National Church Residences is holding a celebration at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, to commemorate the completion of the historic renovation and redevelopment of Sister's Court, located at 222 E. 37th St. in Savannah's Historic District.
The $9 million construction allows the building, originally used as a convent and infirmary for seniors, to serve older adults for decades to come. With sections of the building constructed in 1894, the facility is on the National Register of Historical Places and the Georgia Register of Historic Places.
The renovation was funded through 9% low income housing tax credits, as well as federal and state historic tax credits awarded to Sister’s Court by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
Following an extensive review process overseen by the National Parks Service, Choate Construction Company was chosen as the contractor for the project designed by Foley Design Associates Architects. The team took extensive measures to ensure that the redevelopment honored the building’s history and preserved its use into the future.
The work included historic renovation of existing three-story and two-story buildings. A much newer building (from 1998) was demolished and replaced by a new four-story building. The new building houses 21 apartments and common areas, including a laundry facility, recreation and fitness zones, computer rooms and a medical suite.
Sister’s Court now has 78 residential units and beautiful shared spaces for its senior residents. The renovations, which began on March 14, 2016, included repair and/or replacement of existing historic windows, exterior and interior trim, appliance, door hardware, bathroom fixtures, interior storm windows and kitchen cabinets. Updated flooring and wall treatments, as well as updated HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems, refreshed all the existing apartments.
“The improvement includes many updates that will greatly improve the safety and quality of life for our residents as Sister’s Court continues to be a prominent campus in the Thomas Square Streetcar Historic District,” said Sarah Branch, National Church Residences’ Savannah-based project leader.