The Georgia Trust


Since 2005, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation has been compiling an annual list of 10 historic places across the state that are at risk of neglect, lack of funds, encroaching development, or even worse, demolition. Here's a status report on past years' sites.

Adam-Strain Building, McIntosh County (2008)
Fall 2014: Building remains in a state or peril.

Fall 2013: Building still remains in a state of peril. Preservation and fundraising efforts are in planning stages.

Fall 2011: No change in status.

Fall 2010: No change in status.

Fall 2009: Discussions are ongoing to develop a preservation plan for the building.

Fall 2008: Darien’s Director of Community Development, Frank Feild, put together a group to work on long-term plans for the building. The owner is interested in the building being preserved and the group is coming up with ideas for feasible uses. The DCA and Georgia Trust have become involved and are brainstorming with the Department of Economic Development on ways to use the building as part of larger town-wide tourism efforts as a way of bringing economic development to the town.

A.L. Miller Senior High School for Girls, Bibb County (2008)
Fall 2014: The building is still in peril but some exciting developments are underway. A Kentucky based company, Oracle, is pursuing low income tax credits and historic rehabilitation tax credits to adaptively use the school as housing. They also plan to build new single family houses on the grounds. Hopes are to learn more about these financing opportunities later this year and expect the allocation of LIHTC will determine whether or not Oracle will proceed with the project.

Fall 2013: The building is still in peril, and the city is debating on its use. With is central location and proximity to downtown and Mercer University, the city is hoping a use can be found for the structure. The building remains stable but vacant.

Fall 2012: Vandalism and pests are a problem. The dropped ceiling tiles and frames are broken and collapsed but the building is structurally sound.

Fall 2011: No change in status.

Fall 2010: A feasability study is taking place.

Fall 2009: The Georgia Trust has been active in encouraging redevelopment discussions and seeking continued planning to evaluate the highest and best use of the complex.

Fall 2008: The Knight Foundation with Beverly Blake sponsored a town hall meeting to discuss possible future uses of the building and ways to raise funds.

Aluminum Hill Mill Workers’ Houses, Putnam County (2007)
Fall 2011: The buildings remain vacant as potential uses are decided.

Fall 2010: Despite efforts from Eatonton's historic preservation commission, the buildings were transferred to the Eatonton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and due to much pressure from City Council and the community in general, the DDA voted to sell or raze all but three of the seventeen houses in order to clear the site for construction of Habitat housing.

Fall 2009: The buildings continue to deteriorate.

Fall 2008: In January 2008 the city of Eatonton purchased the houses and shortly thereafter boarded them up. The City handed them over to the newly formed Downtown Development Authority so they could decide what to do with them. UGA students did a charette during which they addressed the mill workers' houses.

Andalusia, Baldwin County (2006)
Fall 2014: Since the restoration of the Hill House, a contributing structure to Andalusia Farm, the Cow Barn received a new roof and the envelope was stabilized. The site also has a new executive director, Elizabeth Wylie. The most recent project for Andalusia has been seeking funding to restore the Equipment Shed that had essentially collapsed when a tree fell in February of this year. The farm recently received a donation of almost $12,000 from the Watson Brown Junior Board of Trustees to aid this project.

Fall 2013: The Foundation received grants from the E. J. Grassmann Trust, the Georgia Historic Preservation Division, and the National Park Service's Save America's Treasures program totaling $147,500 to restore the Hill house, the home of resident farm workers at Andalusia during the time that O'Connor lived here. This project was completed at the end of 2012. In 2012 the Foundation raised $30,000 from a state tourism product development grant, the Watson-Brown Junior Board, and the E. J. Grassmann Trust to help with the first phase of restoring the cow barn at Andalusia, which involved stabilizing the perimeter of the structure. The Foundation is currently raising money to replace the roof on the cow barn, with an anticipated completion date of November, 2013. The Georgia Trust awarded the Foundation a $2,500 grant for this phase of the cow barn project.

Fall 2012: Andalusia is still in peril. They have 524 acres of land, but since they only get money through donations and grants alone they can't always afford the repairs they need. They are getting encroached upon by businesses and on-site structures collapsing. The water tower, pump house, and milk processing shed are all restored. The Hill House is almost completely restored, externally. They've almost finished phase one of stabilizing the main milk barn, but they don't have enough money to complete it right now. They lost the Nail House. The main house seems to be in very good condition.

Fall 2011: On February 1, 2011, the National Park Service awarded a Save America's Treasures matching grant in the amount of $120,000 for the Foundation to completely restore the Hill House located on the Andalusia Property.

Fall 2010: After much restoration work to the estate’s outbuildings, work on the main house is underway starting with a fresh coat of paint in January.  The property is also under review for the prestigious National Landmark designation.

Fall 2009: Restoration is continuing on the numerous outbuildings with plans to completely restore the main house.

Fall 2008: Since being placed on The Georgia Trust's Places in Peril list in 2006, Andalusia has completed several restoration projects and is pursuing others. With assistance from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division’s Georgia Heritage Grant and donations from the Knight Foundation, City of Milledgeville, and Friends of Andalusia, the water tower behind the main house was fully restored in 2007. The next year, a grant from the Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board in Milledgeville made possible the restoration of the old pump house located next to the water tower. The next project is the restoration of the milk-processing shed.

The Foundation has also been developing an Outdoor Learning Center with funding from the E. J. Grassmann Trust and the Knight Foundation. This project involved restoring a pond, building interpretative nature trails, and installing tree identification labels.

Interpretive signs linking the landscape with O'Connor's literature are scheduled to be installed in September. Funding for the Foundation has increased each year, along with visitation to Andalusia, but millions of dollars are needed to fully restore the main house and other structures to preserve this internationally significant landmark for generations to come.

