An Artfully Modern Showplace on Gaston Street

Step inside this light-filled, contemporary townhome at 112 West Gaston Street and you’ll find yourself instantly wondering if you’ve just entered into a chic French art gallery. The sun filters through the large double parlors and side hall enveloping you into Julia and Malcolm Butler’s “living art gallery”. 

Inspired by the common European practice of converting historic buildings into contemporary living space, Julia thought it seemed a natural fit to bring modern European design into what was originally a European-inspired city. She had a vision and wanted to do something different when considering the renovation of her home.

Built in 1852, home’s storied past is definitely one of artful living. It was the 50-year home and studio to local artist, Myrtle Jones who was known for her paintings of Savannah’s cityscapes and for her portraiture works. 

An extensive four-year restoration began in 2005 resulting in a brilliant masterpiece that was the recipient of The American Institute of Architects AIA Honor Award. One of the home’s most appealing features is the thoughtful attention to incorporating natural light throughout.

On the Parlor level, the union of old and new as well as the light, airy sense of space provides a well-designed living and dining area. A luxury, gourmet kitchen features all stainless built-in appliances and custom cabinetry. Designed with entertaining in mind, the kitchen is spacious with three ovens and two sinks as well as vast counters.

“We kept furniture and shelving to a minimum to avoid clutter and allow the art to carry each room. We intentionally did all of the walls in pure white with a recessed base trim and no crown molding or other distractions.”– Julia Butler

The master suite, located on the third level, is a veritable sanctuary that includes a sitting area with views of the urban landscape. An exquisitely designed Italian marble bath opens to a private balcony overlooking the courtyard.

A garden level guest suite includes a full kitchen and large Italian marble bath opening to the courtyard as well as a media room. The brick floors and fireplace speak to the home’s past perfectly uniting the old and new.

The home’s courtyard features pierced brick, three-quarter walls and chain metal curtains around the garage. A carriage house suite provides an inviting, light-filled respite for guests. 

Featured in Metropolitan Home Magazine, this home is a remarkable example of uniting a storied past with modern-day luxury. With such seamless indoor and outdoor living, this is the ideal home for enjoying Savannah’s comfortable weather.

The home is offered for sale by Associate Broker, Staci Donegan of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty for $2,150,000. Additional photography and details may be reviewed at To arrange a private showing, please call 912.247.2052 or email