This lovely house was built in 1882 for Julius LeHardy, M.D., a pioneering researcher and author in the study of quarantine as a treatment modality for yellow fever. The facade was altered shortly thereafter with addition of the “first known to the region” use of terrazzo and of Chinese Chippendale- style wrought iron. The architect for the alteration is believed to have been Detlef Lienau, and it is the Chinese Chippendale-style iron railing that is echoed in our “BH” monogram and in our website banner. The rich history of the house makes it a perfect Savannah wedding venue for Savannah wedding receptions and ceremonies, as well as for corporate dinners, private parties, tour luncheons and dinners, and catered events.
The Event Venue
The rich history and unique features of this home in Savannah’s Historic District make it an ideal Savannah wedding venue for Savannah wedding receptions and ceremonies, as well as for corporate dinners, private parties, tour luncheons and dinners, and catered events.
The 4,000 square foot parlor floor consists of 9 rooms with 3-1/2 baths, accessed from the front entrance and by elevator. It features fourteen-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, marble fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, crystal wall sconces, decorative moldings, and hardwood floors. A central hall opens onto all major rooms and leads to the formal ballroom.
The drawing room is decorated with quality antiques or period furnishings, and a baby grand piano. The dining room has an attractive dining set and additional serving surfaces.
The dining room has a pale gold damask wall covering and all other walls and moldings are painted in a neutral off-white color.
Oriental rugs line the central hallway and some of the rooms.
A discreetly-offset kitchen adjacent to the elevator and additional space on the ground floor are available for your caterer, and a rear entrance from the lane allows loading in of equipment by your planner.
Some (but not all) of the ornaments may be stored during the event to suit your taste, if you request this in advance of your event.