This architectural marvel rose from the ruins of the oldest surviving railroad building in the U.S. Appropriately, the architect chosen for the lofty design and remodel project was Christian Sottile, the valedictorian of Savannah College of Art and Design's 1996 graduating class and the current dean of the School of Building Arts. Sottile rose to the hearty challenge of merging the past with the present, preserving key architectural details of the original structure, while
introducing contemporary design elements, gallery functionality, and cohesive relevance for the city and the cultural arts district of the historic MLK corridor. SCAD Museum of Art (MOA) houses two main galleries with rotating exhibits by some of the most acclaimed figures in contemporary art: the Evans Gallery features works of African-American arts and culture, while the André Leon Talley Gallery is devoted to fashion and high style. Completed in 2011, SCAD MOA has brought the global-art-world conversation to Savannah and to SCAD students and elevated the city to an international level.