Power Plans 2018


Published:

An artist only creates one true masterpiece in his lifetime. In order to be considered for the title, the work must be a sublime creation of epic proportions. The latest project for boutique hotel magnate Richard Kessler will bring those epic proportions to the Savannah River.

 

Hotel magnate Richard Kessler will tell you he is an avid art collector. He will tell you about his warehouse of more than 3,000 original paintings, and about the eight or nine truck-sized containers filled with every kind of art he’s purchased from all corners of the world.

“I have no formal training in art,” says the president, CEO and COO of The Kessler Enterprise. “It’s just something I’ve always had a feeling and a passion for.”

He may not have any formal training, but a glance back at his 47-year career and a peek at his latest project reveal a simple fact that cannot be overlooked or understated:  Kessler is indeed a trained artist. Hotels are his canvas, inspiration and elegance are his tools, and with the Plant Riverside Entertainment District, he is about to create the grand masterpiece of his life’s work.

“This is very meaningful to me; this is the biggest and most complicated and one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done,” says the Savannah native of transforming the city’s 1912 power plant and its neighboring riverfront area on the west end of River Street into an entertainment complex that will feature two boutique hotels, 13 food and beverage operations including three rooftop bars, high-end retail, two ballrooms, a music venue, an outdoor park and much more. “We build experiences; that’s what people want today. What we are pretty darn good at is creating these experiences that are inspiring. They’re fun. They’re beautiful.”

The 4.5-acre complex is estimated to cost about $255 million, making it the biggest hotel project in the history of Savannah, not to mention transforming the largest piece of undeveloped national historic district land in America, Kessler says.

“I was determined to have this property because I felt like we were the only ones who could do it and do it well,” said Kessler, whose previous local projects, the Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront and Mansion on Forsyth Park, have both been wildly successful. “I love Savannah, it’s my birthplace.” 

To find out more about Kessler and his vision for the Plant Riverside Entertainment District, pick up a copy a copy of South's June/July issue.

See our gallery below of photographer Mark Staff's incredible images of the current state of the Power Plant. Kessler plans to keep as much of the original architectural elements as possible.

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags

South's Greatest Pets 2018

Nominate your pet for the cuddliest contest of the year!

Souths's Greatest Chefs 2018

This is the tastiest contest of the year! Nominate now!
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Events Calendar

  • #art912, Grounded

    Mar 30, 2018
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Telfair Museums will feature a commissioned work titled Grounded by Adolfo Alvarado, a Savannah-based artist whose work incorporates cal­ligraphic...

  • Turtle Talks

    May 16, 2018
    10:15 AM - 10:15 AM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    During Turtle Talks, you’ll learn about anatomy and natural adaptations of sea turtles, discuss Tybee’s Sea Turtle Project conservation...

  • Tybee South Beach Walks

    May 16, 2018
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    South beach walks depart from the science center where you’ll join a knowledgeable marine science educator on a guided walk of Tybee’s south...

  • Franklin Pond Chamber Music Awards Concert

    May 27, 2018
    4:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Spivey Hall

    resented by Franklin Pond Chamber Music, the Second Annual Memorial Day Weekend Awards Concert invites music lovers statewide to enjoy an...

  • Tybee Marsh Treks

    May 16, 2018
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    On a marsh trek, you’ll enjoy a hands-on exploration of Georgia’s salt marsh, searching the mud for fiddler crabs, snails, and more. Learn...

  • The Great American Trailer Park Musical

    May 25, 2018
    7:30 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    There's a new tenant at Armadillo Acres—and she's wreaking havoc all over Florida's most exclusive trailer park! When Pippi comes...

  • Jacksonville Jazz Festival

    May 24, 2018
    All Day @ Jacksonville Downtown

    The streets of Downtown Jacksonville will come alive with the sounds of the jazz greats and some modern favorites during the 2018 Jacksonville Jazz...

  • RDS Memorial 5k

    May 28, 2018
    9:15 AM - 9:15 AM @ Kensington Park

    Challenge yourself with a fun 5k located in beautiful Kensington Park!  Grab the kids and enjoy a run/walk with your family, friends and...

  • Camp Moon River at Savannah Country Day School

    May 29, 2018
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM @ Savannah Country Day School

    An Overnight Experience in A Day Camp Package  Camp Moon River is a new full-day, traditional-style day camp at Savannah Country Day School,...

  • Bin Feng 2013-2018 presented by HAZA

    May 25, 2018
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ HAZA at The Stables

    HAZA, a contemporary art gallery, presents their second exhibition with artist Bin Feng at The Stables from Friday, May 25 through Saturday, June...

  • Yoga Me Fit Challenge

    Mar 29, 2018
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM @ Savannah Yoga Barre

    This class is designed for the younger and older practitioner who are seeking growth. Alignment and movement education are essential key components...

