July/August Issue 2009 - Historic Savannah Foundation


July/August Issue 2009 - Historic Savannah Foundation

Historic Savannah Foundation

PO Box 1733

321 East York Street

Savannah, GA 31402-1733

T: 912-233-7787

F: 912-233-7706


July/August Issue



Message from the President/ CEO

Destination Savannah Forward


Strategic Planning

Membership Survey Results

Revolving Fund/ MASHH

2009 Gala

2009 Tour of Homes Recap

2009 Garden Expo Recap

Davenport House Report


National Preservation Conference

October 13- 17, 2009

Nashville, TN

18th Annual Gala

October 24, 2009

Calhoun Square

Annual Meeting and Preservation


October 29, 2009

Place and Time: TBA

3rd Annual Seacrest

Race for Preservation 10k/5k

February 27, 2010


Welcome to the first issue of our brand new E-letter! I hope you

enjoy the format, the ease of access and, of course, the content.

We intend this to be—at a minimum—a quarterly production. It will

be an effective and efficient communication tool to reach HSF members

and constituents. I welcome your input, so please give us

feedback. And, most importantly, make sure we have your correct

e-mail address…and those of your family, friends and neighbors.

We want to swell our ranks and include as many e-mail addresses

as possible, so forward this along to others and encourage them to

sign up to receive this regular communiqué.


In reading the Savannah Morning News and keeping an ear to the

ground, one is excited by the many positive things happening in Savannah

and Chatham County. The MLK flyover may actually be demolished

allowing the boulevard a second life. The County has

pledged to move forward with the Truman Linear trail for biking and

walking. Savannah has curbside recycling and the County is talking

of going green. Sustainable Fellwood is starting the second phase

and Hitch Village will get a rebirth.

For Preservation Month, downtown Columbia Ward had a well attended

“meet and greet”. Community leaders who work in the neighborhood

brought residents and businesses together hoping to create

a village type atmosphere and plans to utilize the public space, Columbia

Square. This was a direct outcome of Fred Kent’s message

to us about bringing livability in our community.

The County and the Savannah Tree Foundation are working with

the Historic Beach Neighborhood Association to revitalize Mother

Matilda Beasley Park on East Broad across from Jones Street.

Trees have been planted; there are a dog park, picnic tables, and a

playground. Ultimately, the Mother Matilda Beasley House will be

moved there, the ball park will be upgraded and a pavilion will be

built. All this will create a gathering place for the neighborhood.

2009 Board of Trustees

W. John Mitchell - Chairman

J.T. Turner, Jr. - Vice Chairman

Susie Clinard - Past Chairman

Vaughnette Goode-Walker - Secretary

Denis Blackburne - Treasurer

Mr. Scott Barber

Mrs. Lorraine Boice

Mrs. Elizabeth DuBose

Mr. Jeffrey S. Eley

Mr. Ken Gaylord

Mr. Hugh S. Golson

Mrs. Susan Hancock

Mr. Tommy Hester

Mrs. Kathleen Horne

Mrs. Ann Koontz

Mr. Aaron Levy

Mr. William Lovett

Mr. Daniel Mahfet

Mr. Chris Morrill

Mr. David Paddison

Ms. Anne Roise

Ms. Ebony Simpson

Ms. Lise Sundrla

Mr. Hue Thomas

Dr. Albert Wall

Mr. Franklin Williams

Mr. J. Reid Williamson, Jr.

By Representation:

Mrs. Kim Bockius-Suwyn

Mrs. Jennifer Fana

Mrs. Gloria Harrison

Mr. Randy Kulp

The group of organizations that formed Destination: Savannah Forward

and brought Fred Kent to Savannah have continued to meet

and discuss our community and how we might promote vitality in

our public spaces. You may contact us at:



A complete recap of all of our great events and sponsor information

is available on our website. Another successful preservation month

has come and gone with great success and community participation.

Special thanks to Mopper-Stapen Realtors for their $3,000.00

donation to the Foundation. www.mopper-stapen.com.


HSF’s board spent the better

part of a weekend in a planning

retreat to establish a

new work plan for the organization.

