NEXT SESSION OF HSF’s “PEOPLE, PLACES
AND STORIES” LECTURE SERIES FOCUSES
ON REPURPOSING HISTORIC MATERIALS

SAVANNAH, GA – MAY 11, 2022 – Historic Savannah Foundation will host Mae Bowley, Executive Director of Re:Purpose Savannah, as the next presenter in the “People, Places and Stories that Define Savannah” lecture series. The presentation, titled “Deconstruction & Preservation: Reclaiming History One Board at a Time,” is set for Thursday, May 19, 2022. Bowley will talk about how the inherent value in a historic structure goes beyond the object itself. There is great value in the history of a structure, in the stories of the lives that passed through its walls, and in the heritage materials from which it was built. She will also share with attendees how the Re:Purpose Savannah team provides conscientious treatments for historic buildings at the end of their life cycle.

Bowley earned two Bachelor of Art degrees in graphic design and classical archaeology from Florida State University. She earned a Master of Art in art education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently working on a certificate in historic preservation from Savannah Technical College. Her professional background includes creative director for a manufacturing firm, market manager for an urban farm, and principal in her own marketing consultancy for creative startups, Bowley Creative.

“Mae’s work positively impacts our local and global environments by reducing the harmful effects of demolition on the health of our neighborhoods. She and her team divert large quantities of waste from landfills and transform it into community resources,” HSF Education and Research Associate Kimberly Newbold said. “It’ll be fascinating to hear about how Re:Purpose Savannah pays special attention to historic materials, particularly ‘old-growth’ lumber that can be found in historic structures like the ones we often work to save.”

Bowley’s lecture, held at the Murray C. Perlman and Wayne Spear Preservation Center at 323 E. Broughton St., is free for HSF members and $10 for non-members. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. with a pre-lecture gathering at 5:30 p.m. to socialize and enjoy a glass of wine. Members may RSVP for the May 19th lecture by emailing Kimberly Newbold at knewbold@myhsf.org. The $10 nonmember registration fee can be paid by visiting HSF’s website, www.myhsf.org.

For more information on the “People, Places and Stories that Define Savannah” lecture series, contact Newbold at 912-483-7294. For information about other HSF events, please visit myhsf.org or call 912-233-7787, and follow HSF on their social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading nonprofit preservation and cultural institution, saves buildings, places, and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future. Following its formation in 1955, the organization started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties, now totaling nearly 410 buildings throughout several of Savannah’s historic districts. HSF continues to build capacity within its operations, secure new financial resources, improve its image and visibility, and increase public policy efforts to protect Savannah’s historic districts. For more information about the work of the Historic Savannah Foundation, visit www.myhsf.org.

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For media inquiries, please contact Hollie Barnidge at hollie@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-272-8651 or Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950 or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).

HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION OFFICIALLY CLOSES ON KIAH HOUSE, ASSUMES OWNERSHIP

SAVANNAH, GA – April 26, 2022 – On Monday, April 25, Historic Savannah Foundation took a big step toward providing a happy ending for the Virginia Jackson Kiah House, which has been vacant for 20 years as a contested probate process kept the building’s fate in limbo. HSF is now proud to announce they’ve officially closed on the property and have assumed ownership.

The closing marked the culmination of a quiet but persistent two-year effort on HSF’s part to save the deteriorating home of Kiah, a celebrated artist, educator, and activist who died in December 2001. The nonprofit organization first secured a contract to purchase this endangered landmark in July 2020, after a year of correspondence and negotiation with the estate’s attorney. Over the past two years, HSF’s leadership has been in constant communication with the legal team handling the probate process.

Virginia Jackson Kiah was an accomplished African-American artist who moved to Savannah with her husband Calvin in the early 1950s. Segregation laws still in effect at that time prevented Kiah from enjoying the museums she had longed since childhood to visit across the Southern United States. And exhibiting her own work was certainly not an option.  

Undeterred, she founded her own museum in 1959 inside her home at 505 W. 36th St. in Savannah, where she welcomed all visitors and featured artwork by a variety of artists, regardless of race. It became a popular community gathering place, drawing artists, politicians, entertainers and, of course, the general public. 

HSF has not yet determined the Kiah House’s new use, but their leadership hopes to develop a plan that serves the community and honors Kiah’s memory.

