St. Mary’s Pastoral Center
Savannah, Georgia
Dawson Architects
Gross area
48,000 SF
April 2015

Originally built in 1937 and known as St. Mary’s Home for Girls, this iconic building is now the Pastoral Center for the Catholic Diocese of Savannah. The project required extensive demolition to the interior, as well as to the grounds itself. After reducing the building to brick and concrete, all-new mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems were installed. New finishes were completed for the entire building, including more than 40 office spaces, numerous conference rooms, a studio, and a new commercial kitchen. The original auditorium and chapel were both restored to their original status, as well as the exterior of the building, which required new entries and windows on every façade. The original St. Mary’s has been preserved, while the Pastoral Center has modern facilities in what is now a historic landmark of Savannah.


  • Build Georgia First Place Award, The Associated General Contractors of Georgia, 2016