Since that auspicious beginning in 1955, HSF started a Revolving Fund to buy and sell endangered historic properties which has now saved over 350 buildings and counting, in not just the Landmark District but throughout several of Savannah’s National Register districts. HSF has grown into one of the most respected local preservation organizations in the country—emphasizing not only the protection of individual historic buildings but also the revitalization of blighted neighborhoods. Instead of being a reactive crisis-oriented organization, HSF became a credible civic-minded organization that puts its money where its mouth is and works proactively to save the city’s heritage. HSF is proud of its outstanding museum, the Isaiah Davenport House, its nationally recognized Revolving Fund, and its educational programs.
HSF demonstrates the cultural, social and economic benefits of preservation as good public policy by proving that preservation and progress go hand-in-hand. Anyone who has visited Savannah knows that preservation is, arguably, the backbone of the economy and inarguably what makes it different from any other city in America. HSF is a big part of that!