When it opened in 1938, The Greyhound Bus Depot at 109 MLK represented a sleek departure for the depression era South with its Art Moderne design. Today, this structure remains a unique and indelible landmark on Savannah’s historic cityscape and it is still the place for people to be graciously transported, not in time, but in style, culture and space.
The uniqueness of the design is in its balance of thoughtfully and strategically preserving the architecture of the past while delivering a most distinctively modern and bespoke experience. The façade, restored to its original form, boasts a new identity. The former café, now diner bar, has a sense of the past inherent in its reimagined details. The old ticket booth now serves up glimpses into the soul of the operation. The former waiting room is now transformed by the addition of a bar at the center terminal gate, in which the pass thru window at the back serves up cocktails to the yard. Across the room, a new window offers a unique view to a private dining room, formerly the women’s shower room. And in the same fashion, as one descends into the cellar, the bus driver bunk room is now a wine cellar, and the boiler room has become yet another private dining experience.
The Grey pays homage to the past in its design details, sophisticated hues and ageless fixtures, yet articulates its modern sensibility and focus on community in a setting that is unapologetically Southern, fashionable and timeless.