The first annual Savannah Antiques and Architecture Weekend (SAAW) was created in 2017 by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia (NSCDA-GA), a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. SAAW promotes interest in historic preservation and our nation’s history through the study of the buildings and objects that are part of our cultural inheritance and benefits two of Savannah’s 19th century treasures, The Andrew Low and The Green-Meldrim Houses.
The NSCDA, founded in 1891, is an unincorporated association of 44 Corporate Societies with more than 15,000 members. The Society headquarters is located at Dumbarton House, a Federal period house museum in Washington, D.C. The National Society of Colonial Dames has been a leader in the field of historic preservation, restoration, and the interpretation of historic sites since its New York Society first undertook the preservation of the Van Cortland House in 1897. Presently the association owns or operates more historic properties than any other organization in America other than the Federal Government.
The original Savannah Antiques and Architecture Weekend’s events focused on the fascinating connections between the Andrew Low and Green-Meldrim Houses and the families who occupied them. In 2018 the architectural interest was expanded to include a preview of the important private revitalization of another of Savannah’s treasures, the Armstrong-Kessler Mansion.
This year we are thrilled that the Armstrong-Kessler renewal team of architect Christian Sottile and interior designer Chuck Chewning will be joined by the owner, Richard C. Kessler, to present their completed project in our Special Event which includes a Private Tour celebrating the 100th anniversary of this magnificent mansion which ushered the Jazz Age in to Savannah… thus the title for the 2019 Weekend, “Antiques, Architecture and All That Jazz!” As implied, the 2019 Events will celebrate the Architecture, Design, and Music of the Jazz Age, so grab your friends and come Jazz It Up with us in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, February 28 – March 2, 2019!
Many thanks to all participants, sponsors, donors, and volunteers for their contributions to preserve our national heritage.