The adaptive reuse and the rehabilitation of historic buildings has become an essential part of revitalization in historic cities. A primary example of successful rehabilitations can be seen throughout the historic district of Savannah, Georgia. The Noble Hardee Mansion is a distinctive and exceptional contributing structure in the historic district and it is worthy of continued use.
We believe the Noble Hardee Mansion has undeniable potential. Our proposed adaptive reuse includes an organic restaurant, aptly named FARM TO FORK on the garden level with outdoor seating on both the sidewalk of Bull Street and in the back courtyard. The first floor would be the reception and office areas for THE NOBLE HARDEE hotel, as well as gallery space for local artists. The gallery space will also double as rentable event space. The second and third floors would be ideal for the eight hotel rooms and amenities that THE NOBLE HARDEE hotel would offer to guests. Lastly, the cupola would be a romantic viewing area to see the beautiful skyline of Savannah.
"Old houses tell a story. They have a history. There is something about running your hand down a banister that generations of people have held in their hands for centuries. It gives you a sense of place and time, and a perspective on where you fit in this huge, sometimes impersonal world. You are a part -- a small but important part -- of a much greater story." - Scott Austin Sidler, PreservationNation Blog
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