Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation

Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation

Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation

Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation, SCAD Savannah


439 E. Broad St.
Savannah, Georgia

The Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation was built in 1908 in the Classic Revival style as an orphanage and convent for the Missionary Sisters of the Franciscan order. As a child, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was an altar boy in this building, thus the facility bears his name. Following an extensive restoration and rehabilitation in Fall 2009, the handsome three-story brick building became home to the historic preservation program. In January 2010, Justice Thomas returned to Savannah for the building's dedication. The state-of-the-art facility provides classrooms, offices, computer labs, a historic conservation lab and workshop in a restored property that is a contributing building to the National Historic Landmark District. Historic preservation alumni find careers as conservators, preservation contractors and consultants, curators, archivists, specialists, historians and restoration artisans.

Images from the facility

The facility houses a workshop dedicated to conserving, repairing and replicating historic artifacts.

An on-site computer lab means students don't have to leave the building to research or write.

The Student Preservation Association and students from the historic preservation program can congregate in the communal area.

The chapel, an intimate space for gatherings, is furnished and adorned with pews and tin ceiling panels from nave to apse.

Students use the screened resting porch as a place to study and chat with their peers.

Software such as AutoCAD and Revit, as well as printers, scanners and plotters are available for student use.

The historic preservation analysis lab provides workspace and equipment necessary for preservation study and examination.