Project Description

The design intent of this thesis was to restore, reuse and add to the existing structure on the intersection of Montgomery Street and Congress Street in the historic district of Savannah, Georgia to create a Historic Preservation Museum. Today our culture is either stuck in the past or striving towards new innovative designs. Architecture is one of the most important parts of being able to tell the history of the people that lived before us. Destroying that history can lead to a loss in knowledge of our heritage for future generations. Most contemporary architects tend to ignore our history and culture and look narrowly towards the future. If an important existing building sits on the site in a prime location for a new business, an architect will typically demolish the existing building and neglect to see its importance. If a building is deemed historic on a site, an architect, by code, has no choice but to build around it or renovate it for reuse. The significance of this thesis was to show that contemporary architecture can be used to celebrate our history while preserving its heritage.

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Project Details

Project:“Continuing Architectural Heritage: Contemporary Addition and Reuse of Historic Buildings”
Location:Savannah, Georgia
Program:Historic Preservation Museum
Date:Spring 2012
Programs Used:Revit, CAD, Photoshop, Illustrator.