The Georgia Trust

2013 PLACES IN PERIL: HANCOCK COUNTY COURTHOUSE

THE STORY
The 1883 Hancock County Courthouse was the third courthouse to be built on its site since the town of Sparta was founded in 1795. The magnificent Second Empire style building was designed by the prominent Atlanta architectural firm of Parkins and Bruce. The courthouse anchors the essential center of historic Sparta and has been the site of numerous historic trials and events.

THE THREAT
The courthouse is still in use but suffers from lack of funding for maintenance and preservation. The building is in a state of decline.
UPDATE: The courthouse was nearly destroyed by fire in August 2014. Reconstruction started soon after.

THE STRATEGY
Review a recent building assessment and rehabilitation estimate for the courthouse, and research possible funding sources for such a project. Inspire economic development through highlighting Hancock County's leadership in the preservation of its numerous historic buildings.

 

 

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