The Georgia Trust

2010 PLACES IN PERIL: CAPRICORN RECORDING STUDIO

The Story: During the 1970s, Macon’s Capricorn Recording Studio was a mecca for Southern Rock music legends such as the Allman Brothers Band, Charlie Daniels Band, Dixie Dregs, and the Marshall Tucker Band.

Capricorn Recording Studio filed bankruptcy in 1979. In 1986, the building reopened and operated under several music labels before being purchased by Mercer University in 1999. In 2008, MLK Properties, LLC purchased the former studio with plans to rehabilitate it. On November 3, 2009, the building was foreclosed upon.

The two buildings that comprised the studio were originally built in 1900 and 1910 and encompass 20,000 square feet.

The Threat: The property is located within sight of downtown Macon’s tourism and museum district, but the surrounding area appears depressed and unsafe due to numerous vacant lots and boarded up buildings covered with graffiti. Much of the property is damaged by vandalism and the elements. The roof leaks in many places;  a 15' by 30' feet section of concrete has collapsed from rotten timbers caused by water damage. Copper wiring in the building has been cut and stolen.

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