HISTORY

 

Lominack Kolman Smith Architects was formed after the 2001 merger of Lominack and Associates Architects and Kolman & Smith Architects. In the decade since the merger, LKSA has been one of Savannah’s premier architecture firms, completing numerous high profile projects that have been recognized with many awards. The most recent decade only tells part of the LKSA story. With a portfolio that spans five decades, this page highlights some of the major projects that tell our story.

Ron Kolman 1979
Ron Kolman 1979

Mr. and Mrs. Kolman
Mr. and Mrs. Kolman

Ron as Santa Claus
Ron as Santa Claus

Ron Kolman 1979
Ron Kolman 1979

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Ronald Kolman, FAIA

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Any history of LKSA would be remiss to not mention Ronald Kolman. The earliest roots of LKSA can be traced to 1960, when Ron founded his architectural practice in Savannah. That firm was later known as Kolman & Smith Architects, when his daughter Anne joined him in business. Recognized as an innovator in his field, Ron’s work earned him Fellowship within the AIA, the Bronze Medal and the Rothschild Award from AIA Georgia, and AIA Savannah named their highest award in his honor. But, service was more important than awards. Ron served on the Metropolitan Planning Commission, the Historic District Board of Review, the board of the Historic Savannah Foundation and Union Mission, and was a six-time President of the AIA’s South Georgia Chapter. He also was a pretty great Santa Claus at Christmastime. While we sadly lost Ron in December 2009, his memory and legacy live on in every LKSA project.

Our Architecture Endures

 

​​In 1963, Ron Kolman designed the A OK Market at 1127 East Montgomery Cross Roads. This beautiful example of mid-century modern architecture still stands today in much the same condition as it was almost 50 years ago. Now as Quality Bike, Ron's architecture lives on.

A OK Market
A OK Market

Original sketch of A OK Market, circa 1963

Quality Bike
Quality Bike

Quality Bike, today (photo courtesy of Quality Bike)

A OK Market
A OK Market

Original sketch of A OK Market, circa 1963

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400 E Jones St
400 E Jones St

Forsyth Park Renovation
Forsyth Park Renovation

Skidaway Island Observation Tower
Skidaway Island Observation Tower

400 E Jones St
400 E Jones St

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Through the Decades

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Major projects completed by Lominack Kolman Smith since the 1970s.

 

 

 

 
Santee National Wildlife Refuge
Santee National Wildlife Refuge

Merrit Island
Merrit Island

Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge

Savannah State University
Savannah State University

Santee National Wildlife Refuge
Santee National Wildlife Refuge

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The 1970s
The 1980s
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Rehab
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Rehab

Savannah Station Rehab
Savannah Station Rehab

Siler Hall
Siler Hall

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Rehab
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Rehab

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The 1990s
Kehoe House Rehabilitation
Kehoe House Rehabilitation

The Beach Institute Rehabilitation
The Beach Institute Rehabilitation

Benedetto Guitars
Benedetto Guitars

Kehoe House Rehabilitation
Kehoe House Rehabilitation

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The 2000s