2205 & 2207 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The Thorpe House
The Thorpe House was built in 1901. The first tenants of this simple late-Victorian house were Adoniram J. Thorpe and his wife Effie. A.J. was the manager of the Singer Sewing Machine Co. Records indicate the Thorpe Family lived in the house for nearly six decades. By the year 2000, the house was vacant and boarded up, and has remained such for 20 years now. An identical home once stood next door at 2207 MLK. That house, immediately adjacent to the Thorpes, burned in 2012 and was torn down the following year. 2205 MLK sustained damage from the fire. Despite the damage, the house retains some impressive historic elements such as hardwood floors throughout, pocket doors, wainscotting, and an impressive main staircase with diagonal tongue & groove details.
The house is being sold in as-is condition. HSF is looking for a preservation-minded buyer to rehabilitate this property as affordable housing for low to moderate income individuals (those making $50,000 or less a year). Potential buyers shall have the option to rehab the property as a single-family home, or as a duplex. (Duplex conversion must be sensitive to the existing floor plan and interior historic fabric.) The property will be sold with a conservation easement in perpetuity, granting HSF oversight of the rehab; and future alterations, repairs, and maintenance. Interested parties can submit an RFP by clicking ‘Download RFP Form’ or ‘Apply Online’.
2207 MLK is a developable lot. HSF is requiring the potential buyer of this property to construct a replica house based on the floor plans and elevations of 2205 MLK. Materials shall be in-kind replicas of 2205 MLK.
Minimum bid $60,000 (These two properties are being sold together. Individual offers will not be considered.) The deadline to submit a proposal is 5 p.m. Friday, January 29, 2021.
If you have any questions about the process or property, please contact the Director of Preservation & Historic Properties, Ryan Arvay, at rarvay@myHSF.org.
HSF’s Revolving Fund Committee will review proposals using a 100-point scoring system based on the following: bid amount (25 points); past experience with historic properties (25 points); intended end-use and preservation plan (25 points); committee discretion based on their knowledge and experience with projects of this kind (25 points).
The deadline for submitting complete bid packages is 5 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021. Offers can be submitted on-line or by mail to HSF’s office @ 321 E. York St., Savannah, GA 31401