The Georgia Trust

2011 PLACES IN PERIL: CRAIGIE HOUSE

 

The Story: Also known as the DAR Building, the 1911 Craigie House is the former location of the first chapter house of the Daughters of the American Revolution established in Georgia, which was only the second chapter of the DAR established in the country. Reportedly parts of the original Craigie House were moved to this site from the Cotton States Exposition in Piedmont Park, where it was the Massachusetts Commonwealth Building. A Georgia Historical Marker, which was erected in 1953, is located on the site.

The Threat: The building was used by the DAR until 1985 when it was damaged by a fallen tree.  Inman Park Properties purchased the property in 2001, but as a result of the downturn in the real estate market, the building was foreclosed upon. Neglect and apparent squatters, compounded by a price tag of approximately $500,000 make the parcel more appealing as a buildable lot to many potential buyers.

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