“Protecting our Streets:
An Update on Historic Pavements in Savannah and Beyond”
Proudly Sponsored by the Massie Heritage Center and the Downtown Neighborhood Association for Savannah
DATE: Wednesday, November 7, 2 018, 6:30 - 8 PM
WHAT: Friends of Massie welcomes Dr. Robin Williams back to Massie Heritage Center for their Fall 2018 Friends of Massie History and Architecture Lecture Series. Dr. Williams will build on his sold-out presentation in January 2017 by exploring the significance of Savannah’s street and sidewalk pavement.
From the mid-19th century through the 1920s, a revolution in street and sidewalk pavement helped modernize American cities, including Savannah. As asphalt took over, efforts to preserve and protect historic pavements began to take place around the country as early as 1930. Although Savannah retains a wide variety of pavement types, the city is not at the forefront of protecting this heritage underfoot. Join us as we ask what can Savannah learn from other cities, what needs to be done, and how can we help?
WHO: Robin B. Williams, Ph.D. teaches at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he is the founder and current chair of the Department of Architectural History. Williams has made Savannah the focus of his research for over two decades. From 1997 until 2006, he directed the online Virtual Historic Savannah Project. He is the lead author of the recently published architectural guidebook, Buildings of Savannah, which serves as the inaugural city guide in the Society of Architectural Historians’ Buildings of the United States series. His current research analyses the evolution of street and sidewalk pavement in cities across North America, showcased on his website, www.historicpavement.com
WHERE: Massie Heritage Center
207 East Gordon Street (corner of Abercorn)
Savannah, GA 31401
COST: FREE and open to the public
RSVP: General Admission, Doors open at 6:30 p.m.,
Conversation begins at 7:00 p.m.
*Seating is limited and first come-first served
**Friends of Massie Members are invited to reserve their seats by calling 912.395.5070