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                                          FALL 2010 | VOL. 37 NO. 4



A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                around THE HOUSES

                                                                                                                                                       HAY HOUSE DINING ROOM
                                PLACES IN PERIL                                                                                                        RESTORATION UPDATE
                               PEOPLE IN ACTION

                                                                                                                                                            he restoration of the Dining Room at Hay House has
                                                   he 2011 Places in Peril list marks the sixth
                                                                                                                                                            progressed beautifully over the course of the summer
                                                   year of The Georgia Trust’s outstanding        2011 OFFICERS & BOARD OF TRUSTEES
                                                                                                                                                       with a team of conservators from International Fine Arts
                                                   endangered properties program. Since           Officers
                                                                                                                                                       Conservation Studio (IFACS). Using paint analysis to deter-
                                          2006, we have compiled a list of 10 historic            Mr. G. Kimbrough Taylor, Chairman

                                          places across the state that are at risk of neglect,
                                                                                                  Mr. Michael L. Starr, Past Chairman                  mine the colors originally used by the Johnstons in the 1870s,
                                                                                                  Mrs. May B. Hollis, Vice-Chairman
                                          lack of funding, encroaching development or             Mr. W. Wright Mitchell, Vice-Chairman                the conservators have restored the paint finishes in the ceiling
                                                                                                  Mr. Tom B. Wight III, Treasurer
                                          demolition. This program has highlighted the            Mr. Leslie G. Callahan III, Secretary
                                                                                                                                                       and two friezes: one featuring urns, putti and garlands on a
                                          historic significance of some very remarkable                                                                 gold background just under the barrel vaulted ceiling, and
                                                                                                  Executive Committee at Large
                                          sites including Cockspur Lighthouse near Tybee          Mr. Robert L. Brown, Jr., FAIA, Decatur              the other a lincrusta (raised relief) frieze of fruit on a vine
                                          Island, Pasaquan in Buena Vista, the Wren’s             Mr. George Lanier, Atlanta
                                                                                                  Mr. Jack Pyburn, FAIA, Atlanta
                                                                                                                                                       above the wainscoting. Make plans to visit this fall to view
                                          Nest in Atlanta, and Central State Hospital in          Mr. James R. Vaseff, AIA, Decatur                    additional restoration of the furniture, stained glass, flooring
                                          Milledgeville. The program has also introduced          Board of Trustees                                    and more.
     us to some very wonderful people.                                                            Mrs. Tamara A. Bazzle, FASID, Atlanta
                                                                                                  Mr. W. Moses Bond, Atlanta                                                                                                           Progress continues on the restoration of Hay House’s dining room.
                                                                                                  Mr. Tom Watson Brown, Jr., Evans
     In 2008, the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded The Georgia Trust a            Dr. Margaret Calhoon, Atlanta                        ..........................................................................................
     $140,000 Partners in the Field grant in order to enhance our program by hiring a field        Ms. Carol Chancey, Newnan                            ..........................................................................................
                                                                                                  Mr. Chris Clark, Atlanta
     services manager who would work with Places in Peril partners to move these historic         Mrs. Greta Covington, Athens
     sites from their “endangered” status to the “saved” category. The plan was for our           Dr. David Crass, Atlanta
                                                                                                                                                       LETTERS FROM
                                                                                                                                                       HAY HOUSE
                                                                                                  Ms. Patricia Carter Deveau, Atlanta
     employee, Jordan Poole, to develop a close working relationship with the key local           Ms. Elizabeth Dubose, Savannah                                                                                                   N. B. Spellings and spacings are those of the author
                                                                                                  Ms. Adina Erwin, Atlanta
     organization and individuals near the properties in order to develop and implement a

