Indian Street is a historic street in Savannah, Georgia, United States. It runs for about 0.34 miles (0.55 km) from Warner Street in the west to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (part of State Route 25) in the east. It is immediately to the south of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge. The street is so named because it passes through Yamacraw Village,[1] itself named for the Yamacraw Native Americans, who lived on Savannah's Yamacraw Bluff.[2]

Indian Street
Indian Street (foreground) and the Talmadge Memorial Bridge. The brick building at right is Savannah College of Art and Design's Hamilton Hall
Length0.34 mi (0.55 km)
LocationSavannah, Georgia, U.S.
West endWarner Street
East endMartin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Completionc. 1810

Running parallel to River Street, near its western terminus in the Bay Street Viaduct Area, Indian Street has historically been in a neighborhood of tradespeople important to the early formation of the city. Established in the early 19th century, by the middle of the century 81 per cent of the residential population in that area was Irish-born, and almost half of that contingent was from County Wexford, Ireland, according to a 2017 study.[3] This included stonemason Michael Cash, who moved to Savannah from Blackwater, County Wexford, in the mid-1840s.[4] Almost wholly responsible for the Factors Walk retaining walls, he worked out of a shop on Indian Street.[5] Mingledorff & Co., a boiler company, was located at 510 Indian Street in 1905.[6] In 1925, Western Electric Company, then based on West Broad Street (which became Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard),[7] purchased the property at 570 Indian Street, which it remodeled and fitted out for a branch of their factory and distribution works.[8]

In 2022, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) announced it was building a 17-story, 800-bed dormitory on Indian Street, to be completed by the fall of 2023. Since the location falls just outside the Savannah Historic District, the structure does not need to meet the maximum height restriction that is in place elsewhere in the downtown area.[9] (SCAD's Hamilton Hall is located at 522 Indian Street. Together with the adjacent Adler Hall, they are known as Indian Street Studios.)[10][11] It followed the similarly sized The Baxly, a mixed-use development that opened in 2020 at 630 Indian Street as one of the first multi-family residential buildings with full amenities that had been built in Savannah in sixty years.[12][13]

References edit

  1. ^ Nussbaum, Katie. "City Hall notebook: Yamacraw Village demo update; fairgrounds site rezoned". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved December 2, 2022.
  2. ^ Public Health Papers and Reports, Volume 5. American Public Health Association. 1880. p. 90.
  3. ^ Michael Cash –
  4. ^ "Five key Irish contributors to Savannah’s history, heritage"Savannah Morning News, 6 March 2019
  5. ^ "Irish stone mason was a major factor in building city landmark"Savannah Morning News, 13 March 2007
  6. ^ The Mechanical Index. 1905. p. 61.
  7. ^ Griner, Ken (February 11, 2020). "Looking back at West Broad Street before becoming MLK Blvd". Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  8. ^ The Iron Age, Volume 116. Chilton Company. 1925. p. 589.
  9. ^ Evans, Sean (April 8, 2022). "SCAD leader discusses details of new 17-story student housing off Indian Street". WTOC. Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  10. ^ "Hamilton Hall". Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  11. ^ "Adler Hall". Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  12. ^ "Apartments, retail planned for Indian Street". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  13. ^ "Ribbon Cutting for The Baxly Apartments". Savannah Chamber. Retrieved November 30, 2022.