Savannah, Georgia

Date Completed



Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Excellence in Rehabilitation

About This Project

Norris Hall was originally built in 1858, as the Abraham’s Home for elderly widows of Savannah. The 14,040 square-foot home was designed by the famed New York Architect, John S. Norris, in the Greek revival style. The facility functioned as a boarding house for over 100 years, run by the Savannah Widows Society. The three-story building was vacant in 1989 when it was purchased by the Savannah College of Art and Design. It was named Norris Hall as a tribute to the architect who designed it. In 2013, the school sought to re-purpose the interior in order to house their International Student Services and Study Abroad programs. The exterior restoration of the building has made a distinct aesthetic improvement to the less vibrant East end of Broughton Street. Norris Hall was honored with a 2015 Preservation Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation by the Georgia Trust.