The Mosaic is hosting a lecture by Matthew Davis on Thursday, January 30, at 6:00 p.m. He will be discussing the architect Charles Cluskey and his buildings in Milledgeville, Augusta, Savannah, and St. Simons. Davis will explore how non-regional architecture influenced buildings in Georgia, a trend that achieved full expression with the styles imported by the Jekyll Island Club members.
Prominent architect Charles Blaney Clusky emigrated from Ireland in 1827 and set up shop in Savannah in 1829. He is recognized for introducing the Greek Revival style in the south. He is known for houses and public buildings in Augusta, Milledgeville, and Savannah. Some of his works include Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion, the main building of Oglethorpe University, and St. Simons Island lighthouse and keeper’s residence.
Matt Davis is currently employed as the Director of Historic Museums at Georgia College, which includes Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion, Andalusia: the Home of Flannery O’Connor, and the Sallie Ellis Davis House. He was the founder and first chair of the Milledgeville Museum Association, was elected president of the Georgia Association of Museums in 2018 and serves on the council, programming, evaluation, and mid-career committees. In 2012, Davis was named the Museum Professional of the Year by the Georgia Association of Museums. Aside from his duties at the museums, Davis teaches as an adjunct professor at Georgia College in the History Department and the Museum Studies Program within the Department of Art.