Pin Point Heritage Museum

Project Location:

 

9924 Pin Point Avenue

Pin Point Local Historic District

Savannah, GA 31406

 

Client:

 

HKJRS Pin Point, LLC

 

Project Size:

 

2 Acres

 

Type of Services:

 

Historic Preservation, New Construction, Architecture, Site Planning, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Exhibit Design

 

Date Completed:

 

November 2011

 

Awards:

 

2012 AIA Georgia Merit Award

 

2012 Georgia Trust Excellence in Preservation - Restoration Award

 

2012 Historic Savannah Foundation

The Pin Point Heritage Museum is located on the former site of the A.S. Varn & Son Oyster Factory in Pin Point (Savannah), Georgia. Nestled in the coastal marsh, the Pin Point area is the regional center of the Gullah people.

 

Construction was recently completed on this amazing project, and the community and the design team celebrated its completion with a Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony on November 19th. Four historic Oyster Factory buildings were meticulously restored and four new buildings were constructed on the site as support buildings for the museum. New construction included a Womens Restroom Building, Mens Restroom and Family Restroom Building, Company Store, and a Storage Building Additionally, the entire site was redeveloped to allow ADA accessibility, visitor parking, and spectacular views of the surrounding marsh and Moon River. The historic buildings house both static and interactive exhibits which tell the story of Pin Point and its people, promoting and preserving Gullah culture. While capturing history, the museum also aims to promote self-sufficiency in the Pin Point community.

 

For nearly 60 years, the primary source of income and employment in the Pin Point community came from gathering and processing seafood. Crab, oysters, and shrimp were harvested, prepared, and shipped to local markets by boat and by street car. The A.S. Varn & Son Oyster Seafood Factory was established in 1926, and operated until 1985 as the most successful of three oyster factories in the area.

 

When Varn set up his oyster house and crab factory, he created economic interdependence between the Varns and the community. Men and women worked in a variety of capacities at the seafood factory, harvesting and processing oysters in the winter and crab in the summer. Bateau (fishing boats) building, net knitting, and crab trap making were home industries related to the seafood business in Pin Point. Children earned money by scrubbing crab backs and women prepared deviled crab for area restaurants.

Background: Ellis Square, photo by Attic Fire

 

© 2014 Lominack Kolman Smith Architects, LLP

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