The History of Brockington Hall
Brockington Hall is a 16th Century, Classic Italianate villa-style structure built for Dr. Julius LeHardy in 1882. Remnants of an 1832 structure on the site – a distinct brick and beam foundation – were found under the existing Victorian era structure during the renovation.
Although the identities of the architect and the builder for the LeHardy house are not known, extensive facade changes were made between 1883 to 1885. It has been suggested that these were designed by
Trained at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Lienau is credited with having introduced the French style to American building construction, notably the mansard roof with its decorative flourishes. Several of his buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, the most famous of which probably is the 1868 LeGrand Lockwood Mansion in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Both the terrazzo flooring and the Chinese Chippendale-style wrought iron railing on the front porch are the “first-known-to-the-region” use of these materials.
The refurbishment of LeHardy’s home included the addition of three marble mantles and the addition of the double front stairs. Both the terrazzo flooring and the Chinese Chippendale-style wrought iron railing on the front porch are the “first-known-to-the-region” use of these materials. The Chinese Chippendale theme is used in our monogram and
The house was owned and occupied by a series of prominent Savannah families over the years. Owners included Robert A Knox, A. Cheshire Nash, A. Pratt Adams, James R. Dotson, and Franklin R. Dulaney.
In the 1960’s, extensive modifications were made to the rear of the building to add the current ballroom, and for almost two decades the parlor floor was operated as an event venue for weddings, formal parties and other upscale events under the name, Brockington Hall. Also in the building at that time were a florist shop and several apartments. According to then owner Tommy Anderson, the grand apartment on the third floor was occupied by Burt Reynolds and an interesting variety of his guests during the filming of the movie “Gator” released in 1976. Lauren Hutton also lived in one of the apartments while her portions of the movie were filmed, and some scenes were shot in the house. Dinah Shore and O. J. Simpson each rented apartments here, and a commercial for Champion spark plugs
Brockington Hall was purchased by retired
In 2020, Brockington Hall was purchased by Robert Bonds.