Historic Railroad Buildings of Atlanta (2012)
Fall 2013: Street improvements has taken place at the Brookwood Station making access to the front entry easier. Decisions on the future of the Railroad Buildings are still in the hands of the railroad companies

Auburn/Edgewood Avenue Commercial District, Fulton (2006)
Fall 2014: The proposed Atlanta Streetcar will travel on these streets and could have a tremendous impact on the neighborhood.The Historic District Development Corporation (HDDC) was formed to turn the trend around, starting with houses surrounding the birth home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and working outward.

Fall 2013: This district was re-listed on the 2013 Places in Peril list. Heavy construction is underway with the Atlanta Streetcar project, which will traverse the heart of the district on both Auburn and Edgewood Avenues. The district still faces many challenges as prime downtown real estate. Developers seek to buy into this area because of its proximity to the rapid growing and expanding Georgia State University.

Fall 2011: The Historic District Development Corporation (HDDC) hired new Executive Director Jesse Clarke.

Fall 2010: No progress to report.

Fall 2009: The Historic District Development Corporation (HDDC) is working to encourage the redevelopment and sustainable reuse of the corridor.

Fall 2008: No progress to report.

Battery Backus, Chatham County (2009)
Fall 2013: Recently sold to local developers with the intent to be modified to accommodate a single family home. The Tybee Island Historical Society continues to oppose those efforts.

Fall 2011: The property is now protected under a local shore protection ordinance.

Fall 2010: The listing of Battery Backus as a 2009 Places in Peril site has helped facilitate the creation of local historic districts on Tybee Island and a Fort Screven Historic Review Commission. Requests to develop the property (and destroy the Battery) have been denied under the Georgia Coastal Protection act. Currently the site is owned by a bank.

Fall 2009: In September, a Shore Protection Committee voted unanimously to deny a construction permit under the Shore Protection Act.

Berrien County Courthouse (2011)
Fall 2013: No physical changes or restoration have taken place. Court is occassionally held in the Old Courthouse, but the new administration building houses the courts and all county offices. The Chamber of Commerce and Historical Society are housed in the Old Courthouse. The only change that has taken place was the installation of new carpet in the Chamber of Commerce offices.

Fall 2011: Locals have begun restoration work on the interior of the second floor.

Bibb Mill, Muscogee County (2009)
Fall 2014: This integral part of part of Columbus' waterfront industrial National Historic Landmark District was almost subject to demolition until the Georgia Trust intervened to save the historic mill after the owner, a private developer, applied for a demolition permit in 2007. Just weeks after being put on the Places in Peril list in 2008, a fire destroyed a major portion of the mill. In spite of the 2008 fire that destroyed the main complex of the mill, a portion of the site continues to serve as a special events venue, which has been operational for the past few years. The property was recently purchased in early June by a local entrepreneur and developer due who have high hopes to utilize the property as a potential boutique and hotel spaces, and outdoor music venue.

Fall 2013: Although the majority of the mill building burned a few years ago the site continues to improve along with the surrounding neighborhood. The shell of the building and surrounding site have been cleaned up and thoroughly landscaped. The west end of the mill building has been partially rebuilt and landscaped to be used as an outdoor event site and has seen considerable use over the past two years.

Fall 2012: The Georgia Trust was involved in a grant for clean-up and possible restoration of the site. Since then the walls that are still standing have been reinforced and a large green space has been cultivated in the shell of the burned down mill. Now known as River Mill Event Centre, the facility hosts events such as weddings and corporate events.

Fall 2011: Outdoor gardens at the Rivermill event complex feature remnants of the former cotton mill’s walls, which also surround the gardens.

Fall 2010: The architectural firm of Barnes and Company in Columbus completed designs for redevelopment and construction is underway.

Fall 2009: Just weeks after being placed on the Places in Peril list, this historic textile mill was destroyed by fire. The architecture firm of Barnes and Company in Columbus is working on designs for the redevelopment of the site.

Campbell Chapel AME Church, Sumter County (2009)
Fall 2014: The building is still up for sale, geared towards a new historically freindly owner. Currently going for $50 thousand through Century 21. Click here for more info.

Fall 2013: Church building is up for sale - looking for someone interested in historic properties. Congregation is seeking a more modern facility. A website to promote the historic building is in process.

Fall 2011: No progress to report.

Fall 2010: The congregation is continues to raise funds for stabilization work. 

Fall 2009: The congregation continues to raise funds for extensive stabilization work to take place in the chapel building.

Canton Grammar School, Canton (2010)
Fall 2013: No progress to report. Canton's downtown is going through a renaissance which perhaps will spur some progress.

Fall 2011: No progress to report.

Fall 2010: The Georgia Trust brought in a preservation architect to examine each option. In February 2010, the Cherokee County Board of Education met to focus on three options, including demolition, for the building and voted unanimously to table discussions until a further date.  Discussions are ongoing with the Cherokee County Board of Education to plan alternative options for the building.

Capricorn Recording Studios, Macon (2010)
Fall 2014: The Peyton Anderson Foundation and NewTown Macon partnered to purchase and stabilize the building, with the goal of restoring the studio and creating a recording studio, music-themed restaurant, museum, and gift shop. The revitalized building will also create upper story loft apartments and an outdoor amphitheater.

Fall 2013: Building is no longer in peril. The Peyton Anderson Foundation and NewTown Macon partnered to purchase and stabilize the building, with the goal of restoring the studio and creating a recording studio, music-themed restaurant, museum, and gift shop. The revitalized building will also create upper story loft apartments and an outdoor amphitheater.

Fall 2011: The building was purchased by NewTown Macon with a grant from the Peyton-Anderson Foundation. NewTown Macon has teamed with Cox Capital Theatre of Macon in development plans and has moved forward inrehabilitating the building.

Fall 2010: The plan to rehabilitate was stalled when the property changed hands; it is now owned by Atlantic Southern bank and is listed for sale by the Summit Group for $450,000.

