Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Savannah exist from 1884-1973. The maps were designed to assist fire insurance agents in determining the hazard associated with a particular property and therefore show the size, shape, and construction of dwellings, commercial buildings, and factories, as well as fire walls, locations of windows and doors, sprinkler systems, sewer systems, and types of roofs. The maps also indicate widths and names of streets, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. Base maps of the city were produced periodically. In editions after 1916, alterations to properties that occurred between versions were recorded with pasted-on revision slips.*
For information about reading Sanborn maps, click here for a guide from the Library of Congress.
Sanborn Maps were donated by the Metropolitan Planning Commission to the Municipal Archives in August, 2021. RS 8126-007.
*Adapted from the Library of Congress' "Introduction to the Sanborn Map Collection." To read more of the "Introduction to the Sanborn Map Collection," click here
Credit: The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Savannah, Georgia collection was donated by the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission.
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