Saving & sharing historic buildings at the end of their life cycle.


Historic buildings are lost to demolition every day. There are many reasons why this happens, from development to economic barriers to acts of God. Our mission is to provide conscientious treatments for historic buildings at the end of their life cycle.

The inherent value in a historic structure goes beyond the object itself; there is great value in the history of the structure, in the stories of the lives that passed through its walls, and in the heritage materials from which it was built. These can live on after a building is lost. Re:Purpose Savannah captures and shares that value through research and documentation of the building, shared in our online archive, Re:Purpose Neighborhood, and through careful deconstruction and salvage of the architectural fabric, available for reuse at our marsh-front Lumber Yard.

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Re:Purpose Savannah provides opportunities for women to gain skills and experience for careers in construction and demolition, a heavily male-dominated field. We provide training and certification through our Apprenticeship Program.

We support local craft economies through access to affordable, sustainable materials and workspace in our business incubator community, Emergent Studios.

Above all, we seek to have a positive impact on our local and global environment by reducing the harmful effects of demolition on the health of our neighborhoods and by diverting large quantities of “waste” from the landfill, transforming it into community resources.

Re:Purpose Savannah is operated by Emergent Structures, a sustainability-driven 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to changing our society’s perception of waste. Visit to learn more.