Special Topic: Heritage Preservation
Guest speaker:
Robert (Bob) Dickensheets, Public
Service Director, Preservation Specialist of
Savannah College of Art and Design
Date: 7 June, 2009 6:30 pm

Location:
The Book Attic
Shop D1, G/F, 7-17 Amoy Street, Wan Chai,
Hong Kong
Special Topic
Specialised in book restoration
Guest Speaker Introduction:
Robert (Bob) Dickensheets is the Savannah College of Art and Design’s preservation
specialist for special projects. He has led several of the University’s most noted
preservation projects on behalf of President Paula S. Wallace.

Most recently, Dickensheets oversaw the restoration of the historic Peters House, now
called Ivy Hall. Architectural historians and preservationists have deemed the Peters
House an important example of American architecture and one of the finest examples of
Queen Anne-style architecture in the state of Georgia and the South. Revered as a tangible
piece of Atlanta’s fast-disappearing architectural history, the Peters House is the oldest,
most complete and single most important representation of Atlanta’s storied New South
period.  SCAD has won numerous awards for its work on this historic landmark.

Dickensheets’ work on the restoration of the Graduate Studies Center at Smithfield Cottage
resulted in the college receiving the first-ever Mills B. Lane Excellence in Preservation
Award from the Historic Savannah Foundation. The award is only given to outstanding
preservation projects.

Dickensheets also oversaw the restoration of the First African Baptist Church in Raccoon
Bluff on Sapelo Island, Georgia. The church, which is listed on the National Register of
Historic Places, required major restoration, including rebuilding the foundation; replacing
damaged wood, pews and pulpit; restoring stained glass windows; replacing the roof; and
re-creating the church’s lost steeple. Even as he managed these intricate projects
Dickensheets remained active as a faculty member at the university.

Dickensheets also has served as the college’s European director of special projects where
he oversaw rehabilitation projects at the college’s study abroad center at SCAD-Lacoste,
in the Provençal region in southern France. A beautifully preserved medieval village and
vibrant art community, SCAD-Lacoste features facilities that date back to the 15th and 16th
centuries.

Bob will share with us heritage preservation in general and it relevant to literature.  And
why is the past a more fertile ground for literature than the future.

Afterward, Bob will join us at an informal cost sharing dinner.

Dinner Location:
King Palace Chinese Restaurant
Hopewell Center, Wan Chai, Hong Kong