12 West Oglethorpe Avenue

Savannah - Chatham County

Built in 1898 as a private residence, and then serving as an Elks Lodge for nearly 80 years, the building was on the brink of loss after a series of misguided renovations and a significant fire in 2009. Extensive rehabilitation included a new roof structure, restoration of the windows, reconstruction of the parapet, and removal of all non-historic elements from the building’s exterior. The side porch was reopened with its original doorways, windows, and other elements repaired or replaced. Inside, multiple fireplaces were restored along with the historic grand staircase. A central skylight floods the interior space with natural light. The rehabilitation restored the blighted, fire-damaged structure to a state of vibrancy, transforming it into the newest iteration of the internationally recognized restaurant Husk.

Excellence in Rehabilitation Awards recognize projects that make compatible use of a building through repair, alterations or additions while preserving features of the property that convey its historic value.