Facilitated by John

Hildreth, Director of the

Southern Office of the National

Trust for Historic

Preservation, the Board of

Trustees established four

new priority goals to guide

the organization over the

next 3-4 years. The four priority goals are: 1) Develop and implement

a marketing plan; 2) Develop and implement a fundraising plan

towards undertaking a comprehensive capital campaign to support

HSF and its programs; 3) Develop and implement a public education

package about HSF specifically and preservation as a whole;

and 4) Improve and deepen relationships with elected officials in Savannah

and Chatham County about HSF specifically and preservation

as a whole.

These new goals provide focus for HSF staff and board, but our mission

remains the same: preserving and protecting Savannah’s heritage

through advocacy, education and community involvement. We

will continue to feature the Davenport House, use our Revolving

Fund and be advocates for preservation in and around

Savannah and Chatham County. But now, we will do so with the

larger picture of education and influence in mind—honing our message,

telling our story and proving our relevance. Preservation is

HSF 1733 Society Members

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Adler

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis G. Anderson

Bistro-Savannah/Garibaldi's Café/

The Olde Pink House

Bloomquist Construction

Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Jefferson Bolch, III

Brennan & Wasden, LLP

Mr. Michael Brown

Chatham Orthopaedics Associates, PA

Ms. Susie Clinard and

Mr. Harley Lingerfelt

The Coastal Bank

Colonial Group, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Critz, Sr.

Critz, Inc.

The Dana Foundation

Darby Bank & Trust Co.

Mr. and Mrs. Glen M. Darbyshire

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Day

Mrs. Edward Downing

Dulany Industries, Inc.

First Chatham Bank

Mr. and Mrs. Don Gardner

Georgia Ports Authority

Georgia Power

Mr. and Mrs. Marco Ghisolfi

Gray Line Savannah

Greenline Architecture


Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung

J.T. Turner Construction Co., Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Jepson, Jr.

Lionstone Wealth Management, LLC

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Lovett

McKibbon Brothers

Minis & Co., Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Moore

Mopper-Stapen Realtors

Mr. and Mrs. Dean F. Morehouse

Mr. and Mrs. Howard J. Morrison, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Oliver

Savannah Morning News

Mrs. Esther Shaver-Harnett and

Mr. David Harnett

not a ‘special interest group.’ What we do is important—both in

and of itself and in the larger sense of making Savannah the beautiful

and economically vibrant place it is. HSF has an important role

to play in keeping it so, and we need to make certain our story it

told and understood.


You may remember our invitation for you to respond to a membership

survey (mailed to you in February). Results were tallied

and used to help form the basis of HSF’s planning retreat—taking

what our members said and adapting our programs and initiatives

along those lines. In several recent presentations, I have highlighted

some findings in the survey. I share these with you below.

• 80% cite commitment to preservation as reason

for joining and retaining membership to HSF

• 61% have been members for >10 years; demon

strates loyalty and HSF's ability to serve them

• 65% feel well informed about HSF’s mission; feel it

is clearly stated and on-track

• 28% say HSF has favorable reputation w/ general

public and public officials; 8% say unfavorable

• 49% say HSF has been involved in controversial

issues; 48% say it was appropriate to do so

• 15% say HSF has not been involved in controver

sial issues that it should have been

• 65% of the membership is either satisfied or very

satisfied with HSF and its programs

Key Issues that HSF’s membership identified for the organization

to be involved in…

- Height and mass issues in the Landmark District

- Restore the Berrien House

- Improve governmental relations

- Keep the Revolving Fund going strong

- Tourism management


There are many good things to report for the Revolving Fund and

MASHH program! The purchase of the Revolving Fund property

located at 1505 Habersham Street was finalized, building drawings

have been reviewed and owner, Greg Jacobs, is in the

process of Submitting plans for a building permit! There will be

more exciting news to come as this project progresses. Another

success story is the MASHH property located at 1021 E. Bolton St.

1733 Society, continued

Mr. Wayne Spear and

Mr. Murray Perlman

SunTrust Bank

Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon U. Tenenbaum

The Reserve at Savannah Harbor

The Savannah Bank

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Tisch

Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Tschetter

Wachovia Bank

1505 Habersham Street

1021 East Bolton Street - before and after

that just passed final inspections after a complete rehab. This historic

corner store will now be a vibrant part of the Eastside Historic

District as rental units.

