The Cassels-Benton Residence at 317 West 36th Street is within the Thomas Square Streetcar National Register Historic District. Originally constructed as a residence in 1915 in the popular Colonial Revival style, the building was converted into a rooming house and hotel in the 1940s. Situated along the brick-paved street just north of the 37thStreet corridor, this canopy lined road is comprised of high-style residences with large porches set back slightly from the sidewalk.
Deferred maintenance overtime led to significant wood rot and safety concerns. As a result, the building was condemned by the City of Savannah as a blighted structure. In 2015, Brad Baugh representing 321 W. 36th LLC purchased the property, which included the three surrounding structures to the west and south, to rehabilitate the multi-family building and garage. Carroll Construction undertook the rehabilitation construction work. Architectural plans for rehabilitating the property were prepared by Kern & Co. LLC. Ward Architecture + Preservation prepared the rehabilitation tax incentive applications and guided designs and construction to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Structures so as to best preserve significant character defining features.
Federal and Georgia Rehabilitation Tax Credits and a property tax freeze were approved in 2018 following the completion of the project. Historic Savannah Foundation issued the Historic Preservation Award to the effort in 2018 in grateful recognition of outstanding accomplishment in the preservation and protection of Savannah’s distinctive heritage.
Brad Baugh for 321 W. 36th, LLC
Ward Architecture + Preservation