1730s through the 1950s, the square was also known as The Market Square. It served as a center of commerce for many Savannahians. Prior to December 1864, it was also the site of a slave market.
In 1954, the market building, and entire square was demolished to make way for a parking garage. Then in 2004, the 50-year lease ended for the garage ended and planning began to restore the square. The project included the recreation of Ellis Square as a community green space and an underground parking facility.
Ellis Square and City Market officially reopened after a dedication ceremony March 11, 2010. In today’s City Market you will find unique restaurants, shops, art studios and more.