**All tours (except Historic Isle of Hope kayak tour) will meet at the Marriott Riverfront Hotel. **
The Oglethorpe Plan: Unique, Visionary, & Timeless
This tour will be led by Thomas D. Wilson, author of The Oglethorpe
Plan: Enlightenment Design in Savannah and Beyond and Beth Reiter, owner of Savannah Architours. This power duo will lead the group to the heart of Savannah’s Historic District where they will connect past and present, showing how the original plan continues to support a vibrant urban environment. Please wear comfortable shoes
The Architecture of Savannah's Sacred Spaces
Explore the rich architectural styles and cultural elements that shaped over 275 years of the sacred houses of worship in Savannah. We will explore the some of the oldest congregations in America, how the 18th century Enlightenment help form the original Ogethrope City Plan, and how architectural styles reflected the changing social and religious beliefs of the times. Walking through the square past some of the best examples of early American architecture, this tour will include visiting a handful of structures seldom open for viewing and through sections normally not open to the public. Please wear comfortable shoes.
Secrets of Saving a City: An Overview of Savannah’s Preservation Story- CANCELED
This tour will be an interesting and inspiring walk around the Landmark Historic District led by Daniel Carey, President & CEO of Historic Savannah Foundation. Following a short video presentation, tour participants see a sampling of successes and challenges with respect to preserving the Hostess City of the South. Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepare to walk at a moderate and deliberate pace.
Plant Riverside Site Tour
Tour of an incredible piece of Savannah's river-front history. The former site of the Savannah Electric Riverside plant is being adaptive to a luxury hotel by the National 2015 AIA Design Award winning firm Sottile & Sottile.
Wrestling with 21st Century Issues in a Historic Downtown
How do you balance the needs of modern day living, 275 years of architectural treasures and economic growth within the limits of one of largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the country? Is 21st century urban living possible in the first planed city in America? Walk through historic Savannah with Kevin Klinkenberg AIA, Executive Director of Savannah Development and Renewal Authority to understand how the community seeks to find equilibrium and practical solutions for the future growablity of the downtown.
Academic Architecture Interpreted- Tour of SCAD
From 19th century to 21st century architecture, SCAD has adapted more than 100 buildings throughout the Historic District for academic and supporting needs. The college creates unique and inspiring spaces specific for their more than 40 majors and 60 minors, all the while holding true to the historic footprint of each structure. Original details are highlighted, with modifications made to keep current with technology, growth and industry. Experience architecture through time, interpreted creatively for artists and designers.
Historic Isle of Hope (Kayak Tour)
The Isle of Hope Historic District is a unique coastal riverside community dating from the early 19th through early 20th centuries, located on a small inland island 8 miles from downtown Savannah. Situated on a horseshoe bend in the Skidaway River, this roughly crescent-shaped area is comprised of a varied collection of residences ranging from small cottages to imposing mansions, richly landscaped with magnificent live oaks, palms and other shady trees. Architectural Styles represented include Greek Revival, Victorian Eclectic, Neoclassical and Craftsman/Bungalow as well as examples of vernacular cottages and a few antebellum houses. Kayak experience is highly recommended.