HSF sponsored a house for Rebuilding Together Savannah’s work

day as part of Preservation Month with the help of plumber James

Smith and carpenter/painter Jay Madden. HSF staff along with volunteers

from SCAD, the SCCPSS Historic Preservation Program

and others (almost 30 total!) worked to repair a bathroom, completed

a handicap ramp, made kitchen improvements, added landscaping

and performed other needed repairs in an effort to keep 87

year old Ms. Jones in her historic home. It was a long, hot day but

everyone worked until the job was completed! Working with Rebuilding

Together Savannah is just one way the MASHH program

works proactively to prevent historic houses from becoming dilapidated.

We have also been in negotiations with a family to purchase

their home in the Thomas Square Historic District that suffered fire

damage in June 2007. The house has been targeted for demolition

by the City of Savannah and the Revolving Fund Committee decided

to step in and try to save it. Although they do not have funds

to rehabilitate the house themselves, the family hopes to save the

house and they see HSF’s Revolving Fund as a way to accomplish

their goal. Thanks to an immediate response by J.T.Turner Construction

Co. and Hussey, Gay, Bell and DeYoung, we were able to

get an estimate for the cost of stabilization. Once we had an estimate,

we were able to make a decision to purchase the property

and get the property pulled from the MPC agenda where it would

have been approved for demolition. We expect to have a signed

contract very soon and will then begin stabilization of the property

while marketing it for sale.

The MASHH program continues to work with the City of Savannah

in order to save historic properties from demolition. MASHH is currently

working with 20+ homeowners through the program. Thankfully,

we have three(!) SCAD students working as interns this

summer. With their help, we should be able to reach even more

homeowners to offer technical assistance!


Rebuilding Together work day

Final figures from the 74th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes and

Gardens are in as the Tour of Homes Advisory Board announced

the net proceeds from the 2009 Tour were $134,345! These results

are fantastic and represent the concerted efforts of all our volunteers,

homeowners and visitors. Thank you!

2009 Tour of Homes Sponsors

United Community Bank

Savage, Turner, Pinson & Karsman

Bouhan, Williams & Levy, LLC

Darby Bank and Trust Co.

EMDx Corporation

Inglesby, Falligant, Horne, Courington &

Chisholm, PC

Ellis, Painter, Ratterree & Adams

Roger Wood Foods

Savannah Morning News

WRHQ FM 105.3

2009 SGE Preview Party

Lecture speaker Tovah Martin

(front center)

How does this figure compare with last year’s Tour? In 2008, we

were about 10% ahead of where we ended up this year. Given the

state of the economy, this year’s figure of $134,345 is truly outstanding

and the Board is pleased. The best news, of course, is that

the proceeds will benefit the good work of the partner organizations,

the Women of Christ Church and Historic Savannah Foundation.

The Church will allocate its portion (51%) to community missions

and ministries to meet qualified needs here in Savannah. Historic

Savannah's portion (49%) will support its continued program of historic

preservation which has helped make Savannah one of the nation's

most beautiful cities. A special “thank you” to Kacey Ratterree,

2009 Chairman, on a job well-done!

The 75th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens is planned

for March 25 – 28, 2010 and is well-underway, led by Gloria Harrison

as Chairman. Call the office for more information – summer

hours are T, W, Th from 10am – 5pm.


Under the inspired direction of co-chairmen Connie Darbyshire and

Anna Wasden, and implemented by countless volunteers, the theme

of “Our Square Roots” truly honored Savannah’s distinctive city plan

and garden designs. The historic Roundhouse Railroad Museum

was transformed to accommodate full-size exhibition gardens and

an open-air market with growers and garden-related merchandise.

The Carolyn Ross McDonald Lecture Series featured well known

author and speaker Tovah Martin; former UGA coach and Master

Gardener, Vince Dooley; and Buddy Lee, the inventor of the Encore

Azalea®. Gaye Drummond and Tovah Martin each facilitated informative

workshops. The Preview Party was wildly successful,

again combining a Silent Auction with the incredible beauty of the

Exposition and the extraordinary food and talent of many of Savannah's

top chefs.

The 2009 Expo also brought an exciting partnership with the Garden

Club of Savannah for their annual NOGS (North of Gaston) tour

which included walking tours of some of Savannah’s most beautiful

private gardens and a Southern Tea in the garden of the Harper

Fowlkes House. The Wine Tasting, Garden Tour & Fine Wine Auction

gave all who participated a truly memorable evening on beautiful

Monterey Square. Mr. and Mrs. Allen Drummond, Mr. and Mrs.

