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ERIC MEYERHOFF

Eric Meyerhoff, 91, a partner in the architectural firm whose legacy included Savannah’s Riverfront project, died Tuesday at Hospice Savannah. He was the husband of Savannah native Harriet Cranman Meyerhoff.

Meyerhoff and his late partner, Robert Gunn, were Savannah’s signature architectural duo for more than 40 years, involved in 74 projects in the historic district alone. Their work extended as far as Hawaii.

Most recently, Meyerhoff created Savannah’s World War II monument, “A World Apart,” on River Street. For that monument, whose two spheres represent the Pacific and European theaters of war, he was honored last year by the Jewish War Veterans, Post 320.

Last month he was named one of three Savannahians to receive the Legends, Leaders and Life Well Lived award by Senior Citizens Inc.

Meyerhoff was born March 20, 1929 in Arolsen, Germany and came to America as a young child with his family escaping Nazi Germany. He grew up in Jacksonville FL. During the Korean War he served as a translator with the United States Army in Germany.

He attended the University of Florida where he met his eventual business partner, Robert Gunn. Gunn & Meyerhoff was formed in the late 1950s.

In the 1970s they convinced then Mayor John Rousakis to abandon plans to turn River Street into a giant parking lot, and instead, build a facility for pedestrians. That award-winning project has been included in numerous books and publications. Meyerhoff’s collection of photographs of the Savannah Riverfront Urban Renewal Project of 1977 is in the City of Savannah Archives collection.

The Gunn and Meyerhoff legacy include designs of commercial, residential, institutional, religious and military projects.

Gunn and Meyerhoff was involved with the restoration of many historic buildings, including the Massie Heritage Museum, the Juliette Gordon Low House, the Oliver Sturgess House on Reynolds Square (for which they received national recognition), the conversion of the Central of Georgia Railway station into the Savannah Visitors Center, the First African Baptist Church, the Second African Baptist Church. They designed the contemporary Palmer and Cay building on Johnson Square, the Fahm Street Post Office building, the Fort Jackson restoration and redesigned the Jewish Educational Alliance building on Abercorn Street, to name a few.

Proud Gators, Meyerhoff and Gunn organized the Savannah Gator Club.

Meyerhoff was involved from the beginning with the city’s preservation movement and served on many local boards. He was a member of Rotary East of Savannah, the Jewish Educational Alliance and Congregation Agudath Achim.

More than his many accomplishments and recognitions, Eric Meyerhoff will be remembered for his character. He was open, accepting and caring of his family and the world around him.

Meyerhoff was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Elsie Meyerhoff, a sister, Gertrude Bobroff, and his business partner and best friend, Robert Gunn.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, he is survived by his daughter, Margo (Brooke) of New York; his son, Mark (Tom) of New York; brother-in-law, Dr. Jerard Cranman (Merel) of Atlanta; nephews, Steve Bobroff (Linda), Ben Bobroff (Ashley), both of Gainesville, and Kevin Cranman (Sheila) of Atlanta; nieces, Jean Bobroff, of Knoxville, Lauren Cranman (Alan) of Alexandria and cousins, Charles Katz of Jacksonville, Ruth Heineman, of Atlanta, David Ries (Rebecca) of Atlanta; Patti Ries, of Dallas, and special family Robin Gunn and Rett Gunn of Savannah.

The family expresses appreciation to his excellent doctors, Dr. Mark Murphy, Dr. Ken Hardigan, Dr. Larry Horesh, Dr. Ted Geffen, as well as to his caregivers Latrisse Davis, Stephanie Stevens and Ahora Washington.

Private burial services were conducted by Rabbi Steven Henkin of Congregation Agudath Achim, with memorial services at a later date.

Contributions: Agudath Achim Synagogue, 9 Lee Blvd., Savannah GA 31405; Savannah Jewish Federation Family and Children Services, 5111 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31405 and Rotary East of Savannah, P.O. Box 60822, Savannah GA 31420.

Online Condolences

  1. Renee Lips says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing. He was an an amazing man and father!

  2. Sumner Joan says:

    So sad for your loss. I so enjoyed his dry humor over all these past 45 years since I met you!

  3. Carolyn & Gregori Anderson says:

    Our deepest condolences Harriet, Mark and Margo.
    May GOD give you comfort during this time of loss. We will miss him greatly. Eric was more than a boss, he was a friend.

  4. Jody Peters says:

    Margo, I am so sorry for your loss, what a beautiful legacy your dad leaves. Sending you love and light <3

  5. Anne Horstman says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family of this very special man….I learned so much from him when I served on the Historic District Review Board in the early 1980s…he was an
    integral part of Savannah’s history.

  6. Jan Spillane says:

    Dear Robin and Rett, my heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family over your loss! May his memories console you during this time!

