HSF’s 60th Anniversary

February 2nd, 2015

Diamond Anniversary Kick-Off

60th Anniversary-carol bellHSF kicked off our diamond anniversary with an event at the Kennedy Pharmacy last week for community leaders, dignitaries and HSF past presidents.

“HSF should be commended for 60 years of service to Savannah because, dare I say, this city would be a much different place were it not for their intervention,” said Alderman Carol Bell. “But equally important to looking back and recognizing their deeds, we should look forward to make sure we include HSF to help protect and plan for Savannah’s next 60 years.” read more…

Revolving Fund Update

February 2nd, 2015

2015-01-17 11.02.06What has 56 arms and legs, 14 strong backs and 1 big heart of gold?  The volunteer crew that helped HSF clean up its newest Revolving Fund property in the Thomas Square Streetcar Historic District!  A chilly Saturday morning in January did not dissuade an intrepid group from descending on 2313 Whitaker Street for some good old-fashioned labor.  Lots of elbow grease scraped decades old paint off of windows, friendly ‘furniture movers’ removed remnant debris from inside the old house, and a team of sweepers and gatherers cleaned up the yard from stem to stern…including underneath the house which had become makeshift digs for overnight guests in the area.  We filled a dumpster full of stuff and hung our banner on the front porch—all in just a half-day.  HSF will now prepare and market the property for sale, so stay tuned for a Call for Offers and an upcoming Open House. read more…

2015 Seacrest Race for Preservation

February 2nd, 2015

DSC01725The 9th Annual Seacrest Race for Preservation is just around the corner and is the perfect opportunity to see Savannah and the work of HSF in action. Mark your calendars for February 28th! The 10k (6.2 mile) and 5k (3.1 mile)  courses, beginning in Forsyth Park at 8 AM, winds its way through 5 distinct historic districts and features many streets lined with moss-covered oaks and blooming azaleas. The run has become one of Historic Savannah Foundation’s most anticipated events as participants enjoy the still cool temperatures and get to experience the colors and fragrances of spring in some of our most beautiful historic neighborhoods. The event is among the top 10 races in savannah and is featured in Fleet Feet’s Fabulous 14 Run Series!  Whether you’re running the 5k or 10k, participating in the Stroller Division, walking in the 5k, or running as a team this is a fantastic way to see our beautiful city and support HSF’s mission to preserve and protect Savannah’s heritage through advocacy education and community involvement! For more details please visit our race page on www.myHSF.org.

We’ll see you at the starting line on February 28th! read more…

Preservation Summit

February 2nd, 2015

hay houseHSF staff bugged out of Savannah and went to Macon in January…to participate in the annual statewide Preservation Summit co-hosted by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historic Preservation Division (part of Georgia DNR).  Danielle Meunier and Daniel Carey joined two dozen professionals from around the state at the Hay House for a full day of meetings and reports about the state of preservation in Georgia.  Topics of particular interest and relevance to Savannah discussed at the meeting were: 1) the HPD’s budget prospects in the current legislative session, 2) the status of the State Tax Incentives Program which administers the rehab tax credits, and 3) other legislative items that might impact preservation. read more…

John M. Fowler Lecture

February 2nd, 2015

Head of the U.S. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to Speak Feb. 10

John M. Fowler, executive director of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, will speak about the council’s responsibilities as the principal body that advises the President and Congress on national preservation policy in a lecture Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the SCAD Museum of Art theater.   Following Fowler’s remarks, HSF’s President, Daniel Carey, and Ellen Harris, director of urban planning and historic preservation for the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission, will join to contribute a Savannah focus to the conversation.

 Fowler’s presentation, “The Art of Preservation and Politics” will highlight how federal policy has shaped preservation in Savannah, the ACHP Affordable Housing Policy Statement that came out of an ACHP meeting in Savannah and current efforts to build a more inclusive preservation program. “We are very fortunate to have John join us in Savannah and share insights about the council and its influence on federal programing and spending in support of preservation,” said Jeff Eley, chair of SCAD’s historic preservation department.  This lecture and conversation are part of SCAD’s School of Building Arts lecture series and is free and open to the public.

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