The Castle, Fulton County (2008)
Fall 2014: The building acquired a new owner in 2013 who plans a $3 million renovation to convert the dilapitated mansion into an upscale restaurant/inn. The house was bought for almost $1million at an auction by a New York artist and architect. The new owner plans to continue as much historic integrity as possible during renovation. He hopes to convert the property into a luxurious London-style pub.

Fall 2011: The building is in the process of being rehabilitated.

Fall 2010: In July, the bank foreclosed on the Castle after Inman Park Properties failed to pay its $2 million loan.
The building was auctioned on August 17 for $951,000 to New York-based investor Bryan Latham.

Fall 2009: Currently for sale.

Fall 2008: No progress to report.

Cave Spring Log Cabin (2013)
Fall 2014: Certified as a site on the National Trail of Tears Trail in 2013; the National Park Service posted signs in October 2014. The building has a new roof and has been properly mothballed. It's awaiting further funding. The cabin and first edition, joined by a dogtrot, were recently examined by a structural engineer.  His report is forthcoming.  In October, they are hosting students from Kennessaw State for a dig to help celebrate International Archeology Day. The Cave Springs Historical Society is in need of a preservation architect and grants to fund further restoration and preservation of the structure.

Central State Hospital (2010)
Fall 2014:The site is still primarily in the beginning phases of the aforementioned master plan. Property stewardship is still a major concern for the Development Authority. The organization of the DA has come far in the past year however, and they have been able to achieve the passing of additional legislation. An exciting development occured when the first sale of land on the campus was made this past year to a construction company out of Atlanta.

Fall 2013: Central State Hospital's focus to has been organizing the Development Authority authorized by House Bill 815 and creating the necessary legislation needed to start redeveloping the CSH Campus. Their focus in 2014 will be a comprehensive master plan and setting a process to market the property. Of course this is predicated on their ability to gain some control of the Campus. Obviously with the volume of historical buildings that are critical to the core of the campus, a major concentration of their master plan will be the stabilization of those buildings to prevent further degradation of the structures.

Fall 2011: Offices throughout the campus have been moved into the Powell building. Officials have been lobbying to have the historic buildings of the campus rehabilitated for use as a nursing school.

Fall 2010: A workday in April 2010, focused on the collections and interior conditions of the former train depot that is now being used as the hospital's museum. A task force has been formed and met in late July outlining plans to assist Georgia College and State University to reusing some of the vacant structures. The Georgia Trust is also assisting in the development of a historic district nomination for the National Register of Historic Places.

Chattahoochee Park Pavilion, Gainesville (2012)
Fall 2013: The Chattahoochee Park Pavilion has been restored. Hall County Correctional Institute inmates, who have worked on the project since its inception, contributed to the completion. Gainesville City Council voted in July, 2012 to spend $25,000 for building materials to restore the pavilion. In return, the American Legion Post who owns the building agreed to allow the city use the building to promote tourism and to conduct public safety training exercises for a 10-year period.

Chauncey School (2014)
Fall 2014: Celebrating the 100th anniversary in October with a reunion. The city uses the building for office space but it also serves as a space for community events and can be rented for private events. Some of the building's rehabilitation still requires funding. The pressed tin ceiling of the 2nd floor auditorium is in need of repairs and the historic windows throughout need to be restored.

Church of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sharon, Taliaferro County (2014)

City Auditorium, Ware County (2007)
Fall 2014: Recently completed major renovations after the 2008 SPLOST program. The building will now serve a multitude of purposes and host a wide range of events. It is mostly geared towards business and social events, parties, wedding receptions, reunions, conventions and other special gatherings.

Fall 2013: Rehabilitation isin progress. The first half has been completed - electrical, wiring, etc. Replacing sheetrock, floors, lighting, etc. has begun and anticpated completion is early 2014.

Fall 2011: No change in status.

Fall 2010: Local citizens are still working to raise funds for the stabilization and rehabilitation of the auditorium. 

Fall 2009: In August 2009, the City of Waycross and the Waycross Police Department hosted National Night Out, where the public had an opportunity to review rehabilitation plans for the City Auditorium.

Fall 2008: The city has an excess of $1 million to renovate the building and the project is in the beginning stages.

City Mills, Muscogee County (2006)
Fall 2014: Nothing new with this specific property. It is still under the same ownership. The property is currently listed for sale ($1.2m), however a redevelopment plan is underway for the area around City Mills. The City Village neighborhood just south of Bibb Village to the City Mills property was awarded $225,000 for the development of a master plan. Historic Columbus is serving as the administrator of the project and will be selecting the consultant for the project in the near future. It is their hope to have a final draft of the plan by the beginning of 2015.

Fall 2013: The City Mills property is still in the same condition it was when it was first listed on the Places in Peril list. The building remains relatively secure from vagrants and the elements. The property has been listed for sale at $1.45 million.

Fall 2012: According to the Historic Columbus Foundation, the owner of the property does not have any new plans for the mill. The buildings are vacant and in a state of disrepair. There is an interesting plan to demolish the damn on the Chattahoochee River that was used to power the mill and the damn upstream from it in an effort to restore the river back to its natural landscape and create a 2 ½ mile whitewater course. This course, which will end in town, will include class 3 and class 4 rapids, and will be one of the longest urban whitewater courses in the world. The project is already underway and should be completed by mid 2013. This will likely push redevelopment along the river and there may be plans in the future for the property. Some outside influences may incentivize the owner to do the right thing with the property. It is highly likely that once the whitewater project is complete, the riverfront property that the mill stands on will become much more desirable.

Fall 2011: No progress to report.

Fall 2010: Still uninhabited, the building remains susceptible to the dangers of neglect.

Fall 2009: Large uninhabited building is still vacant and susceptible to neglect and fire.

Fall 2008: Situation unchanged, still for sale and in same condition.

Cockspur Lighthouse, Chatham County (2008)
Fall 2013: National Park Service invested $1.2 million to stabilize the landmass, completed earlier this year. Friends of Cockspur Island are developing a fundraising plan to restore the lighthouse.