“Historic Savannah Foundation is very happy to finally close on the Kiah House. For now, we are relieved to have the property under HSF’s umbrella so that we can protect it in perpetuity,” HSF President & CEO Sue Adler said. 

For future announcements and plans regarding the Kiah House, please follow HSF on their social media accounts – including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn – and visit the website at myhsf.org. 

Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading nonprofit preservation and cultural institution, saves buildings, places, and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future. Following its formation in 1955, the organization started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties, now totaling nearly 410 buildings throughout several of Savannah’s historic districts. HSF continues to build capacity within its operations, secure new financial resources, improve its image and visibility, and increase public policy efforts to protect Savannah’s historic districts. 

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For media inquiries, please contact Hollie Barnidge at hollie@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-272-8651 or Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950 or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).

HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION SLATED TO HOST PRESERVATION AWARDS ON MAY 5

SAVANNAH, GA – April 15, 2022 – Historic Savannah Foundation will kick off its monthlong celebration of preservation in May with the annual Historic Preservation Awards at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at the Charles H. Morris Center, located at 10 E. Broad St. HSF will present awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in preservation in Savannah and Chatham County. The event – designed to let attendees enjoy a fun, celebratory evening amongst friends – will include cocktails, a food truck, and plenty of networking opportunities. 

Previous Historic Preservation Award winners have included Plant Riverside, the Starland Rehabilitation Project, the Mercer Williams House, and the Ward Mausoleum in Laurel Grove Cemetery, among many others. In addition to the Preservation Awards given out to individuals, organizations and projects, HSF will also present the Nichola Parker Coe Volunteer of the Year Award.

“This will be such an enjoyable, relaxing evening – a classic Savannah night spent celebrating preservation, mingling, and sampling delicious food and drinks. HSF is excited to bring everyone together again to commemorate what makes our city so special,” Events & Development Associate Colleen Reynolds said. “We hope you’ll join us on May 5 for the fun! 

Established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Month is co-sponsored by local preservation groups, state historical societies, business and civic organizations across the country. Throughout May, many events are planned to promote historic places for the purpose of instilling national and community pride, promoting heritage tourism, and showing the social and economic benefits of historic preservation. In addition to the awards, HSF is also planning a Realtors’ Historic Preservation Leadership Course and a Wine and Trolley Tour in May.

HSF Preservation Month sponsors include: Corcoran Austin Hill Realty, United Community Bank, Felder & Associates, CS HURD Electrical Contracting, Landmark Preservation, Brooks Construction Group, LLC, Ethos Preservation, Ogeechee Heating & Air Inc, Cabretta Capital, Holton Plumbing, Tharpe Engineering Group, Carroll Construction, K Machine Industrial Services, and Wright Square Bistro.  We thank our In-Kind Sponsors: The Green-Meldrim House, Alpha Graphics Savannah, Lesley Francis PR, Bay Street Cabaret and Savannah Bike Tours.

Tickets to the Preservation Awards are available for purchase by calling 912-233-7787 or visiting https://www.myhsf.org/events/. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or patron for Preservation Month events can call Colleen Reynolds  912-233-7787 or email creynolds@myhsf.org 

Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading nonprofit preservation and cultural institution, saves buildings, places, and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future. Following its formation in 1955, the organization started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties, now totaling nearly 410 buildings throughout several of Savannah’s historic districts. HSF continues to build capacity within its operations, secure new financial resources, improve its image and visibility, and increase public policy efforts to protect Savannah’s historic districts. For more information about the work of the Historic Savannah Foundation, visit www.myhsf.org.

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For media inquiries, please contact Hollie Barnidge at hollie@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-272-8651 or Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950 or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).

HSF TO HOST RIBBON CUTTING FOR NEW PRESERVATION CENTER, KENNEDY PHARMACY RESTORATION

SAVANNAH, GA – APRIL 13, 2022 Historic Savannah Foundation will host a ribbon-cutting and grand-opening ceremony to commemorate the completion of the Murray C. Perlman & Wayne C. Spear Preservation Center as well as the restoration of the Kennedy Pharmacy. The community is invited to join HSF for the celebratory event at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 26 at the pharmacy, located at 323 E. Broughton St. in Savannah. 

