The Gold Mine in the Closet: 122 East Taylor Street, Revisited

We are so lucky that we can return to the places in the photos and historical documents that we find about Savannah and the Lowcountry.

Nothing will do except that we go to 122 East Taylor Street.  This visit was part of a bigger outing, and I’m cherry-picking these photos from that excursion.

Here’s an old photo, approximately 70 years old, from across Calhoun Square.

This is the view of the house from across Calhoun Square.  Savannah is arranged on a grid system, with squares around which homes were grouped.

This is the view of the house from across Calhoun Square. Savannah is arranged on a grid system, with squares around which homes were grouped.

Here are new photos, taken just a few days ago.

This sign faces north on the north side of the square.  Imagine that you are standing here, and the house on Taylor Street in behind you to your right and further down a bit.

This sign faces north on the north side of the square. Imagine that you are standing here, and the house on Taylor Street in behind you to your right and further down a bit.

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Now walk onto the square for perhaps 20 feet. Imagine that you are in the middle of a clock face, facing 12 o’clock. Turn to your right, and the house is about a 4 to 5 o’clock position. The house has shutters now.

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Here’s the gate to the back garden. There’s a carriage house, and most probably it is a residence now, given the mailbox mounted to the gate. It’s noonish now, which is fortunate for us. Otherwise, the walkway might be in shadow. You can tell that this gate faces south from the shadow on the alley.

Yes, the gate was locked.  Thank you for asking.

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Next is the front porch where Grandmother sat with the twins for their picture.

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What you might call the first floor here is not called the basement.  It’s called the ground floor, so if you ever stay at a Savannah B&B, please do not insult the hosts by saying that you will not sleep in the basement if you are assigned the ground floor.  The next floor up is called the first floor, where the main living area is.

I had a favorite yarn shop in Savannah on Liberty Street, which is sadly (for me) no longer in business.  When Sugar and I went in for the first time, he said that it was like his grandmother’s house.  You walked up the stairs, then in the front door which opened into a foyer, which I might guess would also be a vestibule.   There was a set of steep stairs to the left, and the rooms for living were on the right.  He walked around the yarn shop, gesturing and whispering about what each room was.  It was very cool to have a personal re-enactor.

Because we hung around the front for a bit and there didn’t seem to be any activity, we decided that it would be safe to take a photo through the glass on the ground floor.  Perhaps we would not get arrested.  There are bars on the window, and I managed to position the camera just right to get an interior shot.  The glare from the sun was too bright to see what I was actually shooting, so imagine my surprise when I got a bonus reflection of Sugar.  His snoop factor is much lower than mine.  He’s probably a 2.5 on a scale of 1 to 10.  I’m clearly a 9.3.

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And now my favorite photo of the day.

Here’s the window where Mary “Leslie” Basinger Lawton sat to have her photo made (I’m totally guessing this, but it makes sense).  It’s the only window that would be close to the fireplace.  Her chair and her bench with her glasses and African violet were next to this window.

And that bench with the hearts carved in the base?

Sugar has it.

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