                                                                                                  Mr. Carl Gable, Atlanta
     strategy for their preservation. I am pleased to say that the program has been a great       Mrs. Carole Griffith, East Point                            ecently Judge Walter Matthews, Judge Thomas J. Matthews,              Paris – 8th December 1853
                                                                                                  Mr. F. Sheffield Hale, Atlanta
     success. We have not made progress with all the sites – we even lost Bibb Mill in            Mr. Nathaniel Hansford, Lexington                          and Mr. Allen R. Matthews donated letters written by William
     Columbus to a fire – but overall our track record is outstanding.                             Mr. John Hildreth, Charleston. S.C.
                                                                                                                                                       Butler Johnston (1809-1887), original owner of Hay House, to The            […] The houses in Paris are generally from 4 to 7 stories
                                                                                                  Mr. R. Jackson Kelly, Atlanta
                                                                                                  Ms. Chris Lambert, Madison                           Georgia Trust.                                                              high. They are constructed so that you enter from the street
     Because of the hardworking, creative collaboration between our partners and The              Mr. Richard Laub, Atlanta
                                                                                                                                                           On the right is an excerpt from a letter by William Butler
                                                                                                  Mr. Ira D. Levy, Rome                                                                                                            through a large gate (which is a coach way) into a court or
     Georgia Trust, we have created positive momentum on most of the places on our                Mr. Thomas Little, Atlanta                           Johnston to his younger brother Edmund Johnston. While W. B.
                                                                                                  Mr. Robert Long, Atlanta                                                                                                         back yard and from that you enter the house and in the rear
     list. The friendships and partnerships we have formed have been even more valuable,                                                               Johnston was traveling abroad on a “Grand Tour” honeymoon from
                                                                                                  Mrs. Helen Tapp Montgomery, Atlanta
     because these relationships, if nurtured properly, will benefit preservation of projects                                                                                                                                       is a winding stair way which leads to the top with a plat-
                                                                                                  Mr. William B.Peard, Atlanta                         1851-53, Edmund was in Macon managing their joint business
     yet to come. These people have also been an enormous inspiration to the trustees and         Mr. Richard C. Perkey, Atlanta
                                                                                                                                                       ventures and keeping his brother abreast of news at home.                   form at each story, from which to enter the different apart-
                                                                                                  Mrs. Gracie G. Phillips, Atlanta
     staff of The Georgia Trust.                                                                  Mrs. Heidi Ream, Macon                                   “Such a letter, written before design of the Johnston-Felton-           ments (the stair way being a publick thoroughfare for the
                                                                                                  Mrs. Dean DuBose Smith, Atlanta                                                                                                  different families that occupy the house and their visitors).
                                                                                                  Mr. Ted Sullivan, Atlanta                            Hay House had begun, is invaluable because it helps us understand
     One such person is Mrs. Betty Collins. This summer, Jordan Poole and I drove to              Mr. Jeffery L. Warwick, Atlanta                      some of the influences and ideas that William Butler Johnston                Each story is [illegible] up in separate apartments with its
                                                                                                  Mrs. Harvey L. Wilson, Eatonton
     Talbotton, Georgia, to meet Mrs. Collins, her daughter and three priests from the            Mr. Smith M. Wilson IV, Athens                       and his wife Anne Tracy Johnston gathered on their extended                 bed rooms, parlor, dining room and kitchen for each, and
     Episcopal Church to talk about the future of the priceless Zion Church built in 1848 by      Mr. Todd M. Wilson, Valdosta                         honeymoon journey,” said Katey Brown, Director of Hay House.                every story has a separate family and in some instances
     an unknown master carpenter. For years the Collins family has personally cared for           Mr. Mark C. McDonald, President & CEO                “For example, in this letter from Paris in 1853, written at the end         two or three families in each story. Most of the houses are
     the building, doing restoration work, painting, and keeping up the grounds. Now in           The Rambler is a quarterly publication of The        of their trip, Mr. Johnston is impressed by the houses that rise            furnished and you rent an apartment by the month pay-
     her eighties and widowed, Mrs. Collins tearfully told our group that she was physically      Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, one         seven stories high with a winding stairway and platforms at each            ing a month in advance. The whole apartment is furnished
                                                                                                  of the country’s largest statewide preservation
     unable to care for the building any longer. She poignantly presented the sole surviving                                                           story. A similar construction can be found in their eventual home
                                                                                                  organizations. The Trust works to protect and                                                                                    complete the Parlor, bed rooms dining room Kitchens are
     six-inch brass front door key to Father Jeff Jackson of St. Nicholas Church in nearby        preserve Georgia’s historic resources and diverse    on Georgia Avenue in Macon, where the seven-story Italianate
                                                                                                  cultural heritage.                                                                                                               all ready for keeping house with the exception of the linens
     Hamilton, Georgia.                                                                                                                                house features a central, spiral staircase with three landings before
                                                                                                  The Rambler seeks to increase public awareness and                                                                               and knifes and forks and spoons and those you can rent
                                                                                                  understanding of preservation’s economic impact
                                                                                                                                                       terminating at the cupola.”
     I remember thinking preservation, like life, is not a sprint or even a long distance run;                                                                                                                                     from a person who makes it their business to keep such
                                                                                                  on community revitalization and quality of life          “We are indebted to Judge Walter Matthews, Judge Thomas
     it is a relay race. We have to pass the good things along to the next runner.                by highlighting current challenges, recent success
                                                                                                                                                       J. Matthews, and Mr. Allen R. Matthews -- brothers who are the              articles to rent.
                                                                                                  stories and how the Trust is active in Georgia’s
                                                                                                  preservation efforts statewide.                      great-grand nephews of William Butler Johnston -- for wanting                                 Anne joins in much love to Flora, Sarah,
                                                                                                  Address all correspondence to:                       to share these original sources with The Georgia Trust,” said Tom           yourself and the children –
                                                                                                  Traci Clark                                                                                                                      and I am yours
                                                                                                  Rambler Editor & Communications Director
                                                                                                                                                       Wight, Treasurer of The Georgia Trust Board and an Advisor to
                                                                                                  1516 Peachtree Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA, 30309      Hay House. “Each one of the letters gives us insights into what the         W. B. Johnston
                                                    Mark C. McDonald                              or email
                                                                                                                                                       Johnstons were seeing on their trip, their business interests at home,
                                                    President & CEO                               Special thanks to Georgia Power for printing         and updates on family concerns. The generosity of the Matthews
                                                                                                  the Rambler.                                                                                                                  the year the Johnstons’ house was completed (1860). We’re like
                                                                                                                                                       family in entrusting these letters to us has come at a perfect time      children at Christmas, excited to read these letters and learn more
                                                                                                  Cover: Zion Episcopal Church, Talbotton
                                                                                                                                                       as we are celebrating the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of
                                                                                                  Photo by Halston Pitman,                                                                                     about Mr. Johnston’s taste, interests, and business acumen.”

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                                                                             JOIN US FOR THE 2011 ANNUAL
                                                                             MEETING & SPRING RAMBLE IN
                                                                             MACON, GEORGIA
                                                                             APRIL 1–3, 2011                                                                                                                                              CALL FOR
                                                                             T     his spring we’re rambling to Macon, when the blooms will be
                                                                                   out, Hay House’s fabulous dining room restoration will be com-
                                                                             plete, and you’ll have plenty to see and do! The 2011 Annual Meeting
                                                                             and Spring Ramble will be held on April 1 – 3 in this riverside city
                                                                             packed with historic homes, a vibrant downtown, and unique sites.
                                                                                 Ramblers will have the opportunity to discover gorgeous downtown                                                                                         Each year, The Georgia Trust recognizes
                                                                             landmark homes, exciting loft projects, revitalizing intown neighbor-                                                                                        significant contributions to the preservation
                                                                             hoods, and the picturesque outlying neighborhoods of Stanislaus, Vin-                                                                                        of Georgia’s historic resources. The awards
                                                                             eville, and Shirley Hills. We will dine at the Armory Ballroom and                                                                                           are open to projects completed within the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          last three years.
                                                                             enjoy a rare opportunity to tour Villa Albacini. We will brunch at the
                                                                             Woodruff House, explore Rose Hill, Macon’s historic cemetery, and                                                                                            The Georgia Trust is now accepting
                                                                             enjoy events at historic theaters. And of course Ramblers will get a                                                                                         nominations for the following:
                                                                             special behind-the-scenes tour of Hay House, Macon’s “Palace of the
                                                                             South,” featuring the magnificently restored dining room.                                                                                                     RESTORATION
                                                                                  Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated planning committee,                                                                                            REHABILITATION
                                                                             including our partners at Historic Macon Foundation, you’ll want to                                                                                          STEWARDSHIP
     Villa Albacini, Macon. For the first time in many years, Macon’s most
     romantic house will be opened for view for The Georgia Trust’s Annual   Scramble Your Ramble to customize your weekend to fit your inter-                                                                                             PRESERVATION SERVICE
     Meeting & Ramble to be held in Macon in April 1-3, 2011. Neel Reid      ests. For more information, please contact our Special Events Man-
                                                                                                                                                      SAVE-THE-DATE FOR THE
                                                                                                                                                      2011 PRESERVATION GALA
     designed this house at the end of his career, and Phillip Trammell
                                                                             ager at 404-885-7812 or                                                                                                      For more information on each category and
     Schutze oversaw its completion. The design is based on the Baroque
                                                                                                                                                      A NEOCLASSICAL CAPER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to download an application, visit
     Chapel of the Villa Arvedi outside of Verona, Italy.
                                                                                                                                                      AT ATLANTA’S SPOTSWOOD HALL
     Photo courtesy                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                      FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011                                                              opportunities.php.


