Downtown Buildings -- Factors Walk
Architecture -- Georgia -- Savannah.
Savannah (Ga.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Pictorial works.
Commercial buildings -- Georgia -- Savannah.
The image is from a scan of a slide from Myrtle Jones Collection, MS 002. The slide was used in the publication of her book, A Savannah Experience: an artistic expression of my life in Savannah, published in 1995. The slide depicts an acrylic painting of Factors Walk on Bay Street painted in 1970.
Savannah is a port city, with the first commercial house opening in 1744. Cotton became the U.S.’s major export by the early 19th century and Savannah became one of the busiest ports. The city is built on a high bluff, which presented a challenge. To solve this, the warehouses on the wharves were 3 or 4 stories with the business office on the upper floor. That way, the warehouse was directly accessible to receive merchandise at wharf level, and the business offices were accessible at ground level from the bluff side. All these different levels became interconnected through a series of metal walkways and bridges. This is where the cotton factors, the people who facilitated the buying and selling of cotton, worked. In the 1920s, the boll weevil destroyed the cotton industry in Savannah. But the walkways, bridges, and buildings remain and have become a tourist destination.
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48 x 48 inches
Acrylic on canvas
The Myrtle Jones Papers, MS 002, Jen Library Archives and Special Collections, the Savannah College of Art and Design.
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