2019 Savannah Antiques and Architecture Weekend
And All That Jazz: Design and Architecture in the Jazz Era
Celebrating Savannah’s rich architectural and decorative arts history, the Third Annual Savannah Antiques and Architecture Weekend features a star-studded lineup of speakers, and exclusive inaugural tour of Savannah’s most ambitious historic home renewal project, appraisers from top firms, tours of the Andrew Low and Green Meldrim houses, and a glittering gala.
Inaugural Tour of Savannah’s most prominent historic home
The first, exclusive tour of the newly renovated Armstrong-Kessler Mansion, which is Savannah’s largest historic home. The renewal is led by luxury hotelier, Mr. Richard C. Kessler, and the home is considered to be the country’s best example of Italian Renaissance Revival Architecture. It will not be open to the general public, making this tour a great excusive experience for all attendees. Guests will be treated to a luncheon and talk with lead architect on the project, Christian Sottile and interior designer, Chuck Chewning at the exclusive Oglethorpe Club. Guests will enjoy a reception in the new Italianate gardens at the Armstrong-Kessler Mansion with docent-led tours. (Include images of the Mansion, Christian, and Chuck along with captions)
Keynote speaker: Carleton Varney, CEO Dorothy Draper & Co., Inc.
Among the highlights of this year’s celebration is our keynote speaker, one of the world’s most well-renowned interior designers, Mr. Carleton Varney, CEO of Dorothy Draper & Co.. Mr. Varney not only carries on the tremendous work of Dorothy Draper, but also has served at the White House Decorator for the Jimmy Carter administration, the lead designer for the Greenbrier and Grand Hotels, and is now serving as a Presidentially appointed Member of the National Council for the Arts. He will talk about Dorothy Draper’s influence in the jazz era and beyond and will be available for book signings for all of his events. (include images of Carleton and of Dorothy Draper)
Appraisals, Gala and Tours
Other highlights of the weekend include appraisals of your own objects by highly respected, certified antiques and art appraisers,and tours of the Andrew Low, Green Meldrim and other prominent Savannah historic homes. The Annual Gala event at the Green Meldrim House honors speakers, appraisers, and sponsors and features a fantastic auction.
Tours of the Andrew Low and Green Meldrim Houses will be ongoing throughout the weekend.
The 2019 theme for the weekend is All That Jazz: Design and Architecture in the Jazz Era. There will be jazz music featured at every key event. Not only was Savannah a mecca for Jazz greats such as Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, but it was home to the great jazz lyricist, Johnny Mercer. All the historic homes on our tours participated in the jazz era through entertainment. A presentation on the rich, untold history of Jazz in Savannah will be presented by Paula Fogarty of the Coastal Jazz Association.
Organized by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia this event supports the ongoing preservation of two of the City’s prominent historic houses, the Andrew Low and Green Meldrim Houses.