Savannah Square Spotlight: Monterey Square

Located one block north from Forsyth Park between Taylor and Gordon streets. on Bull, you’ll find Monterey Square. This picturesque square features verdant greenery and a marble monument to Casimir Pulaski. 

The square was created in 1847 and named in honor of the United States’ victory in the 1846 Battle of Monterey during the Mexican American War. In the center of the square, you’ll find the gated monument to Casimir Pulaski.

Of Polish nationality, Pulaski was a general in the American Continental Army who died in the Siege of Savannah during the Revolutionary War. The monument was designed by sculptor Robert Eberhard Launitz, and it was erected in 1854. It features a bronze bas relief showing the moment of Pulaski’s death as well as a coat of arms of Poland and another of Georgia. Standing 55 feet tall, the monument is topped with a statue of liberty, and Pulaski’s remains are interred at the monument. 

There are two plaques about Pulaski and the monument in the square, but there’s more history to explore at Monterey. The square is also home to Congregation Mickve Israel, which is the third oldest Jewish congregation in America, having been founded in 1733. The synagogue was constructed in 1820, making it the first synagogue to be built in Georgia. It features gothic style architecture and is one of very few throughout the nation.

Lastly, the Comer House, which Confederate President Jefferson Davis spent some time at, is also located on Monterey. This shaded square has a lot to offer to inquisitive passersby looking to learn about Savannah’s rich history. So, find some time to enjoy the idyllic scenery at Monterey Square, and read the historical plaques while there.