Savannah Powder Magazine Conditions Assessment and Restoration Plan
City of Savannah
Historic Savannah Foundation
Type of Services:
Archival Research, Fieldwork, Architectural Photography, Report Composition, Architectural Drawings of Existing Conditions
Following the receipt of a Southern Intervention Fund grant from the National Trust for Historic
Preservation in December 2018, the Historic Savannah Foundation and the City of Savannah
collaborated with LKSA to perform the assessment. Using a methodology of historical research, investigation, examination, analysis and recording, the team set out to gather information regarding the existing physical condition and history associated with the Powder Magazine.
The development of municipal powder magazines located within the City of Savannah is a bit
disarrayed. At least six known magazines existed prior to the magazine located on Ogeechee
Road. Within the Developmental History section, the “Chronology of Powder Magazine Development in Savannah” provides a narrative of the first powder magazines in the City followed by a “Historical Background of the Ogeechee Road Powder Magazine,” including a comprehensive list of its known Magazine Keepers. The Condition and Repair section describes in detail the existing condition of the Powder Magazine with recommendations provided in accordance with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Restoration. The section begins with a general physical
description of the exterior and interior followed by detailed material descriptions. At the end
of each material section, lists of bulleted recommendations are provided for easier understanding.
In Planning for the Future, a “Prioritization and Phasing Schedule” outlines the tasks and phases in which it is recommended that the restoration take place. Following, a “Restoration Cost Estimate” provides the client knowledge of costs in order to allocate funds to properly restore the building. The “Conclusion” provides recommendations for future preservation efforts for the site and its future use.
The Conditions Assessment and Restoration Report can be viewed online here.