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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report
May 2, 2016 – The Historic Savannah Foundation will hold a “Re-Ribbon Cutting” in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District Designation. Elected officials and representatives from the National Park Service, City of Savannah, Chatham County, MPC, Visit Savannah, SCAD, Savannah Technical College and HSF will come together for a re-ribbon cutting and birthday cake this Thurs., May 5 at 4:00 p.m. in Columbia Square.
In 1966, the Savannah Historic District was declared a National Historic Landmark District due to its unique layout begun by General James Oglethorpe that now extends from the Savannah River to Gwinnett Street, and East Broad Street to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Oglethorpe’s plan began with six wards; at the center of each ward was a public square, flanked on the east and west by trust lots designated for public buildings, and 60′ x 90′ lots on the north and south sides. Recognizing the brilliance of this plan, city fathers implemented it in the southward expansion of the 1800s, ultimately creating 24 squares from the Savannah River to Gaston Street. Savannah’s city plan, one of the largest historic districts of its kind in the United States, is celebrated because it has been utilized throughout the City’s history and remains as valid and effective today as in its inception.
2016 marks a year of many noteworthy anniversaries for historic preservation and Savannah. HSF celebrates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the National Historic Preservation Act, and especially the 50th anniversary of Savannah’s designation as a National Historic Landmark District, as well as the National Park Service Centennial.
Historic Savannah Foundation is a non-profit historic preservation organization supported by a strong and dedicated membership. HSF was established in 1955 in order to save the 1820 Isaiah Davenport House from demolition. From this initial project, Historic Savannah Foundation launched a Revolving Fund which has since saved 360+ buildings. The mission of Historic Savannah Foundation is to preserve and protect Savannah’s heritage through advocacy, education and community involvement.
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