HSF President and CEO Sue Adler encourages the public to attend, as HSF is eager to celebrate the momentous occasion – one that has been a couple years in the making. Contractors broke ground on the projects in December 2020. The center and the pharmacy restoration were designed by Felder & Associates, LLC architectural firm, led by firm founder and Managing Principal Architect Brian Felder, who is also a previous chairman of HSF’s Board of Trustees. The work was completed by Brooks Construction, led by Josh Brooks, the board’s immediate past president.

“We are thrilled to finally open the doors to the Preservation Center – a beautiful new community resource – and welcome our members, supporters, friends and visitors,” Adler said. “With the help of HSF’s project partners, Felder & Associates, LLC, Brooks Construction and DMDG2, and the support of our donors, members and board of directors, this multi-faceted project has come to life beautifully.” 

The new Preservation Center contains an educational space for visitors that may be used for exhibits or a meeting area, and the Kennedy Pharmacy renovation includes the relocated Davenport House Museum (DHM) gift shop, tour ticketing area, restrooms, and  offices for DHM staff. The renovation is historically accurate to Kennedy Pharmacy’s original 1890 layout and will be maintained by HSF. 

Felder elaborated on the research and collaboration that went into the project.
“For this design, we looked at existing small retail buildings in the Historic District for inspiration. Because of the position of the lot and the understanding that this space needed to integrate seamlessly with the surrounding historic building, our team focused more on structures facing secondary streets or lanes, and we are pleased with the result. Expanses of glass windows allow views of Habersham Street, Columbia Square, and the Davenport House. This meeting space will be highly functional as well as visually striking. We worked closely with Doug Mund of DMDG2, a museum and exhibit designer, who was instrumental in the design of the ground floor gift shop, as well as programming for the new multi-purpose space.  Our team is proud to preserve the unique history of Savannah and design a building that both enhances the block and fits in aesthetically with the structures surrounding it.”

Josh Brooks agreed with Felder’s sentiment, stating that his team enjoyed their role in the project as well.

“Brooks Construction Group was honored to be a part of such a landmark project for HSF and our city.  The incredible staff at HSF was a joy to work with, and we are proud to support their worthy mission in keeping our city authentic and beautiful. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the restoration of the Kennedy Pharmacy and new Preservation Center,” Brooks said.

Gregori Anderson, head of HSF’s building committee and the board parliamentarian, looks forward to seeing this phase of the project completed, and acknowledged everyone who has made it possible. 

“I am excited about the completion of the first phase of the Preservation Center/Kennedy Pharmacy project. For the tremendous effort of the donors, staff, architect, contractor, and volunteers, I am also very thankful,” Anderson said.

Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading nonprofit preservation and cultural institution, saves buildings, places, and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future. Following its formation in 1955, the organization started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties, now totaling nearly 410 buildings throughout several of Savannah’s historic districts. HSF continues to build capacity within its operations, secure new financial resources, improve its image and visibility, and increase public policy efforts to protect Savannah’s historic districts. 

To learn more about HSF and its other upcoming events, or to become a member, please visit www.myhsf.org or call 912-233-7787, and follow HSF on their social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading nonprofit preservation and cultural institution, saves buildings, places, and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future. Following its formation in 1955, the organization started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties, now totaling nearly 410 buildings throughout several of Savannah’s historic districts. HSF continues to build capacity within its operations, secure new financial resources, improve its image and visibility, and increase public policy efforts to protect Savannah’s historic districts. 

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For media inquiries, please contact Hollie Barnidge at hollie@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-272-8651, or Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950, or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).

HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES EVENTS FOR 2022 PRESERVATION MONTH 

SAVANNAH, GA – APRIL 11, 2022 Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) will lead the observance of Preservation Month in May with three unique events that celebrate the art of preservation and exhibit its significant impact on the past, present and future of Savannah. 

HSF will kick off Preservation Month on Thursday, May 5 with their annual Historic Preservation Awards at the Charles Morris Center, located at 10 E. Broad Street. The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include a food truck, an awards presentation, and networking opportunities. These awards are designed to recognize those who demonstrate excellence in preservation efforts in Savannah and Chatham County. 

