One of my favorite places to visit in the south is the historic Noble Hardee Mansion. In fact, I make it a point to get to this amazing and ultra-historic home every summer when I’m in Savannah, Georgia. This slightly spooky Italianate style home is actually known as the “last unrestored grand mansion of Savannah.”
Unrestored, but completely jaw-dropping, this notable 1870’s era home is now home to Alex Raskin Antiques, a phenomenally unique antique store. As you explore the four stories of this glorious old mansion, you’ll come across thousands of amazing antiques, some that are piled sky-high on top of each other.
Wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling, this place is packed with the most incredible antique furnishings, chandeliers and ancestral portraits. Make sure to go upstairs and check out the amazing views of the city from this home’s numerous outdoor balconies and upstairs porches.
A stunning mansion filled with antiques
While first time visitors may be shocked to see the historic home in its time-worn state, most others embrace the faded grandeur that adds to its fascination and charm. Inside, the walls and carpets are worn, but the intrigue overshadows these flaws. One can only imagine the pristine beauty of this home when it hosted the most glorious gatherings and important guests over 100 years ago.
Picture-perfect beauty from the street
Fancy cast iron balconies and rusty outer window frames harmonize beautifully with the crumbling gray and pink stucco that covers its exterior. The faded glory of this home meshes beautifully with the Spanish moss and tree lined streets that surround it.
One of the most beautiful spots in Savannah
Located on the southern end of Savannah’s historic district at 3 West Gordon Street, the entrance to the antique store is at street level at the corner of 441 Bull Street. You’ll enter through an amazing patinated blue door with its antique amethyst glass door knob. This grand architectural dream faces Monterey Square, which is one of the prettiest tree lined parks in Savannah.
Historic Savannah’s architectural charm
The home is named after its first owner, Noble Hardee, a cotton merchant who began building the home in 1860, but died before its completion. Throughout the Civil War, this mansion remained uncompleted until the Reconstruction era of the 1870s when it became one of the city’s most sophisticated residences.
An intriguing place to visit
If you’re in Savannah and would love to visit this grand manor and store, you’ll find Alex Raskin Antiques located at 441 Bull Street. Mr. Raskin is the proud owner of the Noble Hardee Mansion has spent over twenty-five years filling this historic home with auction treasures from around the world.