Artley Company (Savannah, Ga.) architectural drawings
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Artley Company (Savannah, Ga.) architectural drawings

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Artley Company (Savannah, Ga.)
Title: Artley Company (Savannah, Ga.) architectural drawings
Dates: 1951-1977
Extent: 0.9 cubic feet (3 roll boxes, 10 folders)
Identification: MS 1385

Biographical/Historical Note

The Artley Company is a contracting firm in Savannah, Georgia that was founded around 1900 by A. A. Artley. Artley moved to Savannah from Pennsylvania. The family-owned business is still operating today.

William Scarborough (1776-1838) was a wealthy Savannah merchant when he built his elaborate home at 41 West Broad Street (now Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive) in 1818. He was an owner of the Savannah Steam Ship Company. His elaborate home, designed by the English architect William Jay, was completed in 1819. Scarborough went bankrupt in 1820, and his home was sold at auction. The house passed through different owners before becoming home to the first public school for blacks in 1878. By the 1960s, the home was vacant and in danger of being demolished. In 1972, the Historic Savannah Foundation purchased the house. They restored it and used it as headquarters for a time. In 1976, the home was designated a National Historic Landmark. After changing owners a couple times, the house was again restored in 1996-1997 and is now home to the Ships of the Sea Museum.

The Critz Buick Company was located at 3100 Montgomery Street in Savannah in 1951. Critz Inc. is still in operation today, but is located at 7000 Abercorn. They sell Buicks, BMWs, and Mercedes.


Scope and Content Note

The Artley Company worked on the Historic Savannah Foundation's 1972-76 restoration of the Scarborough house. This collection contains 9 files of building specifications for the restoration. There is also one file dealing with the Critz Buick Company of Savannah. It contains a 1951 bid from the Dixie Construction Company to the Critz Buick Company for paving a parking lot and a 1951 application from the Critz Buick Company to the U.S. government requesting permission to begin construction of a building for display and sale of automobiles.

The collection also contains 30 pages of drawings of the William Scarbrough house and 4 pages of drawings fro the Critz Buick Company. The plans for the William Scarbrough house were created in 1974-1975 by the Coastal Heritage Corporation for use in the restoration of the Scarbrough house by the Historic Savannah Foundation. These plans contain elevations, floor plans, electrical plans, plumbing plans, and plans for an HVAC system.

The plans for the Critz Buick Company's building at 3100 Montgomery Street contain electrical and floor plans. The plans were created in 1947, but the architect is unknown.

The drawings are contained in three boxes. The first two boxes contain the drawings for the William Scarbrough house, and the last box contains the drawings for the Critz Buick Company. The boxes containing architectural drawings are noted as "VM" (visual materials) in the collection inventory.


Index Terms

Architectural drawings (visual works)
Artley Company (Savannah, Ga.)
Automobile dealers--Georgia--Savannah.
Buildings--Specifications--Georgia--Savannah.
Critz Buick Company (Savannah, Ga.)
Dixie Construction Company (Savannah, Ga.)
Historic Savannah Foundation.
Historic preservation--Georgia--Savannah.
Scarborough, William, 1776-1838.
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum.
William Scarbrough House (Savannah, Ga.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from creating organization.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Artley Company (Savannah, Ga.) architectural drawings, MS 1385, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Artley Company, 1987.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 

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11Specifications for Restoration, an overview, 1975 August
 
2Plumbing Specifications, 1976 January and March
 
3Fire Alarm and Security Specifications, 1976 March
(2 copies each)
 
4Mechanical Systems, 1976 November
 
5Boiler Specifications
(2 copies)
 
6Insulation
(2 copies)
 
7Climate Control
 
8Electrical Specifications
(2 copies)
 
9Specifications for Air Vents, 1976 May
 
10Critz Buick Company, 1951
 

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1-2A-3South elevation; detail of louvered panels, window well
 

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1-2A-4West elevation; detail of stone steps with iron balustrade, stucco scoring on porches
 

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1-2A-5North elevation; detail of balustrade on north porch, section through stair
 

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1-2A-6Ground floor plan; detail of window elevation, door, and stone floor
 

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1-2A-7First floor plan; detail of new storage room and utility sink
 

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1-2A-8Second floor plan; detail of picture molding, false window, south chimney and rear wing
 

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1-2S-1Roof, framing plan; partial plan of second floor
 

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1-2S-2Roof; detail of cross sections
 

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1-2S-3Roof
 

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1-2S-4Ground floor plan; detail and schedule of lintel
 

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1-2A-14Exit stairway elevation
 

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1-2A-15Exit stairway details
 

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1-2A-16Lantern windows and details
 

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1-2A-17Window details
 

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1-2A-18Stair details
 

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1-2A-19Plaster cornices and iron cresting
 

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1-2A-20Wall elevations
 

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1-2A-21Wall details
 

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1-2E-1Ground floor electrical plan; with diagrams of control wiring, fan coil unit, and bypass switch device plate
 

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1-2E-2First floor electrical plan
 

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1-2E-3Second floor electrical plan with detail of fixture installation
 

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1-2E-4Electrical schedules and details
 

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1-2M-1Ground floor HVAC plan
 

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1-2M-2First floor HVAC plan
 

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1-2M-3Second floor HVAC plan
 

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1-2M-4HVAC sections and schedules
 

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1-2M-5HVAC details
 

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1-2P-1Ground floor plumbing
 

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1-2P-2First floor plumbing
 

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1-2P-3Second floor plumbing
 

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3E-1Electrical plan, details include text on fixtures, telephones, and wiring, plus a diagram of the switchboard distribution layout
 
2Electrical plan (a copy of E-1 without handwritten markings)
 
3Floor plan with room finish, window schedule, door schedule, and diagram of building placement with relation to streets
 
4Floor plan (marked by hand)