The date is March 10, 1979 and the Savannah College of Art and Design is on the brink of existence. As reported by a staff writer for the Savannah Morning News, SCAD founder and president Paula Wallace was preparing to purchase the university’s flagship building: the Savannah Volunteer Guard Armory, now Poetter Hall. The newspaper isn’t from SCAD’s archive, but thanks to Joao Poli and Ray Morgan, it will be soon. Their discovery gave them chills.
Tag: historic preservation
In honor of Preservation Month, we celebrate Savannah College of Art and Design's Ivy Hall. On May 21, 1917, the Great Fire of Atlanta spared one of the South’s rare examples of Queen Anne-style architecture, the Edward C. Peters House, or Ivy Hall after the Peters family symbol. Flanked at the time by a long dirt road, now the busy thoroughfare of Ponce de Leon Avenue, Ivy Hall landed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. In 2000, as The Mansion Restaurant, Ivy Hall barely survived another devastating blaze.
Growing up, I regularly thumbed through family photo albums. This ritual of navigating the worn, yellowing pages of images, as if I were traversing history, was eye opening. The photos contextualized my place in that history. So I panic when I think that my daughter may not experience that same sense of belonging because these physical signposts do not exist for her to explore, at least not in a form that she can touch or feel, except to swipe at them on the screens of the devices behind which they’re trapped.
By Taylor Kigar
Just in time for Historic Preservation Month is Savannah College of Art and Design alumna and adjunct professor Meryl Truett's (M.F.A., photography, 2003) series,"Relics, Ruins, and Artifacts."
In case you’re stuck somewhere cold, snowy, uninspired, or all of the above, here’s some eye candy that’ll whisk you away on a virtual, albeit momentary, adventure. The images come from 18 graduate and undergraduate students from Savannah College of Art and Design's School of Building Arts who are traversing Hong Kong in search of the neighborhoods, architecture, and urban design that make it one of the world’s great cities.