Plant Riverside District is the vision of Richard Kessler who set out to reimagine Savannah’s historic site and create an entertainment district that truly has something for everyone. Kessler founded The Kessler Collection in 1984, a growing portfolio of nine true boutique hotels. The organization is a founding member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection and has established itself as an innovative leader, trusted partner and proven producer of unique destinations, restaurants and exceptional experiences.
In his Plant Riverside District project, Kessler will treat guests to a sensory wonderland that stretches across eras. A journey of time, from 18th century to present, will be carried through each thoughtfully designed detail and felt in every artful offering. Learn more about Plant Riverside District here.
Christian Sottile, AIA 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. Learn more about Christian Sottile here.
Thursday Evening Opening Reception, March 5, 6:00-8:00 pm
Tour and Cocktails at JW Marriott Savannah’s Plant Riverside District
Developer and owner, Richard Kessler and Architect, Christian Sottile will host and tour you through this remarkable addition to Savannah’s skyline, Plant Riverside District. Their vision and creative re-use of this immense space is overwhelming!
Susan Sully is the author and photographer of many books about architecture and design published by Rizzoli International Publications and The Monacelli Press, including Charleston Style, Savannah Style, Casa Florida, The Southern Cottage, The Southern Cosmopolitan, and Houses with Charm. Sully has also co-authored books with leading American design professionals including Bobby McAlpine (The Poetry of Home and The Home Within Us), Susan Ferrier (Art of the House), Ken Tate (A Classical Journey), Norman Askins (Inspired by Tradition), and Jim Strickland of Historical Concepts (Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House). A graduate of Yale University with a degree in art history focused in architectural studies, Sully has contributed articles to The New York Times, Town & Country Travel, Veranda, Southern Accents, Southern Living, and many other publications. She lectures frequently on the subject of architecture and design at organizations including Sotheby’s Institute, the Smithsonian’s National Building Museum, garden clubs, antiques shows, and design centers. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina. Visit Susan Sully’s website here.
Friday, March 6, Noon
Traditional Madeira Luncheon at The Hyatt, Harborside Ballroom
Susan Sully, acclaimed author, photographer, and specialist in southern architecture and design will present her latest book, Southern Hospitality at Home, highlighting four of Savannah’s most welcoming homes. Expansive views of Savannah’s Port welcome you to celebrate “Southern Hospitality” which began on the river where all visitors to Savannah were welcomed prior to the advent of planes, trains and automobiles.
Friday Evening, March 6, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Exclusive Cocktail Reception and Tour of Private Home
Experience authentic “Southern Hospitality at Home” in a stunning Savannah residence featured in Sully’s book. Welcoming all, Susan Sully will lead a tour and be available for questions and book signings.
Roger Smith is truly a Superstar in the education of students of all ages. His professional career in Savannah began with children as teacher/foreign language chair at Savannah Christian Prep School and Director of Education at Massie Heritage Center. Later his talents expanded into adult education with his appointment as The Georgia Historical Society’s Director of Education and Outreach where his initiatives in lectures and public programs were widely acclaimed. From 2006 to the present, as Director of the Learning Center of Senior Citizens Inc., Roger has enthralled enthusiastic audiences with his amazing range of lecture topics and creative travel series. Roger’s vast knowledge of our city and love of its history will be evident as he entertains you aboard the Georgia Queen with the history of our port from “Cobblestones to Containers”. Learn more about Roger Smith here.
Saturday, March 7, 11:30-2:30 pm
Riverboat Cruise on “The Georgia Queen”, Riverstreet Landing
A Dixieland Band will entertain you on a spectacular Savannah River Cruise as you lunch on Southern fare and learn from Savannah’s leading public historian, Roger Smith, the fascinating history of our Port from “Cobblestones to Containers”.