The Georgia Trust

2014 PLACES IN PERIL: SOWEGA BUILDING, ADEL, COOK COUNTY

THE STORY
A prominent building in downtown Adel, which Life magazine named the watermelon capital of the world in a 1930s article, the Sowega building has acted as a landmark to locals for generations. It was built in 1929 for the Southwest Georgia (Sowega) Melon Growers and utilizes watermelons as a design motif. In recent years, the building was home to Del-Cook Lumber Co., the largest producer of lumber from longleaf pine in the world, and it is currently owned by the Adel-Cook County Chamber of Commerce.

THE THREAT
The Sowega Building is currently vacant and the City of Adel lacks funding for its upkeep. Water intrusion is leading to the gradual deterioration of the upper stories of the structure and contributes to the overall deterioration of the building. Though recent donations have helped to partially repair the roof, the basement requires use of a sump pump around the clock.

THE STRATEGY
Assist the Sowega Building Restoration program in stabilizing the building and identify economically sustainable uses to create income for its continued preservation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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