Departmental Papers (Historic Preservation)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 1983


Reprinted from Bulletin of the Association for Preservation Technology, Volume 15, Issue 3, 1983, pages 34-38.

At the time of publication, the author was affiliated with Columbia University. Currently, February 2008, he is a faculty member in the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

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In the spring of 1981, an architectural investigation of the "Octagon Room" at the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences in Savannah, Georgia was conducted in order to determine the room's original architectural decoration. Guided only by a few tantalizing clues found in the late nineteenth century plans for the building's renovation, the urbane sophistication and complexity of the room's original ca. 1819 design became apparent after a careful analysis of the architectural fabric (Fig. 1, 2).



Date Posted: 07 February 2008

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