Experiencing Auldbrass Plantation

By Gunn Meyerhoff Shay on December 11th, 2017

Carefully integrated into the landscape along the Combahee River in Yemassee, South Carolina, is Frank Lloyd Wright’s version of a southern plantation. Of his many buildings, it is undoubtedly the largest and most complex of all his undertakings. The GMS team had the unique opportunity to visit the privately owned compound which is only open to the public biennially. Special thanks to Choate Construction for extending the invitation to us!

It truly was a spectacular sight. A hexagonal parti was cleverly incorporated throughout; from a rain chain above a hexagonal drain, modular furniture, to the angled timber walls and copper roofs that protruded enough to declare their presence without being overwhelming. Notable too was the Auldbrass Plantation’s logo that could be seen in the clerestory detailing.


As we left the serene grounds and turned for a final glance, the home and surrounding buildings seemingly disappeared into the natural landscape, becoming one with the earth.

Alchemy and Authenticity

By Gunn Meyerhoff Shay on October 4th, 2017

Visiting Venice is always a journey to a place full of art. This year we see her brimming with expression in La Biennalle and dozens of affiliated exhibitions for the best in contemporary art. It is everywhere!Read More »

Sustainability and Recovery

By Gunn Meyerhoff Shay on September 12th, 2017

When architects, environmentalists and planners talk about sustainability they usually mean the ability to enjoy the future without pillaging it for today.  When we designed our home in Savannah we planned it to be as energy and resource conservative as possible for this reason, so we could sustain our lifestyle as our earnings abated.Read More »

Regenerative Planning

By Gunn Meyerhoff Shay on August 8th, 2017

Jane Jacobs, the greatest planner of our lifetimes, believed that cities were organisms, not machines.  Like all organisms, elements of the whole are always dying while other elements are being created.  As long as there is more springing to life than dying, organisms and cities go on living.  Unlike biological entities cities don’t have to die, and few doRead More »

Farewell Saad

By Gunn Meyerhoff Shay on June 26th, 2017

Like a quiet angel, Saad Al-Jassar slips into our design studio every few years. Then, when he feels his work is done, he politely exits without drama or fanfare.

We always feel blessed to have him with us. Whether teaching our young associates how to navigate the challenges of getting dreams built, or incepting another wonderful addition toRead More »

Celebrating Net Zero

By Gunn Meyerhoff Shay on April 10th, 2017

Janice and I love our new home.  It is quiet, comfortable and relaxing.  With two full bedrooms upstairs, and a small bedroom for our grandchildren downstairs there is plenty of space for privacy.  Also, both Janice and I have wonderful offices with all the 21st Century trimmings.  A beautiful living room connects everything, and we have a formal dining room, kitchen and a great back porch overlooking a shady private garden anchored by a magnificent magnolia tree.Read More »

Aspirational Cities

By Gunn Meyerhoff Shay on March 6th, 2017

Our recent trip to Nashville started me thinking about how some cities are evolving in reaction to the aspirations of citizens for progress and success, while other cities seem content to embellish their strengths and resist change. Because cities outlast generations of people and leaders, aspirational change can be cyclical, but as cities get older their culture seems to change less and less.Read More »

Getting the Gulch

By Gunn Meyerhoff Shay on February 13th, 2017

For this year’s annual corporate meeting we decided to visit another Southern city that we learned is enjoying a renaissance: Nashville. Home of country music, Vanderbilt University, and one of America’s favorite convention centers.Read More »

New Year’s Resolutions

By Gunn Meyerhoff Shay on January 2nd, 2017

The days after Christmas and before New Year’s Day frequently find us all making resolutions regarding the year ahead.  Two years ago Janice and I resolved that we would get ready for our senior years by selling all of our real estate, finding a vacant lot in the vicinity of Starland Dairy in Savannah’s Victorian Historic DistrictRead More »