  • Girls' Night Out: "The Long, Hot Summer

    May 31, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Baby, it’s hot out there! So, we thought we’d keep it steamy here inside the Post! Our Girls’ Night Out film is a 60th anniversary revival of...

  • Girls' Night Out: "The Long, Hot Summer

    May 31, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Baby, it’s hot out there! So, we thought we’d keep it steamy here inside the Post! Our Girls’ Night Out film is a 60th anniversary revival of...

  • Atlanta Food and Wine Festival

    May 31, 2018
    All Day @ Midtown Atlanta

    Every year, food and wine lovers gather to sip, sample, and savor the flavors of the South. With award-winning chefs, sommeliers, and beverage...

  • Summer Reading Program

    Jun 01, 2018
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Live Oak Public Libraries

    Be a reading rockstar! Enjoy great books, participate in exciting activities and earn prizes. Have fun reading and learning all summer long! Check...

  • Summer Waves Movie Night #1

    Jun 02, 2018
    8:30 PM @ Frantic Atlantic Wave Pool

    June 2nd: Despicable Me Grab your inner tubes and join Summer Waves over the summer as they show two awesome films in the wave pool! The...

  • Little Free Library Dedication Ceremony at Park Place Outreach

    Jun 03, 2018
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM @ Park Place Outreach

    The new Little Free Library, painted by local artist Kimberly Dawn Crowder, will be part of the Flannery O’Connor Book Trail, which runs from...

  • Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show- Saddlebred

    Jun 06, 2018
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Broyhill Equestrian Preserve

    The Saddlebred classes are full of flash and chrome, from the Roadster classes under saddle and in harness, to the gentle giant Frisians. Enjoy...

  • Sue Langford bestselling author

    Jun 09, 2018
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ E shaver booksellers

    Sue Langford bestselling author is coming back to Savannah to sign her newest book Into the Mist inspired by the beautiful city of Savannah and...


Show More...

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Scenes of the South

Lowcountry Annie Oakleys Charity Clay Tournament

The third annual Annie Oakley's Charity Clay Tournament and After Party took place on September 29. The event benefited the Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital in Savannah. The day began at 11:30 a.m. with the driven bird flurry contest. Later that afternoon, the shotgun start kicked off the 100-shot tournament. The after party that evening was open to non-shooters alike, where cocktails, drinks and hors d'oeuvres from Cotton & Rye were served.

Savannah Salutes Empower Health After Party

More than four hundred service members representing every branch of the military from all over the country congregated in Savannah to Savannah to provide no cost Health Care to thousands of Savannah residents as a part of the Empower Health Innovative Readiness Training program initiated by the Department of Defense. The Savannah Salute event was hosted on May 20 at the Savannah Civic Center to celebrate the success of the program and thank all involved.

5th Annual Nine Line Run for the Wounded 5k/10k

More than 1400 runners gathered at Grayson Stadium to participate in the 5th Annual Nine Line Run for the Wounded 5k/10k. The race raises money for the Nine Line Foundation to support veterans and their families.

Taste of Downtown Savannah

More than two thousand Savannah Chamber of Commerce members and community neighbors gathered in Johnson Square on May 17 for the highly anticipated, Taste of Downtown Savannah event. Guests enjoyed small bites and sips of favorite menu items served up by more than forty Chamber member restaurants along with live music by The Cicada Brothers and Wassaw Sound.

Empower Health Distinguished Visitor Event

A group of distinguished visitors from the Pentagon and White House joined several military members who were a part of the Empower Health Readiness Training Initiative to provide no cost healthcare to the Savannah community from May 10 -18. The event was hosted by Edgar's Proof and Provision at the DeSoto and guests enjoyed a casual evening of fellowship and fun.

2018 SCAD Sand Arts Festival

Event-goers soaked up some sun on while watching elaborate, artistic creations rise from the sand at the SCAD Sand Arts Festival on Tybee Island that took place on May 11th.

2018 Savannah Doggie Carnival

The 18th Annual Doggie Carnival welcomed hundreds of pet lovers and owner on Sunday, May 6, 2018 in Forsyth Park. This family-friendly festival featured fun for humans and canines alike with all proceeds benefit the Humane Society for Greater Savannah

Jalapenos Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Cinco de Mayo was a huge success for Jalapenos multiple locations as guests enjoyed food and drink specials along with a LOT of Tequila and fun for the whole family.

Savannah Scottish Games 2018

A grand celebration of Scottish Culture for the entire family!

Kentucky Derby Party for Alzheimers Association

The Homewood Suites’ Rooftop Bar on Riverstreet was overcome by a blur of Big Hats and Seer Sucker suits on Friday, May 4th to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association’s Dancing with the Savannah Stars Fundraiser. The event was sponsored by PruittHealth Hospice to benefit candidate, Michelle Thompson, of Spectrum printing