Davenport House Museum Commissions Innovative Solution First Green Lane Project in Historic District

Savannah Surfaces and Savannah Hardscapes Construction are proud to announce an innovative new project focused on the transformation of Broughton Lane in the Historic District.  The project was commissioned by the Davenport House Museum.  The client was looking for a way to connect the Isaiah Davenport House Museum located on the corner of Habersham and State streets  with the newly restored Kennedy Pharmacy located on the corner of Broughton and Habersham streets which now acts as the museum’s gift shop.  The project is the first of its type.  The participants hope it will create a model for future projects with other downtown lanes.  Work began on September 25 and is slated for completion October 15th.

The challenge was to create connectivity between the two buildings that are on different streets and face opposite directions.  Uniting them through the lane was the most sensible solution but required a creative approach to make it attractive as well as practical.  Once completed, visitors finishing their tour of the Davenport House will exit through the garden to the Kennedy Pharmacy to collect belongings and visit the museum shop.

Establishing a connection between the buildings will be achieved through several landscape and hardscape modifications that visually unite the two spaces.  Installation of a brick path exiting the Davenport House garden will connect visitors through the lane.  Screening of HVAC units and relocation of trash receptacles will formalize the space between the two buildings and create a more inviting connection.

Green lanes showcase innovative, environmental technologies to help manage storm water, reduce heat in urban areas, promote recycling and conserve energy.  Green lanes can also be used by residents and adjacent property owners as outdoor space for urban gardens.

“This, the first lane renovation of its’ type will hopefully act as an example of what can be done to beautify these common areas of our city and create more green community space throughout downtown,” says Jonathan Rhangos, Owner, Savannah Surfaces & Savannah Hardscapes Construction.

Other companies involved in the project: Sottile & Sottile, the Davenport House Endowment Directors, Bartlett Tree Experts, Historic Savannah Foundation, Thomas & Hutton and John F. McEllen Landscape Consultant.

About Savannah Surfaces & Savannah Hardscapes Construction

Co-Founded in 1996 by Jonathan and William Rhangos, Savannah Hardscapes Construction, originally an outdoor hardscaping and architectural elements company, has evolved over the years to meet the growing needs of the Low Country’s commercial and residential markets.   The original company, long regarded for quality materials, outstanding customer service and superior craftsmanship, now has a complimentary company offering a wide array of surfacing material options to make the design and execution of any home or commercial project cost effective and efficient.  The installation staff of the original company continues to operate under the name Savannah Hardscapes Construction while the expert team on the surfacing side of the business is under the Savannah Surfaces name.  While there are two companies, both operate inside of the same facility and are fully integrated to insure a seamless customer experience.

Savannah Surfaces is the premier provider of high quality surfacing materials of all types.  Sourcing materials from the 4 corners of the world, especially Europe, Asia and North and South America, the company excels at identifying unique products and importing them at competitive prices.  The knowledgeable staff works with retail consumer and design professionals alike to identify the most appropriate products to make each project outcome unique.  Learn more at www.savannahsurfaces.com and http://www.davenporthousemuseum.org/category/press-releases/ .