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The Savannah College of Art and Design received the Atlanta Regional Commission's 2012 Developments of Excellence Award in its "Exceptional Merit for Historic Preservation" category for the university's Ivy Hall Cultural Arts and Writing Center. Each year the ARC, in partnership with the Livable Communities Coalition, honors trend-setting developments in the Atlanta region with the Developments of Excellence Awards. Past winners have been honored for exemplifying urban revitalization, transit accessibility, affordable housing, conservation and sustainability.
Rehabilitation of Ivy Hall began in April 2007, following the donation of the historic Edward C. Peters House from William Swearingen of S.D.H. Investment Corp. Inc., William Dunaway and Harry Hill. The Peters House, called Ivy Hall by the Peters family, was designed by noted architect Gottfried L. Norrman in 1883 and is considered Atlanta's oldest and most important residence from the post-Civil War era. After a debilitating upper-level fire in 2000, it remained vacant and unused until it was donated to SCAD.
Under the leadership of SCAD historic preservation specialist Bob Dickensheets, the adaptive rehabilitation of the home now serves as a cultural arts and writing center where students and community members can gather for poetry and book readings, seminars and lectures by prominent authors, as well as chamber music concerts. "The preservation of Ivy Hall and the creation of the writing center has been a gift to students and the City of Atlanta that will keep on giving for years to come," said Bob Dickensheets, associate director of external relations. "As with all of the buildings that have been preserved by the college around the world, so to are the communities, cultures and common histories that surround them."
SCAD historic preservation students also contributed crucial research and analysis with the Peters House rehabilitation. The university has provided many similar "living labs" for historic preservation students to gain hands-on experience.
SCAD's rehabilitation of Ivy Hall has also been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Georgia with an "Honorable Recognition Award," the "Shutze Award" for craftsmanship and the "Best in Atlanta Real Estate Award" in its rehabilitation/renovation category. The cultural arts and writing center was awarded the "Georgia Trust 2009 Preservation Award for Excellence" in restoration and the "Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation."
The university's commitment to the conservation of architectural and cultural heritage is evident in its involvement with countless community projects and its restoration of more than 90 historic buildings at SCAD's locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Ga., Hong Kong, and Lacoste, France.
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The SCAD historic preservation program is the most comprehensive in the world, offering bachelor's and master's degrees as well as a minor in cultural landscape. The Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation is one of few facilities solely dedicated to the academic study of historic preservation in the United States. At SCAD, the broad-based historic preservation curriculum exposes students to the multi-faceted field of historic preservation. Core classes cover the historic built environment and electives offer students an opportunity to study emerging disciplines.
The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees to prepare talented students for professional careers. As the most comprehensive art and design university in the world, SCAD offers more than 40 majors and more than 50 minors at distinctive locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; in Lacoste, France; and online through SCAD eLearning.
SCAD has more than 20,000 alumni and offers an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation. The diverse student body, consisting of more than 10,000 students, comes from all 50 United States and nearly 100 countries worldwide. Each student is nurtured and motivated by a faculty of more than 700 professors with extraordinary academic credentials and valuable professional experience. These professors emphasize learning through individual attention in an inspiring university environment. SCAD's innovative curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources and has garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications, including 3D World, American Institute of Architects, BusinessWeek, DesignIntelligence, U.S. News & World Report and the Los Angeles Times.