Ed Hill, and Mr. and Mrs. William Sprague opened their gardens to

wine lovers who sampled two different wines in each garden and

enjoyed hors d'oeuvres provided by Local 11 Ten Restaurant. All

the guests ended the evening in the home of Mr. and Mrs. William

Sprague for an auction of fine and rare wines, carefully selected

and secured by Dr. Robert Tomhave and Mr. Dale Critz, Sr.

2009 Garden Expo Sponsors

Critz, Inc.

Mr. & Mrs. Robert S. Jepson, Jr.

Local 11 Ten

Brennan & Wasden

Georgia Power

Legacy Leak & Pipe Restoration

Bowman Law Office LLC

Circa Lighting

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Eckburg

Kole Management

Levy Jewelers

Mrs. Carolyn Luck

Minis & Co.

The Savannah Bank

Savannah Tire & Rubber

Guerry Lumber

Garden Expo In-Kind Sponsors:

Adventure Radio

Encore Azaleas

Garden and Gun

The Presidents’ Quarters Inn

Prince-Bush-Smith Hotels

Savannah Magazine

Savannah Morning News

Savannah Hardscapes

Southern Living Plant Collection

Spanish Moss Printing

The 2009 Savannah Garden Exposition was definitely one to remember

and would not have been possible without the support of

the many patrons, volunteers and sponsors. Thank you all for

making this event a huge success!

2009 GALA

Historic Savannah Foundation and 2009 Gala Chair, Kim Bockius-Suwyn,

are pleased to announce that The Coastal Bank will

serve as the premier sponsor for the 18th Annual Historic Savannah

Foundation Gala, to be held on Saturday, October 24, 2009

in beautiful Calhoun Square. This marks the sixth consecutive

year that The Coastal Bank has served as the gala’s top sponsor.

“We’re proud to support the Historic Savannah Foundation and

their important mission to save endangered buildings from demolition,

protect our city’s unique urban plan and educate the public

about preservation,” said Tom Wiley, president and CEO of

Coastal Bankshares, Inc. “It’s important to respect our region’s

history and protect the qualities that make Savannah so special.”

Calhoun Square: 2009 Gala venue

As tradition, the Gala will be a formal, black-tie, sit-down dinner

event for more than 400 guests. Cocktails will begin at 6:00 p.m.

HSF Staff

Daniel G. Carey

President/ CEO

Andrea Dove

Development Director

Paula Fields


Jessica Pedigo

Field Representative

Cassie Dolecki

Preservation Coordinator

Lula Williams


Davenport House Staff

Jamie Credle


Jeff Freeman

Museum Associate

Ben Head

Shop Manager

Dottie Kraft

Head Docent

Raleigh Marcel

Maintenance Technician

HSF Executive Offices

321 East York Street

Savannah, GA 31401

(912) 233-7787 phone

(912) 233-7706 fax


in different private homes and venues throughout the area, followed

by an elegant catered dinner at 8:00 p.m. in the square.

Guests will also enjoy dancing to the music of a live band until

11:00 p.m. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend! Details

and invitations will be mailed at the end of summer but to ensure

that you receive an invitation, make sure that your HSF membership

is current! as always, the proceeds from the Gala will be used

to preserve and protect our historic city. Thank you in advance for

supporting this important “friend-raiser” and fundraiser.


Davenport House staff recently returned from the national meeting

of Association of Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums

(ALFHAM’s) which was held at Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC.

Below are key concepts that were taken away about house museums

in general:

• Museums must recognize economic forces in their


• The recent past has not been kind to museums; one

major living history site in Massachusetts has gone

from 80 interpreters to 18.

• To change successfully, museums should utilize professionally

gathered data about market trends.

• Time, energy, resources and commitment are

required to implement change successfully.

• Aim to change perceptions about house museumsmake

them expect to have fun!

• People have shorter attentions spans these days,

but using multimedia is not always what people want

or expect when they visit an historic site.

• Ours is a human experience. People want to learn

from people.

• Customer service is essential to our survival.

• What we do (in museums) is a living thing. It grows

and evolves or it dies.

• People want history brought to life. They want to

know what it was like back then!

While Davenport House has not

experienced the extremes that

many museum site have, its community,

which includes you, must

recognize that offering a variety of

experiences, having diverse revenue

streams, being flexible in

everything it does and being committed

to customer service are the

new realities and keys to its survival.

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