The second Preservation Month event will be a Realtors’ Historic Preservation Leadership Course on May 13 at Thompson Hotel, located at 201 Port Street, Savannah, GA 31401. This will be a half-day CEU course for realtors, title abstractors, or anyone in related fields to educate them on topics related to historic preservation so they, and their clients, can become better-informed stewards of historic properties. The course will begin at 8:30am.

To conclude Preservation Month, HSF will host a Wine and Trolley Tour on Friday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. The event is an exciting, reimagined version of the Wine Tasting & Home Tour that always drew big crowds in the past. This year, instead of visiting a few grand homes in one neighborhood, attendees will travel on trolleys to see and learn about many of HSF’s Revolving Fund properties in various historic districts. The Green-Meldrim House will serve as the main event venue, where attendees will enjoy wine, light hors d’oeuvres and live musical entertainment by Bay Street Cabaret before and after heading out on the tours. Two trolleys will travel different loops, each of which contain various stops at HSF Revolving Fund homes. 

“We’re very pleased with the selection of events HSF’s team has put together for Historic Preservation Month. It’s a true celebration of not only historic preservation, but of our community – our supporters, visitors and residents, and everything we’ve been able to accomplish for our beautiful city over the past couple of years.  We are excited to be able to enjoy each other’s company in person and celebrate the importance of historic preservation’s role in our city,” HSF Events & Development Associate  Colleen Reynolds said. 

Tickets for Preservation Month events are available for purchase by calling 912-233-7787 or visiting https://www.myhsf.org/events/. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or patron for Preservation Month events can call Colleen Reynolds  912-233-7787 or email creynolds@myhsf.org 

Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading nonprofit preservation and cultural institution, saves buildings, places, and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future. Following its formation in 1955, the organization started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties, now totaling nearly 410 buildings throughout several of Savannah’s historic districts. HSF continues to build capacity within its operations, secure new financial resources, improve its image and visibility, and increase public policy efforts to protect Savannah’s historic districts. For more information about the work of the Historic Savannah Foundation, visit www.myhsf.org.

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For media inquiries, please contact Hollie Barnidge at hollie@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-272-8651 or Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950 or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).

HSF TO UNVEIL THREE ANNA HUNTER PAINTINGS DONATED BY THE NONPROFIT FOUNDER’S FAMILY

SAVANNAH, GA – March 16, 2022 – To end National Women’s History Month on a high note, Historic Savannah Foundation is celebrating a gift from the past that Savannah residents and visitors will enjoy well into the future. Special treasures donated by the family of one of HSF’s founder, Anna Colquitt Hunter, will soon be unveiled and the community is invited to share in the excitement.

Hunter, who rounded up six like-minded female friends in 1955 to help save HSF’s first-ever Revolving Fund property, the Davenport House, had many interests in addition to preservation. She was a writer, dancer, singer and painter. On March 31, three pieces of her art will return “home” to be displayed at HSF properties as part of a generous donation by Hunter’s grandchildren. 

The three gifted paintings will be unveiled and put on temporary display for viewing at HSF’s headquarters, 321 E. York St., from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31. The public is encouraged to drop by, have a glass of wine, and celebrate the last day of Women’s History Month by enjoying artwork by the woman who is widely credited for starting the movement that saved Savannah. 

After the initial unveiling, one painting will remain in HSF’s headquarters and the other two will be permanently displayed in the new Murray C. Perlman and Wayne C. Spear Preservation Center, which is scheduled to be complete in a few weeks. 

HSF President and CEO Sue Adler expressed gratitude to Anna Hunter’s family for sharing such precious heirlooms with the organization who, in turn, will help to ensure they’re enjoyed by the public.

“We are incredibly grateful to Anna Hunter’s family for donating these beautiful paintings to us. Anna was a gifted artist – among her many talents – and we’re proud to display her work in the buildings that certainly wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for her,” Adler said. “We encourage the community to drop by at 5:30 p.m. March 31 to view the paintings and celebrate the many ways Anna’s work has  contributed to  our wonderful city over the decades.”

To learn more about HSF and its other upcoming events, or to become a member, please visit www.myhsf.org or call 912-233-7787, and follow HSF on their social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading nonprofit preservation and cultural institution, saves buildings, places, and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future. Following its formation in 1955, the organization started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties, now totaling nearly 410 buildings throughout several of Savannah’s historic districts. HSF continues to build capacity within its operations, secure new financial resources, improve its image and visibility, and increase public policy efforts to protect Savannah’s historic districts. For more information about the work of the Historic Savannah Foundation, visit www.myhsf.org.

