Visitors and local Savannah residents appreciate the unique and storied architecture of our city. The Savannah Antiques and Architecture Weekend is the perfect way to enjoy a bit of Savannah’s sophisticated past and present. Set for the last weekend in February 2019, the events of the Savannah Antiques and Architecture Weekend celebrate the history of some of the most famous Savannah families and how their homes contributed to the architecture that has made Savannah famous.
The first annual Savannah Antiques and Architecture Weekend was created in 2017. The Savannah Antiques and Architecture Weekend was first created to focus on the fascinating connections between the Andrew Low and Green-Meldrim Houses, and the families who occupied them. It was conceived by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia (NSCDA-GA). The Savannah Antiques and Architecture Weekend aims to foster and promote interest in our nation’s history through the study of the buildings and objects that are part of our cultural inheritance. The Savannah Antiques and Architecture Weekend also provides education on historic preservation.
The NSCDA was founded in 1891 and is an unincorporated association of 44 Corporate Societies with more than 15,000 members. The National Society of Colonial Dames has been a leader in the field of historic preservation, restoration, and the interpretation of historic sites since its New York Society first undertook the preservation of the Van Cortland House in 1897. The Society headquarters is located at Dumbarton House, a Federal period house museum in Washington, D.C. The association currently owns or operates more historic properties than any other organization in America other than the Federal Government.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a group of the same old Savannah walking tours. The events making up this special weekend include lectures, tours, and live jazz music. The Special Event of the Savannah Antiques and Architecture Weekend includes a Private Tour celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Armstrong-Kessler mansion. The magnificent mansion ushered the Jazz Age in to Savannah, and is the inspiration for the title of the 2019 Weekend: “Antiques, Architecture and All That Jazz!”
Thursday, February 28
Cocktails and book signing with world-renowned Interior Designer, Carleton Varney
Decorator to the stars such as Joan Crawford and to U.S President Jimmy Carter along with many other prestigious clients, Carleton Varney is also the President and Owner of Dorothy Draper & Co. and carries on the amazing legacy of Draper’s iconic work in the ‘30s and ‘40s. Author of several books on decorating and great houses, he also hosts a wide line of products on the Home Shopping Network and his regular appearances on the show always sell out!
Friday, March 1
Lunch & Learn Keynote Speaker: Carleton Varney, President of Dorothy Draper & Co., Inc. Dorothy Draper and the Jazz Age followed by book signing
Dorothy Draper was a woman way ahead of her time, taking on huge corporate work for hotels around the world when women were supposed to be at home raising families! Her work for The Greenbrier Hotel, the Quintandhina in Brazil, the Hampshire House, the Carlyle Hotel and many others in the jazz era is iconic and instantly recognizable. Her protégé, Carleton Varney, continues her work today as owner of Dorothy Draper & Co.. Like Draper, Varney uses big bold patterns, tons of color and rejects all things drab, uncomfortable and impractical.
Friday, March 1
The glittering Gala honoring our Sponsors, Speakers and Appraisers is always a highpoint of the weekend. Topped off by an exciting Silent Auction, it will be held in the splendid surroundings of the historic Green-Meldrim House. An evening to remember!
Saturday, March 2
What’s in Your Attic?
Back by popular demand is the “What’s In Your Attic?” event with TV Celebrity appraisers and experts in decorative arts and antiques, Lark Mason, Amanda Everard, and Jane Mullino. They will help you Jazz things up at your house when you discover the value of your own treasures.
Saturday, March 2
VIP Historic Tours
The VIP Historic Tours are being jazzed up as well this year. They will include colorful costumed reincarnations of the Andrew Low and Green-Meldrim families who will bring life to the stories of their lives and times.
The 2019 Events will celebrate the Architecture, Design, and Music of the Jazz Age, so grab your friends and come Jazz It Up in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, February 28 – March 2, 2019!