Marco Island icon Herb Savage may be closing up shop in October, but part of his office will live on forever at theMarco Island Historical Museum. Mr. Savage has donated nearly 50 items from his office — including rare photographs, blueprints and architectural drawings — to the Marco Island Historical Society. The materials offer a unique glimpse at an important period in Marco Island’s history.
As an architect for the Deltona Corporation’s famousMackle Brothers, Mr. Savage designed many of Marco’s iconic buildings in the 1960s and ’70s. Now 97 years old, he has operated out of his current office (Herbert Rosser Savage, AIA Architect) since 1979, but is closing in October.
Museum staff Austin Bell, curator of collections, and Kaitlin Romey, curatorial assistant, along with Marco Island Historical Society board member Paul Tateo met with Mr. Savage in his office this past summer to discuss the donation. The Herbert R. Savage Collection, which includes 31 photographs, seven sets of blueprints and seven hand-drawn architectural renderings, will be preserved in perpetuity by the MIHS for the benefit of future generations of Marco Island residents and visitors. The photographs have already been digitized and turned into a photographic album that is available for the public to peruse in the museum lobby.
“What an honor it is for the Marco Island Historical Society to receive such a unique and irreplaceable collection,” Ms. Romey says. “Herb significantly influenced the development and aesthetic of Marco Island. His donation ensures that researchers and visitors will be able to view and research his incredible architecturalwork firsthand.”
Mr. Savage has been a regular visitor and support of the Marco Island Historical Museum since it opened. The MIHS owes him a debt of gratitude and wishes him a happy and healthy retirement.
Mr. Savage, right, slicing cake with Marco Island developers Frank Mackle Jr., left, and Frank Mackle III. This undated photo is among those from the early days of development on Marco Island that Mr. Savage has donated to the Marco Island Historical Society.