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For media inquiries, please contact Hollie Barnidge at hollie@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-272-8651 or Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950 or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).

HSF PRESENTS “WOMEN IN PRESERVATION” PANEL DISCUSSION IN HONOR OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

SAVANNAH, GA – March 8, 2022 – In honor of Women’s History Month, Historic Savannah Foundation will host a discussion panel, “Women in Preservation,” Thursday, March 24 as part of its ongoing “People, Places and Stories that Define Savannah” lecture series. The panel will take place at HSF headquarters, located at 321 E. York St., Savannah. The discussion will begin at 6 p.m. with a pre-lecture gathering at 5:30 p.m. to socialize and enjoy a glass of wine.  

The discussion will feature three of Savannah’s most respected women in preservation: Briana Grosicki with Ethos Preservation, Ellie Isaacs with Landmark Preservation Consulting, and Sarah Ward with Ward Architecture + Preservation. 

“Historic Savannah Foundation was started over 60 years ago by a group of seven incredibly determined women, so it’s very fitting that we commemorate Women’s History Month by hosting a panel discussion featuring three of the field’s most respected and renowned female preservationists,” HSF Education and Research Associate Kimberly Newbold said. “We are all excited to honor the contributions women have made to the preservation of our beautiful city and to hear about the experiences our accomplished panelists will share with us.”

This event is open to the public, however space is limited to 25 guests, so reservations are recommended. Attendance is free for HSF members and $10 for non-members. Both members and non-members may RSVP for this event by visiting HSF’s website, www.myhsf.org or by contacting Kimberly Newbold at knewbold@myhsf.org or at 912-483-7294. The $10 nonmember registration fee can be paid via the HSF website. 

To learn more about HSF and its other upcoming events, or to become a member, please visit www.myhsf.org or call 912-233-7787, and follow HSF on their social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.series. 

Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading nonprofit preservation and cultural institution, saves buildings, places, and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future. Following its formation in 1955, the organization started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties, now totaling nearly 410 buildings throughout several of Savannah’s historic districts. HSF continues to build capacity within its operations, secure new financial resources, improve its image and visibility, and increase public policy efforts to protect Savannah’s historic districts. For more information about the work of the Historic Savannah Foundation, visit www.myhsf.org.

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For media inquiries, please contact Hollie Barnidge at hollie@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-272-8651 or Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950 or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).

HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION LAUNCHES MULTI-FACETED AFFORDABLE HOUSING INITIATIVE

SAVANNAH, GA – FEBRUARY 16, 2022 – Historic Savannah Foundation launched its new Affordable Housing Initiative Wednesday, Feb. 16 with a kick-off event designed to celebrate the first phase of the new multi-faceted program. 

The nonprofit preservation organization is addressing the city’s lack of affordable housing in conjunction with a few partner agencies, including the Savannah Dream Maker Home Buyer Assistance Program, the Savannah Landbank Authority, and some private buyers/investors. 

The launch was held at 607 W. 39th St., a small historic home that HSF is rehabilitating to be sold as affordable housing. The house is in Cuyler-Brownville, which is a neighborhood on the west side of Savannah that is part of a locally protected historic district. HSF is working to save and protect vulnerable vacant buildings in the neighborhood, which has lost about 100 historic homes in the last 20 or so years, according to Ryan Arvay, HSF’s Director of Preservation & Historic Properties. This problem is worsening due to a variety of factors.

“It’s mostly because of a high vacancy rate – nearly 30 percent. When absentee property owners don’t maintain their properties, then code compliance officers cite them and issue violations due to valid housing and safety concerns. If a property owner does not rectify or fix the issue then, after a while, code compliance often takes the property to recorder’s court and can appeal to a judge for a court-ordered demolition, which supersedes any local protection. And that’s when historic homes are torn down,” Arvay said. “Other times, a homeowner passes away and leaves no will, or no one to take ownership. Or perhaps, a homeowner does will the home to a relative, but that relative doesn’t have the resources to fix it up.”