Fall 2012: Received $1.2 million in federal funding for stabilization. The project will take five years to complete and phase one will begin in October and should be completed in December. The first phase will be the installation of a granite bulkhead surrounding the lighthouse backfilled by oyster shells to protect the timber pilings. The second phase will be repairs to the tower itself due to iron jacking of the metal components. The U.S. Lighthouse Society, an internationally respected organization, has agreed to help raise funds for future projects.

Fall 2011: The lighthouse was stabilized, and a historical marker was erected by the Georgia Historical Society.

Fall 2010: The Army Corp of Engineers will soon begin stabilization work to the structure.

Fall 2009: Plans are being completed for stabilization of the building.

Fall 2008: In June 2008, park staff began emergency repairs to the base of the Lighthouse. The fill material around the lighthouse was removed, exposing the wooden base. A close inspection of the timbers revealed that there was some shipworm damage to the upper sections of the timbers but that the timbers, themselves, were structurally sound. The timbers were then covered with the polyvinyl, then a layer of bagged dry mix cement and topped off by a layer of rock. This action should create an anaerobic environment that will kill off the current shipworm infestation and buy some time. A group of local residents and lighthouse enthusiasts came together to form the “Friends of Cockspur Island Lighthouse.” Its mission is “to raise funds and other resources for the preservation, restoration and perpetual maintenance and repair, as necessary, of the historic Cockspur Island Lighthouse.” The friends group is a Georgia non-profit organization.

Connally Marchman House, Carroll County (2014)
Fall 2014: A few exterior improvements, such as paint.  No structural improvements.  Still under ownership of Happy Valley Baptist Church.

Cowan Farmstead, Cobb County (2006)
Fall 2014: This property is currently offered for sale as commercial/office space. No new renovations have been conducted. The exterior of the house was repainted in the last year.

Fall 2013: IST President Jim Reisinger and Principal Civil and Environmental Engineer Rob Hinchee purchased the house from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation in the spring of 2009. With a great deal of research to maintain the historical authenticity of the house, Mr. Reisinger and Dr. Hinchee designed the office space in the house and contracted Ayers Construction & Home Builders to renovate the house and construct an outbuilding consistent with the style of structures of the mid-nineteenth century. The 150+ year old house continues to serve as the corporate headquarters for Integrated Science & Technology, Inc.

Fall 2012: After exterior renovation and stabilization by the Trust, the house was purchased in 2009 by two preservation-minded men, Rob Hinchee and Jim Reisinger, to be the new corporate headquarters of Integrated Science & Technology (IST), an environmental and engineering firm. Over the next year, IST renovated the interior of the Cowen Farmstead including structural repairs, new electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems, period-appropriate windows and doors, original flooring and wall planking refurbishment and painting, all with as little structural changes as possible – even leaving un-plumb door frames! Thanks to IST, the Cowen House, with its grand re-opening in 2011, is still sitting majestically behind those two magnificent Eastern Red Cedar trees.

Fall 2011: The building was sold and rehabilitated through the Trust's Revolving Fund in 2010.

Fall 2010: In March 2009 Cowen Management, LLC purchased the Cowen House from The Georgia Trust’s Revolving Fund with the purpose of using the property to accommodate its business, Integrated Sciences and Technology, Inc. (IST). In March 2010 rehabilitation work was completed, and IST held its grand opening.

Fall 2009: The Georgia Trust sold the Cowen House to Cowen Management, LLC. As part of the Trust’s Revolving Fund program, the owners agreed to rehabilitate the property and donate an easement to the Trust.

Fall 2008: Currently listed for sale as part of The Georgia Trust’s Revolving Fund program.

Craigie House (DAR Building), Atlanta, Fulton County (2011)
Fall 2013: Rehabilitation plans unknown.

Fall 2012: The Craigie House (the DAR building) was on the market and purchased over the summer; some interior work has been done. It is not known what the new owner plans to do in terms of rehabilitation.

Fall 2011: A 'friends' group has formed to act as a watchdog for the building’s rehabilitation.

Crum & Forster Building, Fulton County (2009)
Fall 2014: Not much has changed in this property. After the demolition of the eastern two-thirds, the Tech Foundation still only plans to preserve the facade but the remainder of the buidling has yet to be demolished.

Fall 2013: As anticipated, the Georgia Tech Foundation demolished the eastern two-thirds of the Crum & Forster Building at 771 Spring Street on September 1, 2013. The long and complex effort to save the entirety of this landmark building was ceded in February 2013. The Georgia Tech Foundation stated its intention to demolish most of the building with a view of preserving the façade. A new building will be constructed adjoining this historic facade.

Fall 2011: No progress to report.

Fall 2010: No progress to report.

Fall 2009: Recently designated as a local landmark structure, a type of historic zoning with strong demolition protection.

Dodge County Jail, Eastman (2010)
Fall 2011: The building, which serves as the sheriff’s office, has undergone necessary repair work.

Fall 2010: A nomination for the building to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places is currently being reviewed. A community event took place in March 2010 to increase public awareness of the site's endangered status and of the need for additional county office space. The County has been working on repairs to the exterior.

Dorchester Academy, Midway (2010)
Fall 2014: Restoration for the acadamy is well under way. The flooring, windows, ceilings, and stairwarys have all been fully restored. The next major project is to tackle the restoration of each individual dorm.

Fall 2013: Restoration efforts are still in progress. Stabilizing foundation completed along with the roofing and joists. All obselete water lines have been replaced, along with 80% of old chairs. Next major project - restoring the flooring.

Fall 2012: Received a $50,000 grant from Lowe's for the stabilization of the roof and joists. These rapairs have been made and cosmetic work is ongoing.

Fall 2011: Rotted timbers have been repaired throughout the building, and the basement has undergone remediation.

