1920 Italian Renaissance – Savannah, GA

Added to OHD on 8/2/13   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   22 Comments
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45 E 44th St, Savannah, GA 31405

  • $980,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 5 Bath
  • 5300 Sq Ft
Savannah living at its finest! Own a piece of history in Historic Ardsley Park. This property has not been on the market in 50 years! This 1920s 5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath estate home was designed by architect Henrik Wallin and is sited on 6 city lots. The ornate Italian plasterwork in each room will take your breath away. Property also includes a pool house, swimming pool and carriage house. The carriage house features a 1000 square foot apartment and 2 original horse stalls. Walk to shopping and school.
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Casey Schivera, Sotheby's,
912-234-3323

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22 Comments on 1920 Italian Renaissance – Savannah, GA

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  1. Robb says: 187 comments

    I just talked to the Realtor of this house this week actually. I have pictures of the bathrooms and kitchen. I may post them as they do not fit the house. I am sure they will be well commented upon as they all need redoing!!

  2. Robb says: 187 comments

    Thank you for posting them for me. Now all can see how “lovely” the kitchen and bathrooms are in this house.

  3. gir says: 1 comments

    What a fabulous home in such a fantastic city! I think I’m in love with the ceiling detail. And I love redoing kitchens and baths, so I’m all in on this one

  4. says: 472 comments

    This is not the sort of house I would associate with Savannah, but it’s pretty damn gret anyway! I love the arched interior fanlights, the stair hall is perfect, and those detailed three dimensional ceilings are wonderful. And I’m glad the photographer knew that old houses look better when they’e viewed through a wispy veil of Spanish Moss.

  5. Johntique says: 78 comments

    Did you happen to notice the multi-colored mini blinds in one of the bathrooms? I must save the photos of the baths, kitchen, and color coordinated purple bedroom (with ghastly floral valances) and matching bath for my “What NEVER to do to the interior of ANY house files! The rest of the house is wonderful, but it feels like it belongs on the north shore of Long Island – rather than Savannah. I am amazed that the plaster work is so intact!

  6. Robb says: 187 comments

    To add to this, it is amazing that the house still looks great after all these years as it has been vacant for over 4 yrs. We all know how fast a house can go down hill when it is not occupied. The house does need a good paint job also on the outside. Inspections went well on this house also.

  7. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 138 comments
    OHD Supporter

    I can’t recall ever having seen before a newel post so completely imprisoned by balusters! The
    plasterwork truly is amazing. The arched marble mantelpiece appears to pre-date the house
    by about 50 years… I wonder if there is a story connected to it.

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  8. FergusFergus says: 238 comments
    1705 Queen Anne

    This is quite and interesting house, with many interesting features, I’ve never seen a newel post quite like that either. Although I have to disagree with the others about the kitchens and bathrooms. I quite like them and would want to clean them up rather than gut them, I know many people would gut them and replace them with something horrible and modern. I have to agree about the marble fireplace. At a guess I’d say it was from a much older Italianate home that was being demolished.

  9. Bob H says: 77 comments

    I too think the kitchen is a gut. I’d rather see it returned to a 1920-40s era sympathetic style rather than some 2013 granite and stainless dreck.

    Otherwise some good scrubbing and painting will bring the formal rooms back to their gleaming appearance.

    Agree it is an odd house for Savannah, but what the heck–it’s a grand house. Hope someone gets it and loves it well.

  10. Robb says: 187 comments

    We had a chance to see this house last week. It is on our short list of homes to purchase. It truly is a beautiful house that needs lots of love. The kitchen and bathrooms do need redoing. The kitchen is in worse shape than shown on here. It has drop in tiles that are in poor shape. We would remove them and give the kitchen its right ceiling height. There is an addition on the house that includes a dog washing area. The bones on this house are great and it is in pretty decent shape considering how long it has been vacant. The pool is being tended by neighbors and is in very good condition. Who knows, we may own this one!