  7. Maxine and Bill Pinson says:

    Dear Harriet,

    Bill and I are deeply saddened by your loss of Eric. We had no idea he was in Hospice.

    We have so many fond memories of Eric and remember well how our Celia always enjoyed him when visiting your home. He was truly an amazing man in so many ways, and we feel blessed to have known him.

    Please don’t hesitate to let me know if there is anything at all I can do to help, in any way, during this sad loss. Please also give our love and sincere condolences to Margo and Mark.

    May your memories of special times with Eric comfort you always, as well as knowing how many individuals also care about you deeply. You will remain in my heart and prayers during the difficult days ahead.

    Maxine

  8. KellyCarson says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. What an incredible gem of a man to have to part with. Much love to you and yours in this hard time.

  9. Gena Taylor says:

    Eric Meyerhoff was a kind gentleman and I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet him. My condolences to his family.

  10. Rett Gunn says:

    A 2nd Dad to us Gunns. He will be sorely missed. Dad and Eric now enjoying a few beers and talking some Gator Football in Heaven, surely now.

  11. Donna Shea says:

    So deeply sorry to learn of Eric’s passing. His smile and support during my time with the Rotary Club of Savannah East are forever in my heart. Eric’s obvious brilliance and talents, his sense of humor, his generosity, and his encouragement of all things positive and loving made the world a better place. We will all miss him very much ❤️

  12. Paul and Carolyn DeLargy says:

    Dear Harriet,
    Paul and I are so saddened by the loss of Eric. What a wonderful man he was! We send you our love and deepest sympathy as you cope with the realities of this trying time.
    Best to you and your children,

  13. Donna Adamson says:

    Dear Harriett and Robin,
    I am so sorry for OUR loss; Eric belonged to this city as his print is everywhere. How fortunate for us that he care so much, and that he had the talent and vision to make Savannah a better place.

  14. Jim Vejar says:

    Dear Harriet
    I am so sorry to hear of Eric’s passing. I was so fortunate to find him to plan our WWII monument. Working with him for the years it took to get approval and eventually see it built was a major milestone in my life. He was truly a professional during all the troubled times we experienced. He never gave up and offered inspiration for all of us on the committee. My best to you and your family. Jim Vejar

  15. Brenda Kenworthy says:

    Dear Harriet,
    Brian and I are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you and your family. All our love, Brenda and Brian

  16. Charles Goldsmith says:

    Harriet, I am very for your loss. What a wonderful obituary and what a great contribution Eric made to Savannah.

  17. JUSTIN A GODCHAUX says:

    A great loss to our entire community.

  18. john l hogshead says:

    Dear Mrs. Meyerhoff and Meyerhoff family:
    I interviewed with Gunn and Meyerhoff as an architectural student back in 1979 and I especially remember meeting Mr. Meyerhoff. I’m remembering their offices were in an old townhouse just off of one of Savannah’s squares (Columbia Square I think, maybe?). After only a couple of minutes from having checked in with their receptionist, to my pleasant surprise, Mr. Meyerhoff came galloping down the stairs to greet me. His warm welcome, his energy and his enthusiasm for life and his craft were an inspiration, and remain so to this day. I will never forget the experience.
    Please accept my sincerest sympathies,
    John Hogshead

  19. JoAnn Benton says:

    Dear Harriet,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Eric was such a sweet man. I will always remember working with him many years ago. He was so kind and patient.

    I wish I could hug you. May his sweet memories give you strength. God bless.

    JoAnn

  20. Suzanne Santiago says:

    Margot and family,

    On behalf of everyone at FCB we send our thoughts and prayers. We are thinking of you.

  21. Joyce Shanks says:

    Dear Harriet,

    What a privilege to have known Eric. You both put a smile on my face each and every time you came to Bella’s. May you be surrounded by friends and family to help you through this difficult time.

  22. Elaine Radetsky says:

    Harriet,
    So sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and the family. What a wonderful legacy for all of Eric’s accomplishments during his life. I wish I could see you and give you a big hug. Take care.
    Love,
    Elaine

  23. Brent Anthony says:

    I respected Eric tremendously and admired his many creations. He was extremely talented and is already missed by the community. As a former co-worker of Harriet I knew her better than him, but of coursed admired them both. God speed.

  24. The Graders says:

    A man of many talents.

  25. Carolyn Sheehan says:

    To Harriet, Margo, Mark & Family, I send you my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences with the loss of Eric. So many wonderful memories of time together when it was Harriet & Eric, Bob & Brenda and Dan & Carolyn. I will always cherish those precious remembrances. Eric left a wonderful legacy, never to be forgotten. Sending you my love and prayers for peace and comfort in the time ahead.

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