Our beloved Birthplace, located in downtown Savannah, is a beautiful example of English regency style architecture from the early nineteenth century, and also a home that grew a leader who changed the world. Juliette Gordon Low was born in Savannah in 1860 and used the house on Oglethorpe Avenue to begin recruiting for the first Girl Scout troops in the nation in 1912. Girl Scouts of the USA is updating the Juliettte Gordon Low Birthplace to provide the features it needs to continue to be relevant, impactful and empowering to today’s girls, while also enhancing visitor experience.
After several years of planning, we are finally ready to begin the construction portion of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace! This will be the first comprehensive renovation of the Birthplace since 2004.
“We are creating engaging and relevant program spaces for our girls; modernizing the store to attract all visitors and provide opportunities for experiences as well as retail; and creating an outdoor space where girls can have their pinning and bridging ceremonies in a space that is developed with them as the primary audience,” said Angela Olden, Chief Financial Officer, Girl Scouts of the USA. “We are also showcasing Juliette’s many talents in painting, metalwork, etc. As this project moves forward after several years of thoughtful planning, we are celebrating the transformation every step of the way.”
The renovation is expanding our use of the outbuildings as program areas, adding flexibility and accessibility throughout the site and enhancing the garden area. The plans align with the vision of Juliette Gordon Low to create a space to be enjoyed by Girl Scouts. Taking inspiration from our visionary founder, the Birthplace will be a magnificent experience for girls everywhere and guests from around the world. All elements of the plan work together to create a gathering space for girls to enjoy the past, participate in the present and prepare for the future.
“As a member of the Birthplace Advisory Committee, I know what a thoughtful, respectful and professional process Girl Scouts has undertaken to develop this plan,” said Patti Lyons, President of Senior Citizens Inc. and Lifetime Girl Scout member. “Staff and BAC members have listened to ideas and feedback from community members, preservationists, Gordon family members, and visitors themselves. It is an honor to help further the legacy of Juliette Gordon Low through this renovation project.”
During the renovation, the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace will remain open for tours. The renovation will also create a rare opportunity for girls to engage in archeological research to determine how the site has been used over time. Girl Scouts will also use the experience to document the sites’ past so it can be shared with others. It's a great time to visit the Birthplace to participate in some of these once-in-a-lifetime activities!
The renovation is expected to be completed by September 2020. Follow the overall progress on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Also, make plans to tour the site to see the action for yourself.