The History of the Gastonian
The Gastonian, comprised of two striking Regency Italianate-style mansions, rests in the heart of Savannah's beautiful Historic District. Built in 1868, these majestic mansions, like many of Savannah's oldest and most endearing homes, serve as reminders of Savannah's rich history.
The freestanding house at 220 East Gaston Street was built for Savannah insurance broker R. H. Footman, and the one next door, 218 East Gaston Street, was built for wholesale grocer Aaron Champion.
The Fortitude of The Gastionian
The exterior cracks along the mansions' façade and a crack along the fireplace in the original kitchen of The Gastonian were caused by an earthquake that struck the Coastal Empire in the late 1800s. Many Savannah residents fled their homes during the panic. The Gastonian remained standing.
The Legacy Continues
On April 1, 2005, HLC Hotels, Inc., a Savannah-owned and operated hotel management company, purchased The Gastonian and added it to its downtown collection of upscale historic inns in Savannah, including The Marshall House, The Eliza Thompson House, The East Bay Inn, The Olde Harbour Inn, and the Kehoe House. The Gastonian is now the leading historic inn in the collection and was also voted best bed and breakfast in Savannah in 2005 and again in 2013.