                                 Join the Tour!
                                                                                             The Rosebud Company
                                                                                              Preservation Tour                                       G      et out your calendars and turn to the evening of Friday, March 18th,
                                                                                                                                                             when we will present the 2011 Preservation Gala: A Neoclassical Caper at
                                                                                                                                                      Spotswood Hall. This is a party you won’t want to miss!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Monday, December 6, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (postmark date)
                                                                                              North America • 1973-2011                                   This spectacular 1913 Neoclassical residence sits on several secluded acres     ..............................
                                             Looking for a practical,                                                                                                                                                                     ..............................
                                                                                                   Rhodes Hall • Atlanta                              atop a wooded hill in Buckhead. Built in 1913 by noted Atlanta architect A. Ten
                                            environmentally safe and                                                                                  Eyck Brown, the home also features 1933 interior renovations by Phillip Tram-
                                                                                                The Wren’s Nest • Atlanta                             mell Shutze. The interior boasts a small rotunda with Asian-themed murals by        2011
                               historically accurate approach to                                                                                                                                                                          SCHOLARSHIPS
                                                                                         St. Luke’s Episcopal Church • Atlanta                        Athos Menaboni and a grand curved staircase.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          & NEEL REID PRIZE
                              preserving wood floors? Do what                                                                                              Co-Chairs Georgia Schley Richie and Florence Holmes are planning an eve-
                                                                                             Old Hill Place • Tignall, Georgia                        ning full of lively music, fantastic food, and dancing under the stars. The event
                        others have done with their old, worn                                                                                                                                                                             The Georgia Trust is now accepting entries
                                                                                              James and Dolley Madison’s                              will honor three outstanding preservationists from Columbus, Georgia: Clason        for the J. Neel Reid Prize and B. Phinizy
                        and shabby wood floors since 1973 –
                                                                                              Montpelier • Orange, Virginia                           Kyle; Dexter Jordan, and Janice Biggers. Each has been a strong supporter of the    Spalding, Hubert B. Owens & Colonial
                                  put them on the Rosebud Tour.                                                                                       Trust and preservation statewide for many years, and together, they spearheaded     Dames of America (Georgia chapter)
                                                                                           Stanford White’s Patterson House                           the preservation movement in Columbus.                                              Scholarships.
                                    You will be in good company.                            DuPont Circle, Washington, DC                                 With its sweeping setting and architectural grandeur, Spotswood Hall prom-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For more information and to download an
                                                                                                                                                      ises to be the ideal spot for a memorable evening. Please join us!
                                                                                      Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens • Akron, Ohio                                                                                                           application, visit
                                                                                                  Henry Morrison Flagler
                                                                                                  Museum • Palm Beach                                   Want to Have Fun and Support Preservation?                                        DEADLINE:
                           Michael Purser
                           404.370.0097                                                       Caserta II • Eastville, Virginia                          View a full calendar of exciting upcoming Georgia Trust events at                 Friday, February 11, 2011
                                                                                                                or contact our Special Events Manager at                     (postmark date)
                                                               And your floors, too!                                   404-885-7812 or

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     GEORGIA TRUST, HISTORIC                                                                                                                     TEACHERS TAKE HISTORY
     PRESERVATION DIVISION AWARD                                              Originally from New Ellenton, South Carolina, Steven Eubanks       INTO THEIR OWN HANDS WITH
     ELIZABETH LYON FELLOWSHIP                                             received a B.A. in history from the University of South Carolina.     TALKING WALLS
     TO STEVEN EUBANKS                                                     He is interested in interpreting historic buildings and finding in-
                                                                           novative ways to rehabilitate these resources for the benefit of the
                                                                                                                                                 O      ver the summer, The Georgia Trust sponsored Talking

                                                                           local economy. Recently, Steven helped complete a historic re-               Walls workshops in Bibb, Cobb, DeKalb and Thomas
           he Georgia Trust and the Historic Preservation Division                                                                               counties. Talking Walls, a heritage education program of
                                                                           source survey of the City of Villa Rica and downtown Bremen.
           (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources re-                                                                              The Georgia Trust, familiarizes educators with their local
     cently awarded Steven Eubanks the Elizabeth Lyon Fellowship.                                                                                historic resources and encourages them to incorporate these
                                                                           About the Elizabeth Lyon Fellowship
                                              A graduate student in                                                                              resources into lessons during the school year. Participants
                                                                           The Elizabeth Lyon Fund was established in 1994 in honor of Eliz-
                                          the Public History program                                                                             of a weeklong Talking Walls workshop enjoy fieldtrips to
                                                                           abeth Lyon, who served as director of the Historic Preservation
                                          at the University of West                                                                              museums, historic sites and libraries, and presentations by
                                                                           Division of DNR from 1976 to 1994 and served as Georgia State
                                          Georgia, Eubanks will pre-                                                                             local historians and educators. At the end of the weeklong
                                                                           Historic Preservation Officer. The goal of the fund is to provide
                                          pare a statewide historic                                                                              workshop, participants present a final project showing how
                                                                           financial assistance for projects that acquaint undergraduate and
                                          context on mid-20th cen-                                                                               historic resources can be used in their lesson plans.
                                                                           graduate students and young professionals with preservation pro-
                                          tury mills in Georgia. The
                                                                           grams and practices.
                                          project will document the                                                                                                                                                    SANTA IS COMING
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       TO RHODES HALL
                                                                               To support the ongoing goals of the Elizabeth Lyon Fellowship,
                                          history of mid-20th century
                                          industrial mill buildings, its
                                                                           donations can be sent to The Georgia Trust at: The Georgia Trust
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       DECEMBER 5-11, 2010
                                                                           for Historic Preservation, Elizabeth Lyon Fund, Attn: Kate Ryan,

                                          workers and associated com-
                                                                           1516 Peachtree St., NW, Atlanta, GA 30309. Checks can be made
                                          munities and the changes in                                                                                                                                                        kip the long lines at the mall this year and come to Rhodes Hall
                                                                           out to The Georgia Trust with “Elizabeth Lyon Fellowship” in the
                                          labor, technology and eco-                                                                                                                                                         for a fun, easy and enjoyable Santa experience. From Sunday, De-
                                                                           memo line.
     nomics that influenced the transformation of Georgia’s industrial                                                                                                                                                  cember 5 until Saturday, December 11, 2010, “the Castle on Peachtree
     heritage from the 1950’s to the present. Historic mills                                                                                                                                                           Street” will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring holiday
     across Georgia will be used as primary sources.                                                                                                                                                                   entertainment, music, refreshments, art activities, and best of all, per-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       sonal appointments with Santa at Rhodes Hall. All this holiday fun is

    MEET THE GEORGIA                                                                                                                                                                                                   only $35 per family and includes a color 5x7 photo with Santa. You may
    TRUST’S NEW                                                                                                                                                                                                        also bring your own camera or video recorder for an additional $10.
    MEMBERSHIP MANAGER                                                                                                                                                                                                 Don’t miss out on this opportunity to introduce the children in your life
    NAWANA WILKERSON                                                                                                                                                                                                   (or yourself) to the magic of Santa at Rhodes Hall!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Registration opens October 1, 2010. Spaces are limited, and reser-

