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A pioneer in awakening Savannah's architectural and historical consciousness, Alida Harper Fowlkes made a definite imprint on the lives of her contemporary Savannahians, as well as on the city they called home. She was born June 8, 1908,1 and she died January 19, 19852. Having lived for most of the present century, life for Mrs. Fowlkes here in the South certainly was not always charming. She and her family experienced perhaps more than their share of troubling times. Her grandparents survived the War of 1812 and the Civil War and, like many southern families of established wealth, were financially devastated in its aftermath Mrs.Fowlkes lived through tumultuous milestones. In American history, including the Great Depression, both World Wars, and the Vietnam War. Undoubtedly, these events had an impact on her and her family's lives. Despite these hardships, this Savannah native garnered for

herself the title of one of Savannah's first restorationists, making it possible for others to follow her lead. She was a woman of invariable determination and entrepreneurial wisdom, of unwavering conviction and guarded privacy, of traditional values and quiet achievements. She was intensely devoted to her family and went far to preserve their heritage. These characteristics proved to be the recipe for her success as well as the fuel for her commendable career of recognizing, saving, and sharing a heritage on a larger scale -- the architectural traditions of Savannah's beginnings.

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Alida Harper Fowlkes (1908-1985)

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