The Georgia Trust

2014 PLACES IN PERIL: CHAUNCEY SCHOOL, CHAUNCEY, DODGE COUNTY

THE STORY
Chauncey was the first city in Georgia to issue bonds to construct and equip a modern school building. As a result, the Chauncey School was built in 1914 on a budget of $10,000. The building featured six classrooms, a state of the art science laboratory, and a regal auditorium. Boasting a Neoclassical Revival fa├žade, the interior of the building contains numerous details common to early twentieth century architecture, such as pressed tin ceilings, elaborate moldings and glass doorknobs.

THE THREAT
Approaching its 100th birthday, the Chauncey School (presently a community center) is in need of rehabilitation. Though fundraising efforts on the part of the community have been successful, the town of Chauncey has been a victim of hard economic times and requires assistance to further preserve the school building.

THE STRATEGY
Assist the City of Chauncey in increasing awareness of the site and its historical significance to the development of Chauncey and its surrounding areas. Use increased awareness levels and publicity to augment fundraising efforts. Develop a comprehensive preservation plan for the site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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