    T    he Georgia Trust welcomes Nawana Wilkerson, the                                                                                         For their final project, Talking Walls participants from Thomasville   vations are required. For more information, visit
         new Membership Manager, to our staff. Nawana has                                                                                        used historic photographs, maps and directories to create models      or contact 404-885-7812,
                                                                                                                                                 of downtown Thomasville as it appeared in 1895 and 1950.
    worked with Raisers Edge (our membership database) for
    over 10 years, most recently as Development Associate
                                         at Families First.
                                         A native of Long
                                         Branch, New Jer-
                                         sey, Nawana re-
                                         ceived her B.A.
                                         in Communica-
                                         tions from St.
                                         Peter’s College.
                                         Her expertise and
                                         warm personality
                                         are great assets to
                                         the Trust. Nawa-
                                         na can be reached
                                         at 404.885.7805
                                         or nwilkerson@

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                                                                                                                                                             ZION                       THE STORY

                                                                                                                                                                                        Built in 1848 by Talbotton master carpenter
                                                                                                                                                                                        James D. Cottigham and master brick mason
                                                                                                                                                                                        Miranda Fort, Zion Episcopal Church was

                                                                                                                                                             TALBOTTON, TALBOT COUNTY   constructed with a Tudor-Gothic style. The
                                                                                                                                                                                        structure is filled with fine details stretch-
                                                                                                                                                                                        ing from the crenellated parapets on the roof

                                                                                                                                                                                        to the triple-arched entrance. The interior’s
                                                                                                                                                                                        construction is as detailed as the exterior. The
                                                                                                                                                                                        church has a gallery which was used as seat-
                                                                                                                                                                                        ing for slaves. This slave gallery was used
      10 PLACES THAT NEED YOUR HELP!                                                                                                                                                    regularly for religious instruction of slaves,
                                                                                                                                                                                        which was encouraged by the bishop of the
                                                                                                                                                                                        diocese and Zion Parishioners. Family box
      Once it’s gone,                                                                                                                                                                   pews, laid out in a double row in the center
                                                                                                                                                                                        with a single row of seven pews on each side,
      it’s gone forever.                                                                                                                                                                are as originally installed.

                                                                                                                                                                                        THE THREAT
                                                                                                                                                                                        The major threats to the site are neglect,
                                                                                                                                                                                        lack of maintenance and lack of funding for
                                                                                                                                                                                        maintenance. The structure has significant
                                                                                                                                                                                        wood rot on the exterior along with the need
                                                                                                                                                                                        for typical weathering repairs. Additionally
                                                                                                                                                                                        there is a diseased mature oak tree directly
                                                                                                                                                                                        adjacent to the church, which would crush
                                                                                                                                                                                        the building if it fell.

                                                                                                                                                                                        THE STORY
                                                                                                                      Zion Episcopal Church, Talbotton                                  Historic Rex Village has recently experienced
                                                                                                                 Photo by Halston Pitman,
                                                                                                                                                                                        national attention because of its lineage to

                                                                                                                                                                                        First Lady Michelle Obama. Rex Village is a
                          istoric churches. Courthouses. Old school buildings. Places we pass by so often we no longer notice the swooping ornate
                                                                                                                                                                                        90-acre community featuring properties that
                          marble, the 100-year-old brickwork, the grand courthouse clock. But these places and more face threats every day–                                             were constructed in the 19th century. The
                          perhaps more so because we’ve grown so used to seeing them.                                                                                                   village is home to such unique structures as
                                                                                                                                                                                        Rex Mill, Rex Bridge, and several period
               That’s why The Georgia Trust is bringing attention to ten Places in Peril across the state and providing ways you can help in your                                       homes and mercantile buildings that were
               community. Each site represents many similar sites throughout our state that are just as endangered and in need of community help                                        constructed in the late 19th century.
               as the ten we have identified. So take a look at this year’s list, learn more about the program, and find out how you can help protect
               these properties and others in your community.                                                                                                                           THE THREAT
                                                                                                                                                                                        The new bypass has caused virtually all pe-
               In 2009 and 2010, each Place in Peril received direct assistance as part of The Georgia Trust’s Partners in the Field program, a part-                                   destrian and vehicular traffic to be diverted
               nership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Our field services representative, Jordan Poole, visited each designee and
                                                                                                                                                                                        from the main storefronts. The resulting
                                                                                                                                                                                        lowered property values have created the
               worked with the local property owners and community leaders to help form a preservation strategy. He will do the same in 2011.
                                                                                                                                                                                        potential for Rex Village to be purchased by

                                                                                                                                                                                        developers who may seek to inappropriately
                                                                                                                                                                                        redevelop or even demolish the site. Rex is

               The Georgia Trust’s Places in Peril program seeks to identify significant historic, archaeological and cultural properties that are
                                                                                                                                                                                        unincorporated, has no design codes for new
               threatened by demolition, deterioration or insensitive public policy or development, and have a demonstrable level of community
               interest, commitment and support. The ten Places in Peril are selected for listing based on several criteria. Sites must be listed or                                    construction and uses septic tank water sys-
               eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or the Georgia Register of Historic Places. Sites must be subject to                                    tems.
               a serious threat to their existence or historical, architectural and/or archeological integrity. There must be a demonstrable level of         REX, CLAYTON COUNTY
               community commitment and support for the preservation of listed sites.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Photos by Halston Pitman,

                                                                     CRAIGIE                                                                      HARRINGTON
THE STORY                                                                                      THE STORY

Also known as the DAR Building, the 1911                                                       The last African-American School on St.

Craigie House is the former location of the                                                    Simons Island, the Harrington School rep-
first chapter house of the Daughters of the                                                     resents the most viable and valuable venue
American Revolution established in Geor-                              ATLANTA, FULTON COUNTY   to interpret the Gullah-Geechee heritage of
gia, which was only the second chapter of                                                      St. Simons Island. The building formerly           ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GLYNN COUNTY
the DAR established in the country. Report-                                                    served as the Harrington Grade School from
edly parts of the original Craigie House were                                                  the 1920s until its desegregation in the 1960s,
moved to this site from the Cotton States Ex-                                                  when it was converted to a day care facility
position in Piedmont Park, where it was the                                                    in the 1970s.
Massachusetts Commonwealth Building. A
Georgia Historical Marker, which was erect-                                                    THE THREAT
ed in 1953, is located on the site.                                                            The school building was not maintained and
                                                                                               incurred significant deterioration through the
THE THREAT                                                                                     years, despite being saved when it was pur-
Inman Park Properties purchased the proper-                                                    chased by Glynn Couny and the St. Simons
ty in 2001, but as a result of the downturn in                                                 Land Trust as part of a 12-acre park. Last fall,
the real estate market, the building was fore-                                                 after a grant request was denied, the building
closed upon. Neglect and apparent squatters,                                                   was declared “beyond repair” and a petition
compounded by a price tag of approximately                                                     was placed before Glynn County to demolish
$500,000 make the parcel more appealing as                                                     the building prior to dismantling the structure
a buildable lot to many potential buyers.                                                      and replacing it with a ghost structure. Sup-
                                                                                               porters of the school rallied. The demolition
                                                                                               petition was tabled, and supporters obtained
                                                                                               a second opinion by preservationists that the
                                                                                               building’s foundations were solid and resto-
                                                                                               ration was possible.

                                                 JOHN ROSS
THE STORY                                                                                      THE STORY
The John Ross House is the oldest surviving                                                    Designated as a local landmark in 2005, this
structure in the metropolitan Chattanooga                                                      building is closely associated with the growth
area. The 18th century log cabin offers re-                                                    and development of Atlanta as a major medi-
                                                 ROSSVILLE, WALKER COUNTY
searchers a plethora of physical data on 18th                                                  cal center for Georgia and the Southeast. The
century American frontier construction. Built                                                  Medical Arts Building was the first high-rise
in 1797 by trader John McDonald, the build-                                                    office building constructed specifically for

ing was a major stop for traders and settlers.                                                 medical professionals. It was financed and
                                                                                               developed during the 1920s.

Settling of the building has been compromis-                                                   THE THREAT

ing the construction of the late 18th century                                                  The site was affected severely by GDOT’s
building. The Chief John Ross House Asso-                                                      “Freeing the Freeways” program in the mid-
ciation maintains the structure and recently                                                   1980s that widened the downtown Atlanta
re-roofed the building with appropriate wood                                                   Connector. With the Peachtree Street bridge                         ATLANTA, FULTON COUNTY
shingles. The association has an elderly                                                       closed for a year and the permanent loss of
membership, and due to its location, no local                                                  the Alexander Street bridge, many medical
preservation support. Unscheduled repairs                                                      practices in the building had difficulty re-
are compromising the financial stability of                                                     maining open.
this well established organization.
                                                                                               Numerous real estate deals have fallen
                                                                                               through. Although there are multiple liens
                                                                                               against the building, the current owners have
                                                                                               it listed for $11 million.
Photos by Halston Pitman,                                                     Photos by Halston Pitman,
                                                                      FAIRVIEW                     THE STORY

The circa 1924 Fairview School building is                                                         This primarily antebellum community con-
one of the few remaining educational struc-                                                        tains a large number of architecturally signif-

tures which provided education to African                                                          icant buildings. Before the Civil War, Han-
Americans children in Georgia. Much of the                                                         cock County was a leading cotton producer,
history of these residents has been lost or is                                                     and the wealth created by the plantation sys-
difficult to recover. This building is living                           CAVE SPRING, FLOYD COUNTY   tem is evident in Sparta, its county seat. By
evidence of a time when African Americans                                                          1803 Sparta was one of only five towns in the
wanted, sought, and yearned for a quality                                                          state to have a newspaper, and the town had
educational experience. It provides a glimpse                                                      begun a substantial library.
of segregated education and the impact it had
on the children of the period.                                                                     THE THREAT
                                                                                                   Today, vacancy and neglect of many historic
THE THREAT                                                                                         resources are hindering the economic revital-
After the school closed in the 1950s, it was                                                       ization of the small town. The historic Baker
used as rental property and storage unit.                                                          House was lost to demolition; many others
Since that time, upkeep and repairs have not                                                       are threatened by a new demolition ordi-
been completed. Immediate steps are needed                                                         nance. The Georgia Trust has been involved

to address structural defects. Access to the                                                       in Sparta for many years; most notably, its
building is hampered by deep brush and kud-                                                        Revolving Fund program helped to save the

zu. The floors and roof are unstable and the                                                        Terrell-Stone and the Rossiter-Little Houses.
building is uninsured.                                                                             The Sparta-Hancock Historical Society is

                                                                                                   also active, and the City of Sparta has created
                                                                                                   a historic district commission. However the
                                                                                                   City has not yet designated a historic district
                                                                                                   for the commission to administer.                  SPARTA, HANCOCK COUNTY
                                                                                                   Photo by Halston Pitman,

THE STORY                                                                                          THE STORY
The Martin House anchors the northeast cor-                                                        A local landmark protected by a local pres-
ner of Midtown Columbus’ Peacock Woods-                                                            ervation ordinance, the courthouse was built
Dimon Circle National Register Historic                                                            in 1898 and designed by W. Chamberlin
District. It is a singular example of a Interna-                                                   and Company in Knoxville, Tennessee. The
tional style house designed by the nationally                                                      building incorporated steel and reinforced
renowned architectural firm of Finch, Barnes,                                                       concrete; its fireproof structure has survived
and Pashcal. The surrounding gardens were                                                          several fires with no significance damage.
designed by noted and prolific landscape ar-                                                        Marked by a prominent bell tower still ring-
chitect Thomas D. Church.                                                                          ing on the hour, the building is currently the

                                                                                                   home of offices for the Chamber of Com-
THE THREAT                                                                                         merce, The Downtown Development Author-

The structure is owned by a property man-                                                          ity/Better Hometown Office, and the Berrien
agement company that is cited by preserva-                                                         County Historical Foundation.
tion groups in Columbus as not performing
adequate maintenance.                              COLUMBUS, MUSCOGEE COUNTY                       THE THREAT
                                                                                                   The Berrien County Courthouse is no longer

                                                                                                   used as a courthouse facility and receives in-
                                                                                                   adequate funding from the County Commis-

                                                                                                   sioners for needed maintenance. The building
                                                                                                   suffers from a leaking roof, termite damage

                                                                                                   and failing plaster. The accrual of this neglect
                                                                                                   is causing significant damages to the struc-
Photo courtesy Historic Columbus Foundation                                                                                                                                    NASHVILLE, BERRIEN COUNTY
around THE STATE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            around THE STATE

     PAST                                                                                                                                                                        2007                                                                          CURRENT STATUS: The site was listed in the National Register

                                                                                  Image by Jonathan Hillyer
                                                                                                                                                                                 Raised Tybee Island Cottages, Tybee Island                                    of Historic Places in May 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                 RECAP: Unique island cottages at risk from zealous developers.

                                                                                                                                                                                 CURRENT STATUS: The city of Tybee Island enacted a historic                   Wren’s Nest, Atlanta
                                                                                                                                                                                 design review committee to evaluate development throughout Ty-                RECAP: Home of Joel Chandler Harris threatened by lack of
                                                                                                                                                                                 bee’s historic districts.                                                     funds.
     HOW ARE THEY FARING?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      CURRENT STATUS: Extensive restoration work has been com-
                                                                                                                                                                                 Eleanor Roosevelt School, Warm Springs                                        pleted. Capital improvements have been made to the house’s inte-
     For updates on all past Places in Peril sites,                                                                                                                              RECAP: Unrecognized African American school threatened by                     rior and roof. Programming has increased.
     visit                                                                                                                                                  neglect.

     Andalusia, Milledgeville
     RECAP: Home of literary icon Flannery O’Connor, the estate’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ATL Focus
     buildings need restoration, threatened by encroaching commercial                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Photography
     CURRENT STATUS: Much restoration work has been done to
     the estate’s outbuildings; work on the main house is underway with
     a fresh coat of paint in January. The property is also under review                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ATL Focus offers an array
     for the prestigious National Landmark designation.                                                                                 Wren’s Nest, Atlanta                                                                                                                                  of photography services,
                                                                                        the oldest wings into office space for the board of education and                                                                                                                                      locally as well as nationally.
     Cowen Farmstead, Acworth                                                           an auditorium. Rehabilitation is expected to be completed by the                                                                                                                                      These photography services
     RECAP: House in poor condition; city threatened to condemn                         end of 2010.                                                                                                                                                                                          include but are not limited
     until the Trust assumed ownership.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to weddings, commercial,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              automotive, portraits and
     CURRENT STATUS: In March 2009 Cowen Management, LLC                                Ponce de Leon Apartments, Atlanta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              senior photos.
     purchased the Cowen House from The Georgia Trust’s Revolv-                         RECAP: An early luxury high-rise in midtown Atlanta needs ma-
     ing Fund with the purpose of using the property to accommodate                     jor interior and exterior rehabilitation and maintenance.
     its business, Integrated Sciences and Technology, Inc. (IST). In                   CURRENT STATUS: The Ponce Condominium Association has
     March 2010 rehabilitation work was completed, and IST held its                     successfully completed a significant exterior stabilization project
     grand opening.                                                                     over the last three years funded through assessments to the resi-
                                                                                        dent owners. In addition, the community has purchased one of the
     Old Hawkinsville High School, Hawkinsville                                         rooftop units to be used in conjunction with rooftop events. The                                                                                                                                      HALSTON PITMAN
     RECAP: Largely vacant with maintenance issues due to restrict-                     condominium association has developed a long term maintenance                                                                                                                               
     ed budget.                                                                         plan, which will help preserve and stabilize the building façade
     CURRENT STATUS: Phased rehabilitations have transformed                            and balconies.

     10 WAYS TO WAYS TO HELP SAVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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                   ATTEND the Trust’s ‘Spotlight’ events to show                                     ORGANIZE a Save The Building Day. For proper-                                             CREATE a support group of local business people                              SHARE this Rambler electronically by emailing the
                   your support and learn more about the Places in Peril                             ties with heavily deferred maintenance, enlist the                                        and residents. Organize public meetings. Distrib-                            website link, to everyone you
                   program.                                                                          help of civic organizations looking for community                                         ute information about the building you’re trying to                          know.

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                                                                                        projects, or organize a volunteer’s clean-up day through your lo-                        protect.

                   SUPPORT revitalization efforts by becoming a                         cal preservation group.                                                                                                                                                             ASK a local columnist, television or radio personal-
                                                                                                                                                                                               WORK with or form a local historic preservation

                   member of The Georgia Trust or your local preserva-                                                                                                                                                                                                      ity to interview elected officials about their views on
                   tion group.                                                                     ADOPT a site. Start a written petition to protect the                                       organization. Keep media and citizens informed                               your adopted Places in Peril site.

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                                                                                                   property. Post a web page for online ‘signatures’ with                                      of ongoing changes in the property’s status and/
                   EMAIL letters to your city officials describing the                              full name and zip code. Forward the signed petition to                        or efforts to preserve it. The news media won’t cover every new                                 DONATE to The Georgia Trust or your local
                   problem and offering solutions, and copy local news                  local officials.                                                                          development, but steady contact will ensure they won’t let it fall                              preservation group.
                   media.                                                                                                                                                        off their radar, either.

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around THE STATE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             around HISTORIC PROPERTIES FOR SALE

