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Celebrating SCAD: 40 Years of Creativity & Historic Preservation

The Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) recently celebrated 40 years of creativity and innovation. Befitting of this recent milestone, CNN featured SCAD in an article, praising the works that helped preserve Savannah’s rich architectural history.

In the 1950’s, many of Savannah’s historic buildings were at risk of being repurposed or altogether demolished. It was during this time that a group of seven women who cared deeply about the preservation of Savannah’s historic buildings created the Historic Savannah Foundation, which would eventually pave the way for SCAD to inhabit and restore some of the city’s major historic buildings.

Since then, some of the major buildings that SCAD has restored include a convent, the 19th-century home of Georgia Historical Society founder Alexander Smets, and a historic African-American Baptist church from the 1860’s.

As proud supporters of Savannah College of Art & Design, Sotherly Hotels and The DeSoto in Savannah are very appreciative of all of the hard work that SCAD has put into the preservation of Savannah’s legacy and historic buildings.

Check out SCAD’s full feature on CNN’s website here!