Fall 2010: Dorchester Academy’s leaking roof was replaced with a much needed new one; decking and rafters were repaired. The Georgia Trust has been working with the Board to complete applications for several grants to stabilize the building. Recently Dorchester Academy was awarded a grant from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation Preservation Fund for historic schools.

Eleanor Roosevelt School, Meriwether County (2007)
Fall 2014: The school was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010, but little has taken place since. The school is centrally located in a still populated Warm Springs neighborhood. A new partnership between the Georgia Trust and the Atlanta performance group GLO have plans to incorporate this site in one of their upcoming projects. They hope to utilize this space and create a source of inspiration and pride for the community through their dance and the importance of the place itself.

Fall 2011: No progress to report.

Fall 2010: The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, making it eligible for financial incentives.

Fall 2008: Group is trying to collect funds to purchase from owner and have some funds committed and are planning on sending a letter of intent to owner. They hope to have the home purchased in the next couple of months and then start work on restoring the building and turning it into a museum.

Fairview Colored School, Cave Spring, Floyd County (2011)
Fall 2014: Architect Joseph Smith is still working on the project and has put a detailed preservation plan into place to restore the buildings. While stabalization of the roof and foundation are still the biggest priority, the costs associated with the total project are estimated to be near $250K with a desired completion date of 2015. Three-quarters of the kudzu surrounding and harming the structure have been cleared. The next phases focus heavily on the interpretation of the site. The Fairview School hopes to become a new center for learning in the communities of NW Georgia. It would be the first of its kind in the community to service school children in educational programs revolving around the history of the school itself but also in landscape and agricultural educaiton.

Fall 2013: Architect Joseph Smith expressed the urgency of stabilizing the building to prevent further deterioration of the building. He has prepared preservation plans that should begin as soon as possible beginning with repairs to the foundation, followed immediately by repairs to the roof and chimney. The risk of not stabilizing the building include deterioration of more structural features resulting in additional construction costs. Stabilization repairs are estimated at $30,000. Additionally obtaining listing to the National Register of Historic Places is easier to obtain when substantial fabric and materials of the original site still exists. Preservation plans to accomplish these goals in three phases, of which the most important is Phase One which 'preserves' the gravely endangered school building. Each phase expands use of the four-acre site, and adds additional programming and tourist opportunities.

Fall 2011: No progress to report.

Fall 2010: The friends group now holds a tax exempt nonprofit status as the Fort Daniel Foundation, created with the express purpose of raising funds to support the protection of the archaeological site.

Fall 2009: Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society and the Friends of Fort Daniel produced a master plan for a proposed archaeological park at the site of Fort Daniel.

Fort Daniel, Buford County (2009)
Fall 2014: The Fort Daniel Foundation was recently announced the winner of a national Albert B. Corey Leadership in History Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History. Thanks to their large volunteer base the Fort Daniel Foundation has been able to preserve the site and protect it from development. In 2013 the Foundation signed a lease with Gwinnett County to utilize the park as a local history and archeological park.

Fall 2013: Efforts of members of The Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society and The Fort Daniel Foundation have finally paid off. On December 21, 2012, Gwinnett County closed on the 4.5-acre tract within which the entire fort site is situated. The County has, in turn, leased the property, that includes a large dwelling, to the Foundation, which will be responsible for developing both the land and an educational outreach program. Already much work has been done to clear and improve the property, and two recent grants totaling $5000 are being used for educational materials and creation of an archaeological lab and storage facility. On October 19, the 5th Annual Frontier Faire was held at the site, featuring exhibits and Community Archaeology for children and adults. For more on the program and events of the Foundation visit their web site at

Fall 2012: Dr. Jim D'Angelo has created a non-profit foundation to further the investigation and preservation of Fort Daniel. They foster a great community archaeology program and invite the public regularly to the site to help with excavation.

Fall 2011: The archaeological site was named as a Regionally Important Resource (RIR) in the Atlanta 2040 Regional Resource Plan.

Fall 2010: The friends group now holds a tax exempt nonprofit status as the Fort Daniel Foundation, created with the express purpose of raising funds to support the protection of the archaeological site.

Fall 2009: Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society and the Friends of Fort Daniel produced a master plan for a proposed archaeological park at the site of Fort Daniel.

Gilmer County Courthouse, Gilmer County (2007) LOST
Fall 2008: The citizens of Gilmer County voted to demolish the building in 2006. The county demolished it in 2008.

Griffin City Hall, Spaulding County (2014)
Fall 2014: Featured stop on Fall 2014's General's Excursion. No new development.

Greek Revival Houses of Troup County
Fall 2014: Nutwood Hall is in good shape; it has been purchased and is now the Nutwood Events Center in LaGrange, holding meetings, weddings and other events. The home and grounds were the setting for a documentary about the Nancy Harts Militia unit, an all-female unit in LaGrange during the Civil War. Documentary is expected to air on PBS in spring 2015. No updates on the other houses.

Hand Trading Company Building, Mitchell County (2007)
Fall 2014: The buidling is still looking for tenants ranging from government to corporate offices. Although no new events are posted for the upcoming months, this early tall building is still open for community events.

Fall 2013: Building continues to serve a multipurpose function. Space has been leased to various tenants for office and business purposes. It also serves as a top venue for large gatherings and hosts parties, reunions, etc. Continued support is still sought for various projects, including the restoration of the dome.

Fall 2012: The building now houses a restaurant, dentist office, gift shop, and the Regional Education Service Agency (RESA). These tenants take up about 16,000 square feet of space. The building will be restored keeping its historical integrity. After renovations to the building, the building will continue to provide "Class A" space for businesses, residents, visitors and tourists alike to Pelham. Restoration of this building is ongoing. Some of the restorations completed include: entire first floor, roof, new freight elevator, refurbished windows, and the sprinkler system. Restoration is still in great need. Rehabilitation and development agents are in search of potential buyers/and or businesses/tenants to occupy the space. Restoring the dome is also a top priority.

Fall 2011: No change in status.