Arvay said HSF’s team, led by CEO & President Sue Adler, is committed to avoiding gentrification, which is when improvements to a neighborhood change its character and draw in new businesses and wealthier residents that displace the current inhabitants due to a higher cost of living. 

To combat that, HSF is partnering with the Dream Maker Home Buyer Assistance Program on the West 39th Street home. The program, offered through the City of Savannah’s Housing & Neighborhood Services Department, helps with down payments for qualified low-income, first-time buyers. 

The home was donated to HSF, which is executing the rehabilitation of the property – something they don’t typically do. Instead, when HSF acquires a historic home, they usually stabilize it and sell it to a preservation-minded buyer. As part of the new Affordable House Initiative, however, HSF will be working with LCLS Inc., a minority-owned construction company operated by contractor Freddie Lucas. 

If the refurbishment and sale of this first home goes well, HSF will continue the initiative with subsequent homes in the Cuyler-Brownville neighborhood with the goal of providing more affordable housing options for Savannah’s residents. 

“There is a huge need for affordable housing right now in Savannah, and preservation is actually a good means for providing affordable housing. We have all this unused housing stock just sitting there. So, instead of building more units, we thought, ‘Let’s capitalize on the initial investment of materials, energy, labor and fix these up. Then, we’ll restrict their use to keep them affordable,’” Arvay said. “We won’t sell them any other way.” 

Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading nonprofit preservation and cultural institution, saves buildings, places, and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future. Following its formation in 1955, the organization started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties, now totaling nearly 410 buildings throughout several of Savannah’s historic districts. HSF continues to build capacity within its operations, secure new financial resources, improve its image and visibility, and increase public policy efforts to protect Savannah’s historic districts. For more information, visit www.myhsf.org or call 912-233-7787, and follow HSF on their social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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For media inquiries, please contact Hollie Barnidge at hollie@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-272-8651 or Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950 or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).

HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION OPENS NOMINATIONS FOR 2022 PRESERVATION AWARDS

JANUARY 20, 2022 – SAVANNAH, GA – Nominations are now being accepted for Historic Savannah Foundation’s 2022 Preservation Awards. Each May, HSF celebrates the area’s best preservation projects with a program that recognizes individuals, organizations, and companies who embody and practice excellence in preservation in Savannah and Chatham County.

Historic Savannah Foundation members who have completed a restoration project within the past three years, or who know of a restoration project that may be award-worthy are encouraged to submit a nomination. 

Projects must have been completed within the past three years, and entrants must have the consent of the property owner for a nomination. Self-nominations will be accepted. Nominations that were previously submitted but were not selected to receive an award may be revised, expanded, and resubmitted. To be eligible for an award, nominated projects must have adhered to the applicable Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. For more information on these standards, visit www.nps.gov/tps/standards.htm

The general evaluation criteria include:

1. Quality and degree of difficulty of the nominee’s project or effort.

2. Degree to which the nominee’s project or effort is unusual or pioneering or serves as an example that influences good preservation practices.

3. Demonstrable or measurable impact of nominee’s project on the community.

A jury of local professionals with representation from the fields of architecture, preservation, academia and planning is invited to review nominations for HSF’s Preservation Awards.  

Nominations should fall under at least one of the following categories: restoration, rehabilitation, new construction, stewardship, craftsmanship or archaeology. 

Plant Riverside before[70] Plant Riverside after[62]

Plant Riverside, shown here in “before” and “after” photos, won a 2021 Preservation Award.

The deadline for all award nominations is 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Mailed entries must be postmarked or dropped off at HSF by this date. The application cost is $50 for HSF members. Non-members are asked to join HSF by visiting http://www.myhsf.org/giving/general-membership/ prior to submitting the application. Preservation Award recipients will be notified by the end of March. The nominator or primary contact will be notified for those not selected. Award announcements and presentation will be made at HSF’s Preservation Awards Ceremony in May. Nomination forms can be found at https://www.myhsf.org/what-we-do/preservation-awards/

Mail entries to
Hand-deliver entries to
Historic Savannah Foundation
Historic Savannah Foundation
Attn: Preservation Awards
Attn: Preservation Awards
P.O. Box 1733
321 East York Street
Savannah, GA 31402
Savannah, GA 31401

“Our jury panel looks forward to viewing a diverse selection of nominated projects. These projects all contribute to the preservation of Savannah’s historic resources and the understanding of our city’s history, so it’s an honor to get inside knowledge of how they took shape. Well-executed preservation efforts really do impact the entire community, and we’re grateful that so many in Savannah understand that and support it through their actions,” HSF President and CEO Sue Adler said.

