The Georgia Trust

2014 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION

Levy Jewelers
Savannah, Chatham County

Built as a Lerner's Department Store in 1947, this Art Moderne style building was among the first in Savannah to have a complete air conditioning system and automatic elevators. Though much of the building's exterior has remained intact, the building's many uses over the years left its interior essentially gutted. Historic research of original drawings, photographs, articles and oral histories helped the architects recreate the historic department store interior including the recessed fluorescent lighting and mid-century paint colors. The exterior rehabilitation included restoring or replacing in kind the terrazzo and Tennessee marble entryways. Levy Jewelers, itself a historic Savannah institution, is an appropriate fit for this iconic building on a bustling corner of Broughton Street.

 

 

 

 


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