Fall 2010: The exterior of the building has been stabilized. 

Fall 2009: Repairs have been made to the roof and exterior of the building.

Fall 2008: The city of Pelham and a joint development are accepting bids - roof is starting to be fixed, other bids are going out in the future for pressure washing and fixing windows.

Harrington School, St. Simons Island, Glynn County (2011)
Fall 2013: Fundraising continues for the restoration of the Harrington School. The goal of the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition is to open the school as a museum and historic site that focuses on the island's Gullah Geechee heritage. The building would also serve as a community center and focal point for the 13-acre Harrington Community Park. Already progress has been made with roof replacement and continued planning in getting the historic site up and running. For more information, visit

Fall 2011: The St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition signed a 99-year lease with the St. Simons Land Trust to restore, maintain and operate the schoolhouse as a museum and tourist site.

Hartwell Downtown National Register District, Hart County (2006)
Fall 2014: There are no major concerns that currently pose a threat to this historic district.There have been efforts in rehabilitating and revitalizing the old depot and the three railroad building to the west, but this effort is still in the planning stages which has been ongoing since 2012.

Fall 2013: At this time, there are no concerns or awareness of any activities that would threaten the National Register status of the district.

Fall 2012: There are still some concerns like the Pure service station downtown but recent work on the rail turntable highlights a shift in philosophy by the towns leaders.

Fall 2011: A downtown walking tour was started in May 2011.

Fall 2010: No progress to report.

Fall 2009: The city is creating a citywide sign ordinance in conjunction to an existing sign ordinance for its historic district.

Fall 2008: Currently working on sign ordinance, want to initiate citywide the sign usage that is currently used in the historic district.

Herndon Plaza, Atlanta (2010)
Fall 2013: Remains vacant. It is still listed with a real estate company. The building is located amongst development and construction taking shape on Auburn Avenue with the streetcar project.

Fall 2011: Rehabilitation plans have not moved forward, but the HDDC is still invested in the building’s rehabilitation.

Fall 2010: The HDDC is in the process of hiring an architect and contractor for the project and is applying for federal historic preservation tax credits. These efforts have been stalled by the weak economy.

Historic Buildings of Sparta (2011)
Fall 2013: Restoration efforts are ongoing and the Historical Society and County Commission remain active in various preservation efforts.

John Berrien House, Chatham County (2009)
Fall 2013: Work is underway at this historic home. The building has been stabilized. It was raised to correct issues with the foundation. Stucco has been removed, so the building appears closer to its original form. The building will be lowered to its original height of about seven feet from the ground and there are also plans to reconstruct the portico and rear porch. The ownership of the building has been transferred to Andrew Berrien Jones, a descendant of John Berrien. The homes' original carriage house was also sold to Jones. His plans include using the first floor for commercial, lease the second floor and retain the third floor for personal use.

Fall 2011: The rear of the building has been stabilized.

Fall 2010: Economic pressure has delayed investment in the project, although the owner has continually worked to stabilized the building.

Fall 2009: The owner, Queensborough National Bank, is interested and willing to work toward the property’s preservation, but the economic downturn has delayed its ability to invest in the project.

John Ross House, Rossville, Walker County (2011)
Fall 2011: No progress to report.

Kolb Street House (2014)
Fall 2014: No improvements have been made to the building, creating further deterioration.

Leake Archaeological Site (2010)
Fall 2013: The Leake Mounds Interpretive Trail has been established and includes eighteen interpretive exhibit panels located along a 1.5 mile walking trail.

Fall 2012: Village sites from 300 and 1500 AD remain intact.  There is less development pressure due to the economy but local interest in securing the site remains high.

Fall 2011: No progress to report.

Fall 2010: A “friends group” has been formed to encourage awareness and protection for the historic site.

Lexington Presbyterian Church (2013)
Fall 2014: $7800 Watson Brown Grant awarded for preservation of the Manse. Funds also raised to paint Manse exterior (completed 2014). Congregation completed roofing the church and painted 95% of
exterior of church. Painting and roofing paid by congregation. Concerts have raised $1500 to date.

Historic Liberty Street, Milledgeville (2012)
Fall 2013: The status of Liberty Street has changed very little in the past year. Milledgeville hosted The Georgia Trust's annual Spring Ramble in 2013, and visitors were able to see the sites and mix of private and rental houses on the street. There are ongoing discussions within city government about tightening the ordinances for zoning on the street to protect the historic properties, but nothing substantial has occurred thus far.

Fall 2012: Greek society from Georgia College & State University want it to become fraternity row, but concerns are raised about fraternities and sororities not respecting the historic significance of the houses and historic district. Homes are for sale along the street.

Martin House, Columbus, Muscogee County (2011)
Fall 2013: The Martin House has had the least movement of all the PIP properties in Columbus, although a little progress has been made. New management of the agency that controls the property has been brought into town and they appear to want to improve many of their underperforming properties. The Martin House is one that the Historic Columbus Foundation has identified as one of the agency's most significant properties. The management team is willing to show the property to interested buyers although their valuation of the property seems to be higher than most are willing to pay given the poor condition. Our hope is that they will realize this property does not fit within their typical model for rental properties and ultimately price the property within reach of an interested party. Minimal maintenance and stabilization is being performed.

Fall 2011: A tree fell on the building but no major damage was done. The building remains vacant.

Mary Ray Memorial School, Coweta County (2009)
Fall 2014: The school was listed on the National Register for Historic Places in 2013. Since the completion of restoration in 2011, the building has since been available to rent out for special events.

Fall 2013: Restoration of the school was completed in June 2011. The building now serves as a meeting place and a community center for Raymond Community of Coweta County.

Fall 2012: The historic school building received the Chairman's Award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation for its rehabilitation.

Fall 2011: Rehabilitation was completed, and the building is now being used as a community center.

Fall 2010: The majority of the stabilization work on the building is now complete.

Fall 2009: Stabilization work on the historic school is nearly complete.

