Kessler Collection’s Armstrong-Kessler Mansion Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Stumble upon the corner of Bull and Gaston Streets in Savannah, and you can’t help but feast your eyes on one of Savannah’s most prominent mansions. Built in 1919 by George Armstrong, the mansion recently underwent a major restoration. It’s the only Italian Renaissance revival home in the city and is now the personal home for art patron, entrepreneur and luxury hotelier Richard Kessler. Kessler, who was born in Savannah, is known for his boutique hotels to include the Mansion on Forsyth Park and the Grand Bohemian hotels. His extensive experience in restoration projects of historical buildings such as the Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine and the Mulberry Inn in Savannah, has landed him recognition in weaving history with modern flare. This latest project is one that is near and dear to his heart as the Armstrong Kessler Mansion was not just a rebuild but a true restoration. The 26,100-square-foot home is made entirely of stone, concrete, and marble. It features 13 bedrooms, 19 bathrooms, four kitchenettes, one chef kitchen, and four floors to include a garden level and basement area. The restoration spanned nearly two years and incorporates creative solutions to allow for modernization of the 100-year-old national landmark. “It’s an honor to be able to do this, and it’s really my gift back to Savannah,” says Kessler.