This announcement is long overdue. For the past few months, we’ve added History & Architecture Tours, as a new offering. These tours have become quite popular, largely due to the excellent guide that conducts the tours. Ed Pyrch is an accredited architect that provides insights about the intricacies and underlying symbolism of Savannah’s famous ward design as you stroll through the city under a canopy of urban forest with its historic walls of delightful architecture. During the tour, Ed will explain how the vibrancy of Oglethorpe’s enlightened Utopian plan worked in the eighteenth century and how it thrives today. You can also expect to discover favorite spots to dine, unique shops, galleries and hidden historic gems. You will find that there’s something for everyone in beautiful Savannah!
Ed’s first visit to Savannah was in 2005 for the Spring Historic District Tour of Homes which benefits the Historic Savannah Foundation. That trip began a love affair that continues today with the architecture of Savannah and Oglethorpe’s 1733 Plan. After moving to Savannah permanently in 2007, Ed and his wife Kathleen enjoy life in the 2.3 square mile National Landmark Historic District in their “900 Square Feet of Bliss,” a cozy restored 1899 cottage.
As the City of Savannah Architectural Coordinator from 2008 to 2012, he managed design and construction of the city’s capital improvement projects like the Forsyth Park Visitors’ Center, Historic Grayson Stadium and improvements to City Hall. Today Ed works with his private clients on architectural projects from concept design through construction and obtaining all board approvals in the Historic District.
Ed also enjoys creating fine architectural illustrations such as the Mercer Williams house below. If you would like to see some of Ed’s art work, you can stop in at Cool Savannah Tours & Gifts at 42 E Bay St in Savannah, or you can shop at our online store.