Phased Interior and Exterior Restorations
16,500 square feet
$2 million (all phases)
In 2002, Lott + Barber was commissioned by the Girl Scouts of America to assist in the restoration of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in historic downtown Savannah.
The first step in this process was to accurately document the existing structures. A master plan for renovation and additions was developed to prioritize the needs while addressing the issue of having the facility open during construction. The last step prior to design was to provide cost evaluation for each of the phases of the master planned work.
The first priority for the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace was to add an elevator for greater accessibility. The decision was made to place the elevator in the pantry addition rather than the original federal style structure. This allowed the first two floors of the elevator to be unseen from the outside, minimizing the impact of the addition on the exterior historic fabric.
The original stable is used for programs and was the next part of the staged renovation. Following stages include restoration of the west side bedrooms, dining room, and dressing room bath and modifications to the museum store. The most recently completed work includes structural analysis and improvements for the entire building, extensive HVAC and electrical upgrades, and renovations to the third floor office area.
The most recent phase of work, and perhaps the most significant, is the restoration of the exterior façade and replacement of portions of the roof. The façade work includes selective replacement of the historic brownstone, and repair and/or replacement of windows and other exterior elements.