Medical Arts Building, Atlanta, Fulton County (2011)
Fall 2013: Status of the building remains as sad as it looks. Still very much in peril with uncertain plans for rehabilitation. Building sits vacant and not properly boarded up.

Fall 2012: After action by the city, the building has been made more secure through the addition of plywood over access points.

Fall 2011: The owners of the property have been summoned to court to address violations of code compliance.

Meriwether County Jail, Greenville (2008)
Fall 2011: No progress to report.

Fall 2009: The building has been purchased and rehabilitation efforts are ongoing.

Fall 2008: They had been planning to apply for a Georgia Heritage Grant but the county decided to work on demolishing the old city gym before they turning their attention to the county jail; currently being used as a parking space by the Methodist church; status largely unchanged.

Metcalf Township, Thomas County (2009)
Fall 2013: Rehabilitation and restoration of the town of Metcalfe continues. Various activities and projects have taken place and are forthcoming in raising money to restore and make improvements to structures and homes throughout the community. The downtown streetscape project and other projects within the historic district are still in planning.

Fall 2012: Restoration for this site has been ongoing since 2008 and a lot has happened since then. After being listed on the Places in Peril list by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, a renewed revitalization sense ushered in much needed attention to the preservation cause in this community and helped to rally supporters. Updates and progress reports includes receiving a 2011 Transportation Enhancement (TE) Grant in the amount of $150,000 for improvements to downtown Metcalfe. Thomasville Landmarks submitted the grant on behalf of the county. Metcalfe's county commissioner, Moses Gross, supported the grant application. Thomasville Landmarks, with support from the Metcalfe Heritage Society, is committed to working with the county to move the project forward. The goal of the project is to improve the aesthetics of the downtown and the pedestrian experience. Other restorations to Historic Downtown include the restoration of the Old Commercial Bank Building which now houses a decorative store. Supporters were also successful in raising the $40,000 needed to hire a consulting firm to do the design work for the downtown streetscape project and continue other projects within the historic district.

Fall 2011: The creation of the Metcalf Community Association Board has been instrumental in working to bring a resource team to evaluate the economic potential of the site.

Fall 2010: The creation of the Metcalfe Community Association board has been instrumental in working to bring a resource team to evaluate the economic potential of the site.

Fall 2009: A community group is currently working with Thomasville Landmarks to bring a resource team to evaluate the economic potential for the rehabilitation of the south Georgia township.

Monticello Commercial Building (2013)
Fall 2014: Lost. The site was recently demolished.

Morris Brown College, Atlanta (2010)
Fall 2013: Historic campus continues to struggle with financial woes. Advocates for the University are adament in the preservation of the campus. There are plans to remodel as well as preserve the entirety of the campus. Signs reading "HANDS OFF MORRIS BROWN" are present throughout the area as part of the continued struggle in the area over gentrification and the new Atlanta Falcons stadium.

Fall 2012: New president Dr. Stanley Pritchett of Morris Brown College is striving to get back accreditation and federal funding lost in 2002 due to financial mismanagement during the tenure of Dolores Cross as school president. Dr. Stanley Pritchett is a strong advocate of historic preservation. He has many plans to remodel as well as preserve the entirety of the campus.

Fall 2011: No progress to report.

Fall 2010: The Georgia Trust has met several times with college officials and coordinated a volunteer workday that focused on Fountain Hall. Volunteers mothballed the building and removed window A/C units, overgrown vegetation and debris.

Mt. Zion Church, Sparta (2012)
Fall 2014: The exterior of the building has been repainted and the interior has been cleaned. A new roof was also placed on the building and damaged windows have been replaced with historic glass. The church is open to the public and serves as a community event space for fundraising efforts to help aid further repairs for the building. While the building is stabilized, the interior is still in need of serious restoration.

Native American Structures, North Georgia (2007)
Fall 2011: No change in status.

Fall 2010: No change in status.

Fall 2009: No change in status.

Old Clinton Historic District, Jones (2008)
Fall 2011: No progress to report.

Fall 2010: No change in status. 

Fall 2009: Funding is still being sought to protect the historic district.

Fall 2008: Clinton tanyard project is still going forward, the roof on red barn is completed. This is due to volunteer efforts of Corps Reenactment Committee and Clinton family descendants and the Old Clinton Historical Society members. A lot of work still has to be done on walls and foundation stabilization. It’s one of the few remaining barns of its era and has always been a hub of activity in Clinton.

Old Hawkinsville High School, Pulaski County (2006)
Fall 2013: Using Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds, the building has been completely restored and features the original oak and pine floors, plaster walls, wood panel doors with glass transoms and brick chimneys as well as one of four original porticos. The auditorium, which seats 380, has original seats with art deco design on end panels and a 500-square foot stage.

Fall 2011: Old Hawkinsville High School was rehabilitated and now serves as the Pulaski County Board of Education. The building received a Preservation Award for Excellence in Rehabiliation from The Georgia Trust in 2011.

Fall 2010: Phased rehabilitations have transformed the oldest wings into office space for the board of education and an auditorium. Rehabilitation is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.

Winter 2010: Phase I of rehabiliation was completed.

Fall 2009: The building is still awaiting an adaptive reuse project as the economic climate has halted some plans.

Fall 2008: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in May 2008. An architect is working on a plan for the building. The project is moving forward for adaptive use.

Old Highway 17, Glynn County (2006)
Fall 2013: In 2011 a group of preservation minded politicians made a ten-year plan to rehabilitate Highway 17. A commission was formed, called the "Gateways Municipal Group," composed of Glynn County, the City of Brunswick, and the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau, to reach the goals outlined in the plan. In the spring of 2013, SCAD students in Professor Ryan Madsen's Urban Design class proposed plans for the gateway system that would intertwine the history and natural beauty of the area as well as rehabilitate the highway. Funding is currently being sought to further this project.

