The Georgia Trust

FACT SHEETS: THE GEORGIA TRUST

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, chartered in 1973, is one of the country’s largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations.. Committed to preserving and enhancing Georgia’s communities and their diverse historic resources for the education and enjoyment of all, The Georgia Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund; provides design assistance to 102 Georgia Main Street cities; encourages neighborhood revitalization; trains Georgia’s teachers to engage students in 61 Georgia school systems to discover state and national history through their local historic resources; and advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts. The Georgia Trust is a recipient of the Trustees Award for Organizational Excellence from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

GOALS

Increase the number of historic buildings and places that are protected, preserved and actively used in Georgia

Broaden understanding of preservation’s enormous economic impact on community revitalization and quality of life
Expand support for preservation in Georgia by increasing public awareness, forging partnerships, and building a strong and active membership
Encourage good preservation practices by compiling and publicizing success stories from around the state
Promote historic buildings and places as the best means for understanding the relevance of history to our daily lives

PROPERTIES

The Georgia Trust operates two historic house museums:

Hay House, 1859, Macon. This four-level Italian Renaissance Revival-style mansion is crowned by a three-story cupola, which is used in The Georgia Trust’s logo. “The Palace of the South” is a National Historic Landmark and has been featured on A&E’s “America’s Castles.”

Rhodes Hall, 1904, Midtown Atlanta. Rhodes Hall, headquarters of The Georgia Trust, is a Romanesque Revival-style mansion built by furniture magnate Amos Rhodes. The “castle” is one of the few remaining palatial residences that once lined Peachtree Street and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

PROGRAMS

Advocacy – The Georgia Trust coordinates Georgians for Preservation Action (GaPA), a statewide network of preservation advocates to encourage state and national public policies that promote preservation of historic resources. The Trust’s local advocacy initiatives have helped protect threatened historic sites such as the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island and Calvary Church in Americus.

Main Street Design Assistance – The Georgia Trust offers design and technical assistance to Georgia’s 105 designated Main Street cities and downtowns, as well as to other communities throughout the state, in order to encourage rehabilitation and the revitalization of Georgia’s historic downtowns. Since 1982, The Georgia Trust has helped rehabilitate more than 3,000 properties.

Revolving Fund – This endangered properties program enables the Trust to acquire significant historic properties that might otherwise be lost to demolition or neglect and sell them to preservation-minded buyers to restore or rehabilitate.

“Talking Walls” – Since 1991, the Trust’s heritage education program has helped teachers bring history home to their communities by training them to use local historic resources as teaching tools for the state’s curriculum. Recipient of a 1995 Governor’s Awards in Humanities, “Talking Walls” has trained more than 1,765 teachers and reached over 371,950 students in 61 school systems and 54 Georgia counties.

Preservation and Community Assistance – This program provides technical assistance to projects in communities throughout the state, as well as assistance and referrals to individual owners of historic properties.

Preservation Awards & Scholarships – The Trust presents annual awards recognizing outstanding projects and individuals in the field of historic preservation, as well as two graduate school scholarships for preservation studies.

Places in Peril – Launched in November 2005, this program seeks to identify significant historic, archaeological and cultural properties that are threatened by demolition, deterioration and insensitive public policy or development, and have a demonstratable level of community interest, commitment and support. Each listed property also represents an entire category of historic resources that are threatened throughout Georgia.

“Living Places: Building Better Neighborhoods” – The goal of this neighborhood revitalization program is to inform, educate and train community-based organizations to use historic preservation and other neighborhood-oriented strategies and techniques to strengthen their communities.

PUBLICATIONS

The Rambler – The Georgia Trust’s quarterly publication keeps members, media and others informed about preservation issues and activities in Georgia.

Neel Reid, Architect – This book by William R. Mitchell, Jr., seeks to encourage the preservation of Reid’s great legacy to the classical architecture of Georgia and the South. Its sales fund the J. Neel Reid Prize, a fellowship awarded annually to an emerging architect with Georgia ties.

EVENTS

Rambles – Rambles feature educational visits and social events in historic properties. Offered as a benefit to Trust members, these trips are offered in the spring and fall.

Annual Meeting, Spring Ramble & Preservation Awards – This weekend retreat is held in a different Georgia city each year. It includes: the Trust’s Annual Meeting and report to membership on its accomplishments; the Preservation & Scholarships Awards ceremony; and extensive tours of local historic sites.

Special Events – Almost 20 percent of The Georgia Trust’s annual operating revenue is raised from events held as benefits. The Preservation Bash and the Uptown Rhodes Race are made possible by individual patron support and underwriting from more than 50 corporate sponsors.

Study Tours – Tailored for small groups, study tours focus on historic preservation projects in areas outside Georgia. Two tours, one domestic and one international, are offered each year to Trust members.

CONTACTS:

Mark C. McDonald, President & Chief Executive Officer, 404-885-7801
Traci Clark, Director of Communications, 404-885-7802

For more information about The Georgia Trust, please visit www.georgiatrust.org.

 

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