Then & Now: Transformation of The Armstrong House
Saturday, March 3, 2018 Noon
Lunch & Learn Lecture
12:00 – 1:30
Location: The Pulaski Room of the DeSoto Savannah
15 E. Liberty St.
Enjoy a Southern box lunch (included) with presentations by Chuck Chewning and Christian Sotille on their latest project, The Armstrong House. The Armstrong House faces Forsyth Park on the corner of Bull and Gaston streets. Built in 1916, the 23,000 square foot home began as the home for the George Armstrong family, and later Armstrong College. After the college relocated in the 70’s, The Armstrong House was occupied by a law firm, and will now be transformed to a boutique hotel.
Chuck Chewning has over thirty years’ experience in the luxury interior design, decorative arts and architectural preservation industries. Today he runs his own design business, Charles H. Chewning Interiors based in Savannah, Georgia and Studio Rubelli, the interior design division of The Rubelli Group in Milan, Italy.
Chewning joined The Rubelli Group in 2008 as creative director of the iconic American lifestyle brand Donghia, Inc., a position he held for eight years in New York City. There he implemented his vision for enhancing and elevating the brand’s legacy by reviving many Angelo Donghia creations while expanding its showrooms globally. He recently designed and curated the exhibition, Angelo Donghia: Design Superstar, at the New School of Interior Design which closed with much press and acclaim in December 2015.
Chewning’s attention to conceptual design development, documentation and management in the interior design field is coupled with his cross-cultural experience he accumulated from years of working in London, Istanbul and Milan. In 2014, he became design director of Studio Rubelli, the new interior design division of the Rubelli Group. Here he works on prestigious large scale hospitality and residential projects around the world.
In 2013, Chuck completed the much-celebrated restoration of the historic Gritti Palace in Venice, Italy. For his design, the Gritti was awarded the International Hotel & Property Award and was featured prominently in Architectural Digest (May 2013.) Chewning has also won awards for his work at The Prince de Galles in Paris, The Grande Bretagne in Athens (Architectural Digest, March 2004) and the One & Only Kanahura in the Maldives, as well as the Hospitality Design Award (2006) the European Design Award (2003 and 2004) and the Golden Key Award (2004 and 2006.) His contributions to the design world have been recognized in countless publications.
Chuck received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in both Historic Preservation of Architecture and in Interior Design from SCAD, The Savannah College of Art and Design.
Christian Sottile is principal of Sottile & Sottile, a Savannah-based design firm working extensively in Nationally Registered Historic Districts. His work includes civic design, architecture and master planning, emphasizing historic research, urban analysis and community-wide engagement.
Concurrently with his professional practice, Sottile is a professor of architecture and urban design at the Savannah College of Art and Design and is the former dean of the SCAD School of Building Arts. In this role, Sottile led the graduate and undergraduate programs in Architecture, Architectural History, Preservation Design, Interior Design, Furniture Design and Urban Design.
Sottile’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Preservation Magazine, Architect magazine, and Architectural Digest. He has received over thirty awards, including three international Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism, awards from the American Planning Association, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and three National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects.