The Georgia Trust

2007 PLACES IN PERIL: CITY AUDITORIUM IN WAYCROSS

landmark suffering deferred maintenance

The Story: A 1937 Works Progress Administration (WPA) project, the City Auditorium in Waycross was home to generations of cultural and recreational events. Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Roy Orbison all performed at this important community landmark. The building has seen few changes over the decades.

Threat: Although still serving recreational functions, City Auditorium is plagued by deferred maintenance, water infiltration and potential condemnation. The building needs a new roof, along with repairs to windows and masonry. Plumbing and electrical components require immediate attention.

Solution: The City of Waycross is taking initial steps to preserve the building, working toward listing in the National Register of Historic Places and incorporating the building into the historic downtown local district. However, both public and private funding is needed to make the building functional for future generations of Waycross citizens. The city has begun partnerships with some private citizens toward this end, but needs broad-based support.

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