Economic Impact Report

Historic Preservation in the Economy and
Life of Savannah and Chatham County


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“Beyond Tourism” verifies preservation as an important cog within Savannah’s larger economic engine, and the data and findings prove that preservation’s impacts are significant in their own right—distinct from tourism dollars. A limited number of copies of the 60-page report are available for sale at a cost of $15.00 each. If you want you want your copy sent via USPS, there will be an additional $5.00 postage and handling cost per copy.

Please click here to purchase your copy today,
or you may call the HSF office at 912-233-7787.

HSF and Meldrim Row

HSF partners with City of Savannah to preserve blighted historic property located in historic Meldrim Row.

A historic two-story structure, dating back to the 1800s, has been rescued from the wrecking ball thanks to a partnership between Historic Savannah Foundation and the City of Savannah. Click on the links below to learn more!




City, Historic Savannah Partner To Preserve Building – The Savannah Tribune 3/4/15
A win for preservation, community on MLK – Savannah Morning News 3/1/2015
Savannah to restore historic structure amid police station construction – Savannah Morning News 2/27/2015
City of Savannah partners with HSF to restore, repurpose historic building – WTOC 2/27/2015
Plan To Save Home On Site Of New Central Precinct Building – WSAV 2/27/2015
City of Savannah to build new Central Police Precinct – WJCL 2/27/2015

2014 Annual Appeal Donors

HSF would like to thank everyone who made a contribution to the Annual Appeal. Your assistance demonstrates your commitment to preserving what makes Savannah unique.


Mrs. Emma Adler
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew K. Albert
Mr. and Mrs. John Bishop
Mrs. Martha Blessington-Padilla
Dr. and Mrs. Chad Brock
Mr. Donald Callahan and Mr. Mark O. Conway
Mr. Gary Capen
Mrs. Katherine Chisholm
Colonial Group, Inc.
In memory of Rich Crane
Mr. and Mrs. Glen M. Darbyshire
In honor of Helen Downing
Dulany Industries, Inc.
Susan Erickson
Mr. and Mrs. Gary H. Ford
Gardner Family Foundation
Ms. Alison K. Garnjost
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar L. T. Gay
Dr. Theodora L. Gongaware
Mr. Vincent J. Green III
Mr. Jimmie F. Gross
Mr. Robert L. Harrison
Mr. Doug Jacobs
Mr. and Mrs. Leftwich Kimbrough
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Kole
Lewis Leonard and Patricia Stringer
Mr. Angus C. Littlejohn, Jr.
Ms. Jill Lockwood
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Lyman
Mrs. Wallace Lynah
Karen and Sal Martorelli
Leah and Seth Michalak
Mrs. Gay S. Morison
In honor of Jean Morrison and Greg Knott
Mrs. Kathryn A. Murph
Cheri and Mark Nichols
Brooke Nunn
Mr. Allan Peakes
Mr. A. M. Peterson
Col. And Mrs. Henry Reed
Dr. and Mrs. Carl Rosengart
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Sirlin
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Smith
Amy and Christian Sottile
In honor of Christian Sottile
Mrs. Maria T. Sparkman
Mr. Wayne Spear and Mr. Murray Perlman
Mr. and Mrs. Hue Thomas IV
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Tucker
In memory of Ethel Brannen White
Mr. and Mrs. Pendleton P. White
In memory of Raymond Douglas Wood

Support our Annual Appeal!

Click the image below to see our 2014 Annual Report!

Dear HSF Supporter:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Staff of Historic Savannah Foundation, we extend sincere thanks for your support of our mission and operations in 2014. Thanks to your generosity, HSF exceeded the matching grant pledge which makes this Annual Appeal the most successful to date. THANK YOU!


There are 52 weeks in a year and HSF packed each one with success—even in the path of an array of hurdles. From challenges to the Height Map and a green light for more hotels along River Street to the sale of half of Broughton Street to a private developer, HSF was up to its neck in issues. And from our Revolving Fund’s purchase and sale of endangered buildings along Whitaker Street to a well-received Realtor training workshop, we went a long way towards fulfilling our mission. In the Chinese tradition, 2014 was the Year of the Horse. Given all we accomplished this past year, we think it’s appropriate because HSF was a workhorse! In Chinese lore, the horse is one who makes unremitting efforts to improve oneself. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted and able. We agree. And we continue to plod along.

We’re not taking credit for ourselves. We’re acknowledging and thanking you—our members and supporters—for giving us the necessary horsepower to make 2014 a success. Your encouragement, your resources, your helping hands, and your belief in us propels us forward. As you read this report of 52 successes and 12 outstanding highlights, do so with pride because you helped all of this happen in one form or another. If you were a docent at the Davenport House; if you donated to our Annual Appeal; if you helped during Preservation Festival; if you bought a ticket to our Gala; if you helped clean up a veteran’s cottage on Henry Lane; or if you helped pick up litter in Cuyler-Brownville…you advanced HSF.

Thank you for the confidence you placed in us and our programs. Preservation is a chore…like plowing a field. Hold the reins tight, keep a straight line and press on from sunup to sundown. It’s hard work, but we never tire because you are with us every step of the way.


Kathy Horne
Chair, Board of Trustees
Daniel G. Carey
President & CEO

2014 HSF Annual Meeting

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2014 has been, and continues to be, a remarkable year at HSF and it’s because of our many dedicated volunteers that we can tip our hats to success. Our much anticipated 2014 Annual Meeting will focus on celebrating our volunteers who have enable HSF to fulfill its mission. This year’s meeting will be hosted in a commemorative fashion on the grounds of Mother Mathilda Beasley Park and will have the makings of a great party following a short business program. Please mark your calendars and join us for this special occasion.



When: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Where: Mother Mathilda Beasley Pavilion & Park, 500 East Broad Street
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Beer, Wine, and Live Music
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