SAVANNAH, GA – MARCH 3, 2021 – Ethos Preservation is celebrating its continued success by announcing the completion of several major projects and its involvement in others, as well as an expansion of their team and services.
The firm, owned and operated by co-principals Ellen Harris and Rebecca Fenwick, recently completed a substantial and noteworthy initiative in Richmond Hill, earning accolades in the community by authoring the Ford Avenue Historic District Design Guidelines. Developed by Henry Ford in the 1930s and ‘40s, Richmond Hill has a unique history visible in the simple frame buildings painted white built by Ford that remain along Ford Avenue. At times threatened by demolition and alteration, these buildings are now protected thanks to Ethos’ work.
Ethos also recently published a Preservation Plan for the Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home in Camilla. The nonprofit Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home Inc. now has a roadmap to guide efforts as they launch a fundraising campaign to rehabilitate the historic home of Beatrice Borders. Named in honor of her mother, Borders was a third-generation African-American midwife who birthed 6,000 babies in her home through the turmoil of segregation in the Jim Crow South.
In addition to those projects, Ethos is part of the team for the Master Plan project for Savannah’s Forsyth Park and is authoring a National Register of Historic Places nomination for the Emery Thomas Auditorium for the City of Dublin. The firm has been involved in the development of local historic districts, authored municipal ordinances, developed preservation plans, created design guidelines, and successfully facilitated the receipt of numerous historic tax credit incentives for their clients. They boast a diverse client base made up of municipalities, nonprofits, private property owners and developers – and now they have a new team member to help serve those clients.
Ethos Preservation has welcomed Briana Grosicki to the team. Her expertise includes preservation policy, economics, civic data, and advocacy. She was most recently an associate principal at PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm working at the nexus of preservation and economics. Her work at PlaceEconomics contributed to studies in over 15 states including the 2015 Beyond Tourism: The Economics of Historic Preservation in Savannah report.
Grosicki is active on a national stage as the chairwoman of Preservation Action, a 501(c)4 grassroots lobby for historic preservation, and on the board of directors for the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. She previously served as chair on her local municipal historic preservation commission in Muncie, Indiana and spearheaded a citywide parcel survey called ScoutMuncie. She was awarded the Dick Greene Memorial Historic Preservation Award for Promoting Historic Preservation in Muncie, IN (2019) and named one of the #DismantlePreservation: (un)Official 40 Under 40 (2020).
“With Briana’s expertise, Ethos is pleased to announce expanded services to include incentive development, fiscal impact studies, property value analysis in historic districts, vacant and abandoned property solutions, community impact analysis, and affordable housing assessments and solutions,” Fenwick said. “We’re happy to have her on board and look forward to the wonderful opportunities on the horizon for our company.”
MORE ABOUT ETHOS PRESERVATION
Based in Savannah, Georgia, Ethos Preservation offers a wide range of preservation planning services with a focus on project consulting in historic districts. Rooted in the idea of Preservation with Purpose, principals Ellen Harris and Rebecca Fenwick bring a wealth of public and private historic preservation experience to Ethos, specializing in municipal preservation planning, developer guidance, economic analysis, preservation tax credits, historical research, and community engagement for commercial, residential, institutional, and governmental clients. For more information, visit www.ethospreservation.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 912-349-9617.
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