The front Bell Tower Loft was completed in 2010 and (obviously!) gets it's name from the restored bell tower that anchors the building at the corner of W. Duffy and Barnard. Like it's sister Loft next door (Inner Sanctuary Loft), the Bell Tower Loft is full of original details combined with modern design features. Throughout the space the commitment to preserve the past is evident.
Great care has been taken to accentuate the original craftsmanship, such as the soaring sloped ceilings in the church’s original sanctuary, while attending to the needs of modern life. The original ceiling and support columns provided the framework for a minimalist design concept - further accentuating the remarkable Victorian-era craftsmanship. The stained glass creates a welcoming allure of light in different combinations throughout the day making the Bell Tower Loft ideal for entertaining or just relaxing with a book. There are two bedrooms and two baths - both beds are queen. The first floor bathroom has a walk-in tile shower, the top floor bath has a large cast-iron tub. The Bell Tower Loft is fully equipped for cooking and stocked with the comforts of home. Savannah’s beautiful Forsyth Park is just around the corner less than a five minute walk. If you want fresh air a little closer to home, the Bell Tower Loft has a side door which leads to an inner courtyard that brings the historic feel of Savannah to life. Overall, the juxtaposition of the old and new creates a comfortable balance, giving the Bell Tower Loft the true feel of a home.
Restoration began in 2005 and the Inner Sanctuary Loft was completed in 2008 winning the Savannah Historic Preservation Award that same year. The exterior sides, covered with stucco, were refitted with cyprus siding. The original vintage pine was reclaimed from the roof and sides and used for flooring on the upper levels. The flying buttresses and bell-tower, both missing for decades, were reconstructed from historic photographs.
The Inner Sanctuary Loft is a three-level living space that is flooded with light from front to back with soaring ceilings from the original church sanctuary seating area and beautiful stained glass windows that bring a rainbow of light into each area of the loft. The original stained-glass were surviving memorials from the original church and about 50% of those memorials were retained during renovations with the remaining stained glass repaired to match the existing windows. This tri-level loft with two bedrooms and convertible sofa on middle-level, center platform - sleeps six. The Loft has two-and-a-half baths including a walk-in shower off of the ground level master bedroom and a beautiful cast-iron tub to soak in off the third-level bathroom. Under the soaring ceilings are living spaces for gatherings and TV viewing on one end and a dining area on the other that are both open to the center kitchen area. The Inner Sanctuary Loft is thoughtfully appointed and well stocked with home comforts. This dwelling is unique in Savannah and provides a true "getaway experience."