Historic Savannah Foundation saves buildings, places and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future. Following its formation in 1955, HSF started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties, now totaling more than 400 buildings throughout several of Savannah’s historic districts. HSF has grown into one of the most respected local preservation organizations in the country — emphasizing not only the protection of individual historic buildings but also the revitalization of blighted neighborhoods. HSF demonstrates the cultural, social and economic benefits of preservation as good public policy by proving that preservation and progress go hand-in-hand. 

For more information about the awards or Historic Savannah Foundation, please visit www.myHSF.org or contact Kimberly Newbold, Research & Education Associate, at 912-483-7294 or knewbold@myhsf.org. For sponsorship information, please contact Colleen Reynolds, Events & Development Associate, at 912-483-7190 or creynolds@myHSF.org.

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For media inquiries, please contact Hollie Barnidge at hollie@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-272-8651 or Lesley Francis at lesley@francis.com or 912-429-3950 or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).

NEXT SESSION OF HSF’s “PEOPLE, PLACES AND STORIES” LECTURE SERIES FOCUSES ON ARCHAEOLOGY IN SAVANNAH

SAVANNAH, GA – JAN. 5, 2022 – Historic Savannah Foundation will host Rita Elliott, Education Coordinator & Research Associate with The LAMAR Institute, as the next presenter in the “People, Places and Stories that Define Savannah” lecture series. The presentation, titled “Across the Lane: Pharmacy Archaeology on the Corner of Broughton and Habersham” is set for Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. Elliott will share information on HSF-commissioned archeological excavations at the Kennedy Pharmacy site behind the Davenport House Museum—the future site of HSF’s Murray C. Perlman and Wayne C. Spear Preservation Center. These digs have provided a glimpse of late 19th and early 20th century Savannah pharmaceutical and social practices as well as urban life. The pharmacy site excavations also reveal the interesting differentiation from the Davenport House itself regarding time, function, and social class.

Elliott holds a master’s degree in Maritime History and Underwater Research. She is an archaeologist, exhibit designer, and former museum curator with over 30 years of archaeological experience in 14 states, three U.S. territories, and several countries. She has written over 80 monographs and articles. Elliott led crews in the archaeological discovery of the 1779 Savannah Battlefield. She is former Vice Chair of the Georgia National Register Review Board, was named an Honoree by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation/Georgia Commission on Women, and received the Joseph Caldwell Award for Georgia Archaeology, the Georgia Governor’s Award in the Humanities, and a life-time achievement award from the Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution. 

“Rita’s experience in the field of archaeology is extensive and has proven very useful to HSF previously, when uncovering important information about Savannah’s undocumented history. Thanks to Rita and her team, we know more about the pharmacy site’s role in colonial Savannah, 19th century medicine and health. She shows us how archaeology can provide unique historical information about the past without hindering renovations for the future,” HSF Education and Research Associate Kimberly Newbold said.

Elliott’s lecture, held at HSF headquarters at 321 E. York Street, is free for HSF members and $10 for non-members. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. with a pre-lecture gathering at 5:30 p.m. to socialize and enjoy a glass of wine. The event will be open to the public, but space is limited to 25 guests, so reservations are recommended. Members may RSVP for January’s lecture by emailing Justin Bristol at jbristol@myhsf.org. The $10 nonmember registration fee can be paid by visiting HSF’s website, www.myhsf.org. 

For more information on the “People, Places and Stories that Define Savannah” lecture series contact Kimberly Newbold at 912-483-7294. For information about other HSF events, please visit myhsf.org or call 912-233-7787, and follow HSF on their social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading nonprofit preservation and cultural institution, saves buildings, places, and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future. Following its formation in 1955, the organization started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties, now totaling nearly 410 buildings throughout several of Savannah’s historic districts. HSF continues to build capacity within its operations, secure new financial resources, improve its image and visibility, and increase public policy efforts to protect Savannah’s historic districts. For more information about the work of the Historic Savannah Foundation, visit www.myhsf.org.

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