                                                                             Dorchester Academy, Midway
                                                                             RECAP: Historic African American school suffers from major
                                                                             water damage and deterioration.
                                                                             CURRENT STATUS: Dorchester Academy’s leaking roof was
                                                                             replaced with a much needed new one; decking and rafters were
                                                                             repaired. The Georgia Trust has been working with the Board
                                                                             to complete applications for several grants to stabilize the build-
                                                                             ing. Recently Dorchester Academy was awarded a grant from the
                                                                             Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation Preservation Fund
                                                                                                                                                   BAINBRIDGE, c. 1903.            Originally built in 1903     DILLARD, c. 1870. The Powell House, locally know              JEWELL, c. 1895. Queen Anne style, 4,000 sq.
                                                                             for historic schools.                                                 as the Fordham Hotel in downtown Bainbridge. Ap-             as “Boxwood Terrace,” features panoramic views of the         ft. home on 42ac w/1500’ frontage on Ogeechee River.
                                                                                                                                                   proximately 10,000 square feet on 3 floors located in         mountains. Listed on National Register. 8 bedrooms,           Masterfully restored & updated. Stocked pond, 2 wk-
                                                                                                                                                   the Central Business District. Perfect for mixed-use         4.5 baths. Formally operated as a well loved mountain         shps, storage sheds, mature plantings. Quiet commu-
                                                                             Paradise Gardens, Summerville                                         development. New roof was installed in 2006. Recently        boarding house. Located within walking distance of the        nity w/rich history, 1 hr west of Augusta & 2 hrs east of
                                                                                                                                                   back wall and 1st, 2nd & 3rd floors were stabilized. 1st      shops of Dillard. Currently zoned commercial & could be       Atlanta, near lakes Oconee & Sinclair. See Virtual Tour:
                                                                             RECAP: Internationally renowned folk art site suffers from damp       floor has a completely new flooring system. $198,000.          utilized as a restaurant or B&B. New roof, interior needs– AFFORDABLY                 PRICED!
                                                                             climate and moist environment.                                        For more info & photos, please contact Amanda Glover,        restoration. $138,000. Lorie Thompson, RE/MAX of              $399,900. Call Pat or Ed, 706-817-9314, LakeOconee.
                                                                                                                                                   229-248-2000 ext. 123 or         Rabun, 706-212-2108,             com Realty.
                                                                             CURRENT STATUS: The county recently received a $70,000
                                                                             grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission for purchase of
    Georgia College with Garbutt/Christman, LLC; Lord, Aeck & Sargent
                                                                             the property. Negotiations are ongoing for the purchase and lease                                                                                                                                PLACE YOUR
    Architecture; donors and volunteers stabilized the Sallie Davis House.
                                                                             of the site back to Paradise Gardens’ non-profit organization. Two
     2008                                                                    Georgia Trust workdays have taken place at Paradise Gardens; vol-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PROPERTY IN
     The Castle, Atlanta                                                     unteers cleaned the site of excess silt and vegetation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FRONT OF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8,000 HIGHLY
     RECAP: Low-scale building threatened in high-rise area.
                                                                             For more information about the Trust’s Places in Peril program,
     CURRENT STATUS: In July, the bank foreclosed on the Castle
     after Inman Park Properties failed to pay its $2 million loan.          visit
     The building was auctioned on August 17 for $951,000 to New                                                                                                                                                                                                              BUYERS.
     York-based investor Bryan Latham.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Readers of the RAMBLER appreciate
                                                                                                                                                   SAVANNAH, c. 1822.                Original Federal Home.       SPARTA, c. 1834. Historic Bird-Campbell-Williams historic architecture and are interested
     2009                                                                                                                                          Exterior restoration completed along with the gardens.
                                                                                                                                                   Interior needs restoration. Original period details: heart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  House. A classic Greek Revival style house built on 1.07
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in preserving and maintaining Georgia’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  acre. It is 4-over-4 on all three levels. The home has
     Sallie Ellis Davis House, Milledgeville                                                                                                       pine floors, solid mahogany doors, oak leaf medallions,         been 90% restored, completely rewired, replumbed, 6         architectural heritage.
                                                                                                                                                   hand carved plaster moldings. Over 5,000 sq. ft. of inte-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  H & A systems. All exterior wood, foundation, roof have
     RECAP: African American landmark suffers from neglect.                                                                                        riors and piazzas. Will sell in combination with charming,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  been restored. Most of the original wood & plaster ceil-
                                                                                                                                                   fully restored c.1848 carriage house (1,408 sq. ft.) for
     CURRENT STATUS: Georgia College has completed the                                                                                             $899,000. Will sell separately: main house ($535,000),         ing medallions are intact. 5,774 sq.ft. Contact Robin Be-   To advertise your historic property to a
                                                                                                                                                   carriage house ($425,000). Across the street from Dav-         riault, Craig Massee Real Estate, 478-454-7063,             statewide audience, visit www.GeorgiaTrust.
     structural stabilization phase of restoration of the Sallie Ellis                                                                             enport House Museum. View at www.401BroughtonSt.                                       org or contact Traci Clark at 404-885-7802,
                                                                                                                                                   com Contact: Lynne Bozeman, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s
     Davis House. Garbutt/Christman, LLC and Lord, Aeck & Sar-                                                                                     International Realty, 912-665-1116 or 912.234.3323,                                                              
     gent Architecture have been instrumental in the efforts along
     with many donors - including subcontractors, alumni, and foun-
     dations. The project is now in phase two of construction.                                                                                       THE GEORGIA
     Battery Backus, Tybee Island                                                                                                                    ENDANGERED
     RECAP: Spanish American War-era fortifications threatened                                                                                        PROPERTIES
     by development and demolition.                                                                                                                  FOR SALE
     CURRENT STATUS: The listing of Battery Backus as a 2009
                                                                                                                                                     The Revolving Fund Program was
     Place in Peril has helped facilitate the creation of local historic                                                                             established to provide effective
     districts on Tybee Island and a Fort Screven Historic Review                                                                                    alternatives to demolition or neglect
     Commission. Requests to develop the property (and destroy the                                                                                   of architecturally and historically
     Battery) have been denied under the Georgia Coastal Protection                                                                                  significant properties by promoting
                                                                                                                                                     their rehabilitation and monitoring their                  CHERRY COTTAGE                                                MADISON FOLK VICTORIAN
     act. Currently the site is owned by a bank.                                                                                                     preservation in perpetuity.                                Washington, c. 1818. 4BR/2BA home built by Constan-           Madison, c. 1891. This folk Victorian style house was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                tine Church who bought the lot in 1784. Features in-          built by Joseph M. McLeroy. According to historians,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                clude a large sitting room, parlor, formal dining room        the property would have been a desirable location at
          Learn more about past Places in Peril.                                                                                                     For more information and photos of the                     and library. Located in a beautiful historic neighbor-        the time, as it had close proximity to the railroad depots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Georgia Railroad arrived in 1841 and the Covington &
                                                                                                                                                     Trust’s Endangered Properties For Sale,                    hood. $175,000. Now $140,000. Contact Kate Ryan,
          Visit to see a complete list of                                                                                                                                                  404-885-7817,                         Macon–later the Central of Georgia–arrived in 1888).
                                                                                                                                                     visit                                                                                              $35,000. Contact Kate Ryan, 404-885-7817, kryan@
          updates on all Places in Peril sites.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          around MEMBERSHIP

     CONSTRUCTION IS NOW                                                  GEORGIA TRUST
     UNDERWAY ON THE                                                      SUSTAINABILITY TASK FORCE                                                                     CHAIRMAN’S COUNCIL                                                            CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE
     GEORGIA THEATRE                                                      UPDATE                                                                               Mr. Clayton P. Boardman III              Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Magruder          AAA Parking                             JEZEBEL Magazine
     Athens, Clarke County                                                                                                                                     The John and Mary Franklin               Richard King Mellon Foundation       Avante Catering                         Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lanier

                                                                                                                                                                  Foundation                            Sara Giles Moore Foundation          Dr. Benjamin C. Clark, Jr.              The Ray M. and Mary

                                                                                he Georgia Trust and Southface Institute have undertaken a
                                                                                                                                                               Georgia Power                            Katherine and John Murphy            Mr. William N. Banks                       Elizabeth Lee Foundation
           une marked the first anniversary of the Georgia Theatre’s             market study to determine the feasibility of the creation of a cer-            Mr. Bradley Hale                            Foundation                        Carole Parks Catering                   Lexis Nexis
           devastating fire, and reconstruction is now underway. Over      tification program for historic buildings that are being rehabilitated in             Mr. and Mrs. F. Sheffield Hale            Ms. Frances H. Shropshire            Dennis Dean: A Catering                 Lord, Aeck & Sargent, Inc.
     the past year theater owner Wil Green has worked diligently to       an environmentally sustainable and energy efficient manner. We will                   Mr. and Mrs. Howell Hollis               Soiree Catering and Events               Company                             Masterpiece Catering
     rebuild this important historic building in downtown Athens.                                                                                              Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Hoyt, Jr.           Synovus                              Dewberry Foundation                     Colonel Wayne Mock
                                                                          be contacting Main Street managers and developers, who specialize in                 Ron Jones Photography                    The Watson-Brown Foundation          DueDilligence Associates, Inc.          Sun In My Belly
     Through a partnership with The Georgia Trust, the Georgia The-       historic preservation, across the state and asking a series of questions,            Kilpatrick Stockton LLP                  Mr. Tom B. Wight                     Mrs. John T. Godwin                     SunTrust
     atre Rehabilitation Fund was established to accept donations to      which we hope will lead to some answers about whether there is a                     John S. and James L. Knight              Williams Family Foundation of        Jerry Dilts and Associates              Mr. G. Kimbrough Taylor and
     be used solely for the rehabilitation of this historic theater. To                                                                                           Foundation                               Georgia                               Caterers                            Ms. Triska Drake
                                                                          strong market for a certification system. This would be the first such                 Mr. and Mrs.Wyck A. Knox, Jr.            1772 Foundation                      Fannie B.H. Jones Unitrust
     date over 150 individuals and organizations have contributed to      system existing in the United States.
     this fund. Additional support has come from benefit concerts,             The Georgia Trust continues to be                                            ..........................................................................................
     auctions and even beer. Thank you to all who have contributed
                                                                          a national leader in emerging pres-
     and continue to support this theater’s rehabilitation!               ervation practices. Board Chairman                                               WELCOME                                           Jennifer and Todd                                Sally and Richard
         To donate to the fund or for more information on the theatre     Kim Taylor has made this program a                                               NEW MEMBERS                                           Ranck             Sandy Springs                  O’Harrow
     project, visit                                                                                                                  (May 16, 2010 - July 31, 2010)                    Rebecca and Mark      Andrew Smith               Beth and Robert               IN MEMORIAM
                                                                          priority for his tenure as the head of                                                                                                 Riley                                            O’Neill
                                                                          our Board of Trustees.                                                           Individual               Deby Glidden             John Seffrin                                                                        Fran Bradford
                                                                                                                                                           Atlanta                  Carol and Henry Gordy    Todd Smith            Business                   Heritage Contributor         Virginia & King Solomon
                                                                                                                                                           Martha and George        Kevin Hanrahan           Margaret Ann and      Atlanta                    Patricia and James
                                                                                                                                                               Atkins               Florence Holmes              Chris Stewart     Diane Kirkland                 Bethel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Anne Sheffield Hale
                                                                                                                                                               Donna and            Christy and Ted          Karen and Haynes          Photography            Pam Tate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ann Urhy Abrams
                                                                                                                                                           William Barwick              Hooper                   Taylor            Jackson Spalding
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Helen and Ray Weeks   Structor Group             Presidential Circle          Janice and Jimmy Biggers
                                                                                                                                                           Jeanne and B. Carroll    Katie and Joel Hughey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Teri and Moses Bond

