The Georgia Trust

2014 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION

Drayton Tower
Savannah, Chatham County

Built as the Drayton Arms Apartments in 1951, this large apartment building was intended to meet the growing needs of Savannah's veterans and low income community. In contrast with Savannah's historic downtown, Drayton Tower's modern design features clean, smooth lines of white limestone and green Solex windows. Rehabilitation began in 2006 by Savannah developer Michael Brown, concentrating on cleaning and repairing the building's exterior while restoring notable design elements on the interior. Unfortunately, the economic recession caused the rehabilitation project to stall and left the majority of the building's interior gutted. In 2012 the building was purchased by Flank, a New York based architectural and property development firm, and the project was continued. Drayton Tower now offers ground floor retail space and apartments with designs based on original floor plans, allowing this beacon of modern housing to once again be a part of the community.

 

 

 

 


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