One of the most significant additions to both the city’s ensemble of performance venues as well as to its available greenspace, the expansive renovation and redevelopment of the historic Kehoe Iron Works site serves as a useful reminder that not every project in town has to involve hotels bending the rules.
Owned and renovated by Connect Savannah and Morris Multimedia owner Charles H. Morris, the Kehoe site underwent over four years of comprehensive, and innovative, repurposing into multi-use event space on 7 acres of prime real estate at Trustees’ Garden, on the highest bluff in Chatham County.
While technically not literally brand-new buildings – the most recent dates from the turn of the 20th Century -- the office tower, foundry, and adjacent all-metal machine shop have indeed been extensively redeveloped, with state-of-the-art fiber/data/audio technology and connectivity throughout.
The space made its public debut last month hosting the final day of the Savannah Music Festival, an all-day celebration which saw the entire campus in use with multiple stages and an expansive VIP area. This week it hosts our own Best of Savannah party for the winners. — Jim Morekis
Runner-up: Husk Savannah