                                                                                                                                                               Berry                Pharris Johnson                                                           Mr. and Mrs. John W.
                                                                                                                                                           John Black               Patricia King            Dunwoody              Blakely                        Walden                   Donna and Michael Egan
                                                                                                                                                           Greg Bontrager           Anna and Hays            Nancy and Charles     Court Square                                          Carmie and Mark McDonald
                                                                                                                                                           Reverand Noel C.             Mershon                 Rigby                  Development                                            Mrs. Jack J. Spalding
                                                                                                                                                               Burtenshaw           Karina and James                                                          HAY HOUSE                     Susan and Michael Starr
                                                                                                                                                           Mera Cardenas                Miller               Macon                 Duluth                     MEMBERS                   Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Sterling, Jr.
                                                                                                                                                           Chris Clark              Harriet and Sandy        Cal Hays              Enrichment                 Individual                          Tom B. Wight
                                                                                                                                                           Greta Covington              Miller                                         Photography            Bronze
                                                                                                                                                           David Crass              Sara and Edwin Neel      Madison                                          Pam and Joshua                      Mary Moore
                                                                                                                                                           Beth and Robert          Maybeth and Lewis        Bruce Gilbert                                        Groves                   Virginia & King Solomon
                                                                                                                                                               Cunningham               Nix                                        UPGRADES                   Mr. and Mrs. Philip
                                                                                                                                                           Laurisa Curron and       Kim and Tom Noonan       Marietta              Individual                     Jess Mouchet                   Dixie Stewart
                                                                           Dear Gloria,
                                                                                                                                                               Brandon Bridges      Craig Perry              Mr. and Mrs. James    Sustaining Contributor                                  Virginia & King Solomon
                                                                           I recently fell in love with and purchased a house that dates to the                                                                  Southerland       Kristi and David           Business
                                                                                                                                                           Margaret and Dallas      Joanna and Charles
                                                                           1930s. I think the house falls within a historic district, but this gem             Denny                    Pinkham                                        Justice                Piazza
     The marquee of the Georgia Theatre says it all.                       needs A LOT of polishing. I heard that there were tax incentives for
                                                                           rehabilitation. Can you tell me more about them and whether or not my
                                                                                                                                                           Fraser Duke              Lib and Neal Quirk       Roswell
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Barrington Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Georgia Power –
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         IN HONORARIUM
                                                                                                                                                           Ralph Edwards
                                                                           house qualifies?
                                                                                                             - Michael C. from Dublin, Georgia                                                                                                                                                Virginia Solomon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JOIN OUR                       Mrs. William P. Simmons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EMAIL LIST!
                                                                           Dear Michael,                                                                     GEORGIA TRUST                                                                                  Visit
                                                                           Yes, both state and federal tax incentives exist for rehabilitation
                                                                           projects! In Georgia, owners of historic buildings may apply to claim
                                                                                                                                                             STUDY TOUR
                                                                           25% of their rehabilitation expenditures as a state income tax credit.            November 1-4
                                                                           The federal Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit program provides a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SO WHAT DO YOU THINK OF
                                                                           federal income tax credit of 20% of qualified rehabilitation expenses              Tour Palm Springs                                                                                THE 2011 LIST OF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PLACES IN PERIL?
                                                                           to owners of certified historic structures, and a 10% credit to owners
                                                                           of non-historic buildings built before 1936. Federal rehabilitation tax
                                                                                                                                                             this Fall!
                                                                           credits only apply to properties that are used for income producing               How can one city combine the beauty                                                              Let us know.
                                                                           purposes, but the state tax credit is available, though with different            of nature with the allure of nightlife?
                                                                           caps, for income and non-income producing buildings.                              It’s possible in Palm Springs. A city
                                                                                                                                                             that once hosted glittering Hollywood
                                                                           Things to know when considering rehabilitation tax credits: the year              celebrities, today’s Palm Springs is
                                                                           in which your house was built; if it is listed or eligible for listing in the     experiencing a renaissance, catering
                                                                           National Register of Historic Places, in the Georgia Register of Historic         to a new breed of famous, elite and
                                                                           Places or if it contributes to a listed historic district; approximately how      those seeking fun and recreation.
                                                                           much your rehabilitation project will cost; and whether or not you intend         Join our select group for a look at this
                                                                           to use your house to produce income.                                              unexplored city-in-the desert.
     Construction workers prepare the theatre’s                                                                                                                                                                                                               MOVING? Be sure to let us know your
     foundation for upcoming rehabilitation work.
                                                                           ..........................................                                                 Space is limited! Reservations required. Book NOW to hold spaces.                       new mailing address. Contact Nawana
                                                                           Have a question about your historic house or building?                                                                                                                             Wilkerson at 404-885-7805 or nwilkerson@
                                                                           Email or write to Dear Gloria,                                     Call Ken Ward Travel at 800-843-9839 or 404-261-1688                      
                                                                           The Georgia Trust, 1516 Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.                                or visit for more information.

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                                                                                                    NON-PROFIT ORG.
                                                                                                    U.S. POSTAGE
                                                                                                    PERMIT NO. 1672
                                                                                                    ATLANTA, GA

1516 Peachtree St., N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30309-2908

              Santa                                At Rhodes Hall
                                                            Tickets and details:

              Dec. 5th                                      404.885.7812

              Dec. 11th                                     Private appointments with Santa.
                                                            Refreshments, art activities, and entertainment
                                                            in a lavish, turn-of-the-century home.


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