Built in 1881, Granite Hall is an Italianate-style mansion that features a black-and-white marble entry, bay windows, heart of pine wood floors, two marble fireplaces, 14-foot ceilings and an expansive back patio. The building takes its name from the granite double-entry staircase that ascends to highlight the mansion’s three-story structure.
Located in the historic district adjacent to Forsyth Park, the mansion was a private residence throughout most of the 20th century. Prominent Savannah resident Jim Williams, made infamous by the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” purchased the house in the mid-1980s and began an extensive restoration of the property, but died before it was completed. The mansion served tourists as a bed-and-breakfast throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, until SCAD purchased the property in 2006.
Granite Hall is now home to SCAD human resources.