THE CHARETTE: Sharing Your Vision for the Schoolhouse

Click here to view the PDFOn a warm evening late in August forty persons shared ham, mac and cheese, sweet tea, caramel cake, and their visions for the historic Harrington schoolhouse. Former students who attended Harrington in the 1940s and 1950s joined county officials, members of the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition and the Friends of Harrington School, state historic preservation officials, and history buffs to show preservation architect from Hansen/Savannah just what they envisioned for the look and use of the restored schoolhouse and the surrounding yard. The attendees worked in six groups using crayons, poster paper and stickers to draw out their ideas. After an allotted time, each group made a presentation on what they had discussed. “All the groups hit on many of the same visions, but each group had one or two zingers which made everyone else, say, “Great idea..” reported Patrick Phelps from Hansen/Savannah. Friends President Patty Deveau reported that the best part of the evening was listening to the former students talk about what school was like at Harrington for them. “Our group wanted to keep listening to Mrs. Ramsey way past the time the bell rang, “Deveau said.

Hansen architects plan to present the restoration and use plans for the schoolhouse in early 2012.

Hansen Architects Selected to Develop Restoration Plans

After careful review the Advisory Council recommended Hansen Architects, Savannah, as the firm to prepare the architectural documents for the restoration of the schoolhouse. “Hansen’s experience with historic preservation projects and their location in coastal Georgia made them a good fit,” SSAAHC President Ron Upshaw stated.

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