This historic double house was constructed in 1892 within the Savannah Victorian National Register Historic District. The owner purchased the property in 2015 to rehabilitate the structure for a residential rental income-producing property. Ward Architecture + Preservation completed federal and state historic rehabilitation tax incentive documentation and applications for the owner. These tax credits and a property tax freeze were certified upon completion of the project in 2017.
The Carpenter Italianate style residence at 1313 Whitaker Street was constructed between 1892 and 1894 as a rental development close to downtown. From 1895 through 1906, the building’s inhabitants were families with working members as boarding residents. In 1906, each half of the double-house was divided into two units, one on the first floor and one on the second floor, creating four units within the building. As the building use was changed, alterations were made overtime to update the bathrooms, enclose rear porches, add secondary stairs and add separate entrances. Occupancy declined in the mid 1970s and few tenants appear after the mid 1990s. The property suffered from fire damage soon after and sat vacant for over a decade, leading to severe deterioration of the building materials.
The income producing use, along with the amount of work and expenses needed, allowed the rehabilitation to qualify for state and federal historic rehabilitation tax incentives. These incentives include a state property tax freeze for an eight to ten year period, a state income tax credit of 25% of qualifying rehabilitation expenses, and a federal income tax credit of 20% of qualifying rehabilitation expenses and for the property owner(s). Documentation and written applications needed to obtain these incentives were prepared by Susannah Bull with Ward Architecture + Preservation. Rehabilitation of the building was completed in 2017 and the tax incentives certified by both the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service.
Brad Baugh for 321 W. 36th, LLC
Ward Architecture + Preservation