Young talent serves as first line of defense on enforcing HSF’s more than 420 facade easements.
(SAVANNAH, GA) Historic Savannah Foundation welcomed six new summer interns to its staff this week. The preservationists-in-training will be tasked with helping the foundation monitor compliance with the facade easement requirements in place on the approximately 420 historic properties in downtown Savannah that HSF has helped save.
“Our intern program packs a double punch. Not only are we doing our part to prepare the next generation of preservationists with real-world experience, but we are also adding dedicated personnel to our ongoing commitment to ensuring that past promises to protect historic properties are being honored,” said Sue Adler, president and CEO of Historic Savannah Foundation. “Programs like this, which serve two vital purposes, are an ideal investment for organizations like Historic Savannah Foundation – which, like most nonprofits, has only begun to recover from the funding and membership slumps of the pandemic.”
An easement is one of the most effective tools for preserving historic properties. The easement is a binding legal agreement which requires the homeowner to maintain the property in a certain physical condition which serves to preserve the historic fabric of the property. In HSF’s instance, these are primarily facade easements, which limit the changes property owners can make to the exterior of a structure.
“Our interns are trained to inspect the properties and note any physical changes to the building due to wear, weathering, deterioration, or neglect. The inspection reports are then sent to the homeowner with suggestions and tips on how best to make the necessary and required improvements. We encourage homeowners to contact HSF for advice and recommendations for bringing their property into compliance with the terms of the easement,” said Kimberly Newbold, HSF’s education and research associate.
The 2023 summer interns are students from local schools including Savannah College of Art and Design and Savannah Early College High School.
ABOUT HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION
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 420 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.