Launch of Ethos Preservation LLC

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Ellen Harris and Rebecca Fenwick are pleased to announce the formation of Ethos Preservation, LLC. Preservation planning consultants, Ethos will offer a variety of historic preservation services, with a focus on project consulting in historic districts.
The company combines public and private preservation planning expertise to offer clients a source for municipal preservation planning, developer guidance, preservation tax credits, historical research, and community engagement. “Guiding our work is the belief that our communities are shaped and enhanced by historic buildings,” said Rebecca Fenwick, co-owner and Principal of Ethos Preservation. With the tagline Preservation with Purpose, Fenwick explained the company’s mission. “Ethos is guided by the principles of historic preservation,” Fenwick said. “This, combined with a promise of honesty and integrity, is the core of our business practice.”
Ethos provides services to a variety of clients to include commercial, residential, institutional, and governmental entities. “For projects in Savannah’s historic districts, we can assist in navigating processes at the state and local levels,” said Ellen Harris, co-owner and Principal of Ethos. Informed by her 13 years with the Savannah-Chatham County Metropolitan Planning Commission, Harris explained the benefits of this experience, “we are extremely familiar with the ordinances and processes which govern projects.” This expertise also benefits municipalities, “we can assist in the development and refinement of ordinances related to historic preservation, create educational materials such as design guidelines, prepare surveys and National Register nominations, and develop rehabilitation incentive programs.”
A certified planner, Principal Ellen I. Harris is the former Director of Urban Planning and Historic Preservation for the Savannah-Chatham County Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC). Principal Rebecca Fenwick is the former Director of Preservation for Lominack Kolman Smith Architects, where she managed over a dozen projects involving existing buildings and assisted with numerous others.