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City Police Barracks - Savannah Historic District - Savannah, GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member onfire4jesus
N 32° 04.544 W 081° 05.319
17S E 491633 N 3548833
Quick Description: The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department occupies the oldest continually active police headquarters in the nation. It is located at 323 East Oglethorpe Ave in Savannah, GA.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 11/6/2008 10:50:58 AM
Waymark Code: WM53QW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 8

Long Description:
From the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department web site (visit link) :
"The "Barracks" as it is fondly known, opened its doors in 1870, complete with stables. The barracks was completed on August 20, 1870 at a cost of more than $28,000.

By 1895, the department boasted two patrol wagons - one open and one closed, a one-horse drawn ambulance, a two-horse drawn ambulance, 32 horses, and a number of bicycles. The department modernized in 1921 with the addition of 11 automobiles. it took approximately 25 years to entirely replace the horse with the gasoline engine.

Construction was completed on the city jail, or station house, on October 7, 1937. The total expense for construction of the jail and renovations to the barracks was approximately $100,000. The jail was closed in 1977 and all city prisoners were tranferred to the County facility, then located at Montgomery Street and Oglethorpe Avenue.

Today, the exterior of the building facing Ogelthorpe stands true to its original form, while an addition was erected to the back of the building.

Outside of the Barracks, the two most photographed police cars in the City! Historic Savannah Police and Chatham County car stand the test of time as guardians of our heritage."

This building is listed as a contributing building 18.01 in the Book, "Historic Savannah" which is a survey of all of Savannah's Historic Districts.
Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Savannah Historic District

Link to nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com page with the Historic District: [Web Link]

NRHP Historic District Waymark (Optional): [Web Link]

Address:
323 East Oglethorpe Ave. Savannah, GA 31401


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