Spencer Proudfoot Shotter

Spencer Proudfoot Shotter

Birth
Wellington, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
Death 8 Dec 1920 (aged 64–65)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 123438618 · View Source
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In 1897, Spencer Proudfoot Shotter, Chairman of the Board of American Naval Stores, purchased the Greenwich Plantation. Located on the beautiful Wilmington River just east of downtown Savannah, the plantation was originally created by combining farm lots, which were King’s grants from King George II of England.
Discussions of Greenwich Plantation often compare it in size and opulence to Cornelius Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House in Asheville, NC.
Shotter’s mansion was accented by an elegant white marble fountain, tidal pool, and manicured gardens of exotic plant specimens and ancient statuary. Prominent Beaux Art architects, Carrère and Hastings, were hired to build the Greenwich Mansion.
Their work includes the Cairnwood Mansion (Bryan Athyn, Pa.); Arden Mansion (Harriman, NY.); Bellefontaine Mansion (Lenox, Mass.); Bagatelle Mansion (Old Westbury, NY.); Whitehall Mansion (Palm Beach, Fla.); as well as the interiors of such well known places as the Russell Senate Office Building, New York Public Library, and Metropolitan Opera House (razed in 1967).
Once the mansion was completed, great balls & yachting parties were held there, and movie scenes were filmed, including "Stolen Moments,”(silent film-1920) with such stars as Rudolph Valentino and Mary Pickford. The film was principally shot at the Greenwich Plantation mansion in Savannah, which was considered the most magnificent, privately owned estate in the entire South. Had the mansion survived the fire that destroyed it in 1923, it surely would be an attraction to rival the Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House.
Some of the statuary seen in the movie "Stolen Moments" now resides as part of the Telfair Museum collection in downtown Savannah. Today, the ornate fountain and an artificial tidal pool remain in place as a reminder of the grandeur which once was Greenwich. (contributor STEVE BEATY 47074500)


Gravesite Details Data extracted from City of Savannah Burial Information

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  • Created by: Fletcher
  • Added: 14 Jan 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 123438618
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Spencer Proudfoot Shotter (1855–8 Dec 1920), Find a Grave Memorial no. 123438618, citing Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Fletcher (contributor 47100597) .