Located within the heart of Savannah's Thomas Square Streetcar District, Arnold Hall boasts an expansive Georgian revival style edifice and was constructed in 1920 as the 35th Street Junior High School. The building later served as the first public high school in Chatham County.
In 2008, nearly 90 years after its completion, the building was was reopened by the university and is now home to the SCAD School of Liberal Arts, where art and design students from across every degree program engage the great ideas of world civilization in liberal arts disciplines such as anatomy, anthropology, art history, cinema studies, communication, English, psychology, writing, and much, much more. Arnold Hall serves thousands of students every quarter, applying the rich lessons of the humanities and sciences to their professionally focused degree programs.
This 88,000-square-foot structure is the university’s first LEED-certified building (gold rating), one of the highest honors bestowed upon environmentally responsible and energy-efficient “green” buildings. Elements from the building’s original construction can be found throughout, from the tiles depicting seagulls and sailing ships surrounding its many water fountains, to the lustrous terrazzo floors that support the computer labs, study spaces, and nearly forty classrooms. Each of the classrooms has an audio-visual system for digital display of lesson materials. There are two PC labs for instruction and independent study, a quiet reading room, and a 607-seat theater for lectures and theatrical productions.