Magnolia Hall


My history and love for Savannah runs really deep. Now you know SCAD as intimately as I do, and you’ve walked the streets of Savannah and fallen in love with student and alumni works. My first introduction to this great place was not through the first visit with my father but through the book and film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I love this book. I love the characters. I love how Kevin Spacey plays Jim Williams who also did so much for the preservation of Savannah. My FAVORITE home in the world is the Mercer Williams house – I’ve toured it multiple times, and as rumor has it, Jackie Kennedy once offered to buy it. You can imagine my excitement when SCAD, in traditional southern hospitality style, invited Kevin and I to stay at Magnolia Hall, the home where John Berendt wrote the book I adore so much! We drank champagne on the grand porch overlooking Forsyth Park each evening, watching the day come to a close. We snuck into any room that was open out of sheer curiosity, admiring the interior design done by SCAD’s own president and co-founder Paula Wallace. SCAD maintains this historic 3-story 2nd empire residence built in 1878, as a place to offer their special guests… which is exactly what you feel like at Magnolia Hall.

ps- notable guests such as Oliver Stone, Mark Jacobs, DVF, Marina Abramovic, and Andre Leon Talley have stayed here! 




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7 thoughts on “Magnolia Hall

  1. Hola Ann, first thank you for sharing such a beautiful post. I love your blog and now even more! What a feeling to read that the book and movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil took you to Savannah, it is a dream of mine too, I have not seen the movie, but the book is one of my favorites. Love the characters, the story and the way everything is described, just perfect for my dreamy curious mind (100 years of solitude is similar if you’re interested). I hope to make it to this gorgeous dreamy place in the near future!

    1. You should try out the movie one night, Kevin Spacey is so great and they filmed in the actual home where everything took place. Hope you can make it to Savannah at some point, it’s truly one of my favorite places on earth.

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