partnered with Cecil B. Day and began the hotel chain Days Inn. After selling off his portion of Days Inn, Kessler created the Kessler Collection of Boutique Hotels and owns numerous properties. Three of his properties are here in Savannah; The Mansion at Forsyth Park, which used to be a Fox & Weeks Funeral home. Kessler purchased the funeral home, turning it into a Boutique Hotel and suddenly Forsyth Park became a destination. He also owns The Bohemian on Bay St, which overlooks the Savannah river. His latest project is Plant Riverside. Plant Riverside consists of 3 boutique hotels, rooftop bars, shops, restaurants and more. Be sure to take time to explore the river's entertainment district at Plant Riverside on the west end of River Street.
When you are finished taking in all the Armstrong-Kessler House has to offer, continue on, crossing over Gaston Street into Forsyth Park. This will be the final stop on your tour.