  11. Roseann Ettinger says: 1 comments

    I drove 800 miles to see this house in person 2 times! I fell madly in love with it but my husband couldn’t get over the fact that the city taxes were $20,000 a year. He would not buy it for me! After 2.5 years, I am still looking for a house somewhat comparable to this one and no luck! Any suggestions? I want to live in Savannah, especially in this Ardsley Park neighborhood but all of the listings I see are so boring. I am sad over losing this house. I know..you can’t have everything!

  12. says: 187 comments

    This house has been long sold 🙁 Nice house. I am eager to see the finished product when we get back to Savannah.

  13. Wells Anderson says: 2 comments

    I am proud to have been the GC on this home for the new owners. Below is the link to my website with the before and after photos (many take from this site). The owners worked hard to restore it back to its original glory. We are all thrilled with the results. I am happy to try and answer any questions or add clarification regarding the renovation. However I ask if you have any criticisms you keep them to yourself.

    One feature that has not been previously noted is the 2 horse stable in the carriage house. I have included a photo of one of the stalls. We have worked in many old homes in Savannah but this is the only surviving stable I am aware of. The carriage house will be renovated at a later date and of course the stable will remain untouched.

    We will continue to post new photos as we tweak my site. I would like to thank Old House Dreams for having these photos posted and for showcasing old homes.

    Best,

    Wells Anderson

    http://www.wellsandersonconstructionandrealestate.com/index.html

  14. Robb H says: 187 comments

    Being someone who actually had seriously looked at this house, I think they did a great job with the house. It looks like they took out the dog washing station? We would have done the same. The house was very nice but definetly needed love. I am glad someone who purchased it decided to love it instead of modernizing it. That is what we would have done as we are restorers. I am glad some of the “brilliant” colors were removed. I am eager to see more photo’s as the house further evolves.

  15. Wells Anderson says: 2 comments

    Thanks for kind words. Yes, the dog washing station was completely removed. We also opened up the small back porch (formally the laundry) and brought it back as a porch. We were surprised and fortunate to find most of the balusters still in place. We only had to have a few turned.

    The former colors were over the top. The owners painstakingly chose colors that would allow the plaster detail to speak for itself. I will post more photos as they come available.

  16. Leo M. says: 2 comments

    This BEAUTIFUL place had some work done. Look at the before and after slideshow right here:

    http://wellsandersonconstructionandrealestate.com/45east44th.html

  17. RickMac says: 1 comments

    Actually, it was designed by the firm of Wallin and Comer who were partners from 1915 to 1930. In 1922 the firm had their offices in the Pink House on Abercorn, and John Lebey, former Savannah architect, worked there over the summer of 1922. At the head of the stairs, where the Venetian windows are situated was “Old Man Comer’s” (Arthur Finch Comer) desk and which oversaw the drafting room on the north side (northeast corner), while Mr. Wallin’s office was in the southeast front room with chimney. Comer (1894-1971) had attended the Ecoles De Beaux Arts in Paris as well as MIT, and it was his skills as a designer that the firm flourished. Wallin was the businessman who went out and marketed the firm like most principals of such firms do. In 1916 Comer hired Lynn Drummond then took a leave of absence from the firm to return to France and volunteered to fight against Germany as a aviator, which in 1918 when the United States entered the war, Comer then transferred into the pioneer Army Air Corps. When he returned to Savannah, he landed his biplane in Daffin Park. His son, Joseph Scotcher Comer (1943-2011) also became a Naval aviator, serving as a fighter pilot aboard the USS Midway (CV 41) with Squadron VF-161 in the early 1980s and was the air boss on the USS Constellation and later commander of NAS Panama and The Presidio’s last base commander. For numerous Wallin & Comer’s projects, my grandfather E.M. McAuley (1879-1939) was the building contractor even before 1939 when my aunt began dating and married Arthur Comer in 1940.

  18. RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    This is one of the very first listings I submitted to OHD; and it continues to be one of my VERY favorite old houses. Not my style, but WOW is it EVER gorgeous!

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