Savannah, Georgia – Chatham County – Built in 1903 for Laurence McNeil, I’ve always heard of this home as the Metts Mansion. This house was designed by architect Gottfried Norman, who designed mansions and other notable buildings in the South. Several of his works are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Laurence McNeil had this home built overlooking Forsyth Park, in fact it has a view of the famous fountain in the middle of the park. At 10,000 square feet, this mansion stands out on a street of beautiful homes.
The house has had a few owners and purposes over the years. In the late 40s and 50s, it was owned by Dr. Cook. The basement level was a doctors office, and his family – 10 children (!) lived on the second floor.
Throughout the 1960s this was Henderson Brothers Funeral home. It was then purchased by Dr. James Metts. The house served as a space for weddings and events. Dr. Metts name may sound familiar, as he was included in the infamous Midnight In The Garden of Good & Evil.
What I love about this Savannah icon is how it’s continued to evolve with the times. In the last few years, the lower level opened as the Forsyth Park Animal Hospital, the only one in the Historic District of Savannah.