The historic Savannah of John Berendt’s classic book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is embodied in this grand, 125-room Victorian Romanesque mansion set on the edge of Forsyth Park. The redbrick and terra-cotta exterior gives way to a lobby bedecked with onyx and Verona marble, with a Lalique chandelier and Versace furniture.
Baroque headboards crown the beds in the guest rooms, while every turn reveals something unexpected, from the vintage hat collection on the walls outside the ballroom to the Bösendorfer piano and live jazz at Casimir’s Lounge, which has become one of the city’s hot spots.
One of the most striking features of the mansion, however, may be the stunning collection of more than 400 pieces of European and American art displayed across the opulent public areas and guest rooms. Oils, sculptures, antique mirrors, and more have been carefully selected by the hotel’s owner, Richard C. Kessler, from his extensive personal collection.
Oils, Sculptures, Antique Mirrors, and More…
Seek out in particular the bronze sculpture Señorita con Parasol, by South American artist Marianne Lerbs, positioned in the middle of the fountain next to the 700 Drayton restaurant; the large sculpture of Bacchus, god of wine, displayed, appropriately, in the Salzburg Wine Room; the work of Stefano Cecchini, an Italian painter specializing in hyperrealistic wildlife art; the expressionist-colorist landscapes of Jean Claude Roy, a self-taught artist who paints en plein air; the vibrant brushstrokes of Peter Keil, a German artist from Berlin, who trained with noted Spanish surrealist Joan Miró; and the magical and mysterious Mexican-inspired works of Susan Contreras, whose paintings hang in the Onyx Gallery as well as Casimir’s Lounge.
“I want my guests to enjoy a unique art experience in each room of the mansion,” says Kessler. The Mansion on Forsyth Park is indeed a feast for the eyes – and you’ll find all the other senses equally well catered to, as well
img_1670_1_2_3_4_fused Oils, sculptures, antique mirrors, and more - an extensive personal collection.
kessler-mansion-dining-casimirs_bar_bosendorfer Outside the ballroom, the Bösendorfer piano and live jazz at Casimir’s Lounge