William Henry Robertson collection of maps, architectural drawings, and plats
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William Henry Robertson collection of maps, architectural drawings, and plats

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Robertson, William Henry, approximately 1881-1964.
Title: William Henry Robertson collection of maps, architectural drawings, and plats
Dates: 1896-1954
Extent: 1.5 cubic feet (1 box, 2 roll boxes)
Identification: MS 1672

Biographical/Historical Note

Captain William Henry (Billy) Robertson (circa 1881-1964) served as the superintendent of Savannah, Georgia's Park and Tree Commission from 1899-1955. As superintendent, Robertson managed the city's parks, squares, cemeteries, and city planting of trees, shrubs, and flowers. Robertson, a native Savannahian, was instrumental in designing the original Daffin Park Lake. At his retirement in 1955, a City Council resolution credited him with "much of the intensive development of our parks and squares which are major assets of our city."

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of maps, architectural drawings, and plats of Savannah, Georgia. The collection is divided into five series: Daffin Park; subdivisions; parks and squares; architectural drawings and site plans; and miscellaneous. Many of the materials are in poor condition. Locations included in this collection are Daffin Park, the estate of John G. Falligant in Thunderbolt, Blue's Ranch subdivision, Fairway Oaks subdivision, Casey Canal, the Habersham Street squares, Columbia square, the Savannah Chapter American Red Cross building, Hotel DeSoto, and Bonaventure Cemetery.

Index Terms

Architectural drawings (visual works)
Land subdivision--Georgia--Savannah.
Landscape plants--Georgia--Savannah.
Maps (documents)
Plats (maps)
Public spaces--Georgia--Savannah.
Robertson, William Henry, approximately 1881-1964.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], William Henry Robertson collection of maps, architectural drawings, and plats, MS 1672, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robbie Culver, 2001.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List


SERIES 1:: Daffin Park

This series contains general plans, a list of plants, a landscape map, and a photograph of Philip D. Daffin, for whom the park is named.



11Landscape map of Estill Park, Chatham Co., Ga. Survey for the Tree and Park Commission, 1896.
2 copies



12General Plan of Daffin Park with cross section, Park and Tree Commission
3Plan of Daffin Park, including stadium
4Cross sections in connection with Daffin Park
5List of plants for Daffin Park
6Oversized photograph of Phillip D. Daffin

SERIES 2:: Subdivisions

This series contains plat maps of the John G. Falligant estate (Robertson's mother was from the Falligant family).



17Map of lots near Thunderbolt, Estate of John G. Falligant, 1877
(copied 1904)
8-9Plat showing subdivision of lots 9-12, 33-34, John G. Falligant estate, 1919
10Map showing subdivision of lots 9-12, John G. Falligant estate, 1924.
2 copies
11Map of lots 41 and 42, John G. Falligant subdivision
12Plan of proposed street layout, J.G. Falligant lots 41, 42, 44, 45
13Blue's Ranch subdivision, map of lots 20-24, 47-53, 56-62, 83-90, Olympus subdivision, Sutlive Ward (Savannah), surveyed for Mrs. Agnes S. Schwalb, 1948
14Fairway Oaks subdivision, maps of lots, 1950.
2 copies

SERIES 3:: Parks and squares

This series contains plans for a proposed park in the Fairway Oaks area, a general design for the Habersham Street squares, and a preliminary sprinkler plan for Columbia Square.



115Sketch showing proposed park between Fairway Oaks and Casey Cana, 1951
16Suggested design for Habersham Street squares, Office City Engineer, 1951.
2 copies
17Preliminary plan of sprinkler system for Columbia Square

SERIES 4:: Architectural drawings and site plans

This series contains site plans for Savannah's Red Cross building and the Hotel DeSoto, and two unidentified project plans.



118Photocopy of site plan of Savannah Chapter American Red Cross, 1950
19Site plan of patron drive-in (pick-up/drop-off) at Hotel DeSoto, 1954.
2 copies
20Construction detail of framework for unidentified packing house, includes measurements and placement of boarding, windows, shingles, etc.
21List of boards, window frames, etc. including number and measurements for unidentified construction

SERIES 5:: Miscellaneous

This series contains maps of Savannah and Bonaventure Cemetery and an unidentified aerial photograph.



222Map of Savannah with number lots, incomplete (very poor condition)



223Map of Bonaventure Cemetery (very poor condition)



124Unidentified aerial view of coastline, photograph