516 Drayton Street
In April 2012, AJMLS 1422, LLC purchased the historic 110,000 square foot Warren A. Candler Hospital building for its Savannah Law School campus located across from Forsyth Park. Originally built in 1819, the Candler building has sat mostly vacant since 1980 when the hospital relocated to its current address.
Renovations are now complete and represent one of the largest projects to restore an historic property in the United States. The estimated cost of the renovation was 20 million and was conducted in partnership with the Historic Review Board and other city planners.
As part of the purchase, Savannah Law School became the owner of the Candler Oak, listed on the National Register of Historic Trees as Georgia’s oldest oak tree. To protect the landmark, four parking spaces in the school parking lot were reserved for the tree’s lowest branches. Members of the Student Bar Association have adopted the Candler Oak as a service project and the tree serves as the law school’s logo.
The respectful restoration and re-purposing of the Old Candler Hospital for use as Savannah Law School has received several historic preservation awards.