The Planning, Architectural and Historical Evolution of a City on a Grid [FS7]

Wednesday, October 3—Thursday, October 4

Day 1
Wednesday, October 3, 8:00–5:00
8:00          Depart from Francis Marion Hotel
All day      Tour Savannah
5:00–6:00  Reception

Overnight in Savannah:
APT participants should make their own overnight accommodations at:
Residence Inn by Marriot
Savannah Downtown/Historic District
500 West Charlton Street, Savannah, GA, 31401
                                                                                  Mention you are with APT to secure the $129 rate.

Day 2
Thursday, October 4, 8:00–2:30
8:00–2:30   Tour Savannah
2:30           Adjourn in Savannah; bus will not return to Charleston*

Fees: APT Conference registrants–$335  PTN IPTW registrants–$385  Includes: admission fees, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, transportation from Charleston to Savannah*, materials
Capacity: 25
Transportation: Tour bus, departing from Francis Marion Hotel
Dress Code: Casual with sturdy walking shoes
Handicapped Accessibility: Limited
Continuing Education:

Field Session:
You'll travel by bus on this two-day field session that explores three fascinating historic preservation challenges around Savannah, GA. First you'll begin with an architectural tour of Savannah, comparing its unique style to its sister city of Charleston, and learning about the successes and challenges of preserving its historic building stock. At the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, you'll inspect the preservation of locomotives, cars, and a carpentry shop to this once-vital connection to the Port of Savannah, as well as a future children's museum. At the Tybee Island Lighthouse, you'll see an active US Coast Guard station lighthouse as well as historic structures including the 1732 Lighthouse, the Head Keepers Cottage, a Coastal Defense Battery and more. You'll delve into period specific restoration on the interior of the Head Keepers cottage, the on-going maintenance of brick, mortar, and cast iron of the light house, and the traditional architecture of African American residents of Tybee Island.


  • Dirk Hardison, Savannah Rambles: Architectural Tours, Savannah, GA, USA
  • Cullen Chambers, Executive Director of the Tybee Island Historical Society, Tybee Island, GA, USA 
  • Professionals from The Coastal Georgia Heritage Society


  • Betty Prime, Associate AIA, LEED AP, MS Historic Preservation, MA Architecture, Preservation Designer and Architectural Conservator, Meadors, Inc., Charleston, SC, USA   
  • Jason Kotarski, Preservation Architect and Planner, Faculty for Historic Preservation at Savannah Technical College, Savannah, GA, USA

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the evolution of the city grid/city planning (squares, wards), architecture (how buildings relate the street grid, evolution of style by ward and time period, specific notable buildings and detailing), and history.
  • Explore interpretation of an era of railroad expansion.
  • Discuss challenges of re-treating historic materials for new maintenance issues.

*Participants should plan to depart from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport late afternoon on October 4 or early on October 5. 


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