Fall 2011: Development pressure has waned in Glynn County which has put a hold on the demolition of many buildings.

Fall 2010: Though recently, citizens are becoming vocal about the “Gateway,” design guidelines are needed to ensure cohesive development.

Fall 2009: With the update of the Highway 17 corridor Historic Resource Study completed, communities are evaluating planning and funding sources to redevelop areas along the corridor.

Fall 2008: Glynn County is currently updating the Highway 17 corridor Historic Resources Study that was initally done in the early 1990s.

Orange Hall, St. Marys (2012)
Fall 2014: The site is currently serving as a house museum and still currently trying to raise money and awareness for restoration efforts.

Fall 2013: Various community projects and fundraisers have been initiated to raise funds and awareness about the historic house. Volunteers have also participated in painting and mending the fence around the property. House is currently undergoing improvements to the facade.

Paradise Gardens, Summerville (2010)
Fall 2014: The site is currently owned by the Paradise Garden Foundation. Their main focus over the past three years has been stabilization of the property which was completed in 2013. Since the completion of the stabilization phase, the PGF is now focusing their efforts towards building the site as a cultural and educational center for Chattooga County. A new structure was completed in 2013 as an addition to Finster's main workshop, which now serves as an art gallery and welcome center for the gardens. Chattooga County received almost $800,000 in grants for the restoration of Paradise Garden. With community support and increased attendance the PGF hopes to continue in their efforts to restore this cultural and artistic landmark.

Fall 2011: A site management plan is currently being conducted by the architectural firm of Lord, Aeck and Sargent.

Fall 2010: Two workdays have taken place at Paradise Gardens; volunteers cleaned the art site of excess silt and overgrown vegetation.

Pasaquan, Buena Vista (2006)
Fall 2014: Pasaquan was recently adopted by the Kohler Foundation out of Wisconsin. While the site is still owned by the Pasaquan Preservation society, the Kohler foundation has made the full restoration of the site possible. The process, which will consist of structural stabilization of endangered structures and repainting and stabilization of exterior artwork, is expected to take upwards of two years. This is said to be the Kohler Foundations largest project to date. Upon completion of restoration, the site will be gifted to Columbus State University and open to the public as an educational and cultural landmark. The Pasaquan Preservation Society is eternally grateful to the Kohler Foundation for finally making this process of restoration possible.

Ponce de Leon Apartments, Fulton County (2006)
Fall 2011: See below.

Fall 2010: The Ponce Condominium Association has successfully completed a significant exterior stabilization project over the last three years funded through assessments to the resident owners.  In addition, the community has purchased one of the rooftop units to be used in conjunction with rooftop events.  The condominium association has developed a long term maintenance plan which will help preserve and stabilize the building façade and balconies.

Fall 2009: No progress to report.

Randolph County Courthouse, Cuthbert (2012)
Fall 2014: Since the listing of the Randolph County Courthouse on the Georgia Trust's Places in Peril, the owner received a TEA grant from GDOT for the rehabilitation of windows and masonry repairs. The window work and some masonry repairs were completed in 2013 by Fourth Street Design out of Moultrie. The County has continued with the interior rehabilitation of the project utilizing prison labor but have not called upon LAS to review the work.

Fall 2013: The Randolph County Courthouse is still in peril. Local leaders and volunteers are excited about forthcoming projects to restore the building. Leaders in Randolph County believe rehabilitating their courthouse will also provide a boost to businesses in Cuthbert, a boost that will help the economy while preserving the area's rich heritage. It will cost about $500,000 to rehabilitate the old Randolph County courthouse into a welcome center. To donate and support the project, contact Patricia at 229-881-5023.

Fall 2012: Masonry Rehabilitation documents are set up for the window installation as the highest priority for the grant funds in order for the DOC labor to continue working on the interior. The County continues to seek funding for the remainder of the building rehabilitation, especially the HVAC systems which cannot be installed by the DOC labor. This project is a challenge for all parties. The County's search for funding has been difficult in this down turned economy. The DOC labor wants to continue with interior rehabilitation, but without the windows and HVAC systems it is unwise to proceed with finishes installation. From an architectural perspective, it is difficult to accept compromise of the design intent due to lack of available funding or construction labor capabilities. However, from a preservation perspective, the building is being saved and revitalized with the historic character remaining intact for all who visit to see, enjoy, and admire.

Rex Village, Clayton County (2011)
Fall 2011: The Georgia Department of Economic Development completed a study that evaluated the tourism and redevelopment potential for Historic Rex Village. Their findings were presented to the community of Rex on June 9, 2011.

Ritz Theatre, Thomaston (2010)
Fall 2013: Open almost continuously since 1927, the theatre is currently open seven days a week with first run and classic movies. Has state-of-the-aret equipment including Dolby Digital sound.VIP adult only balcony with new, plush seating and bar type tables. Food can be ordered from the Ritz Cafe located inside the Ritz Theatre building. The cafe is open generally for lunch five days a week. Theatre has a decent stage where live performances are held. Original orchestra pit still there but below the extended stage. Funds currently being raised to replace the theatre's marquee. Building still requires much needed rehabilitation work and the theatre continues to raise funds. Not many changes since being listed.

Fall 2011: Working with the Fox Theatre Institute, The Georgia Trust obtained construction bids for restoration work. Now the two organizations will make recommendations for the best approach and assist the owner in finding funding for the project.

Fall 2010: Working with the Fox Theatre Institute, The Georgia Trust sought construction bids for restoration work. Now that the bids are in hand, the two organizations will make recommendations for the best approach and assist the owner in finding funding to begin work.

Rock House, McDuffie County (2009)
Fall 2013: The structure remains in peril with no work having been done on it at all. The historical marker was stolen, presumably for scrap metal. The roof is in a sad state and should have been replaced at least two years ago. Vandalism continues unabated with the interior walls, window sashes, and window glass all damaged or destroyed. The house is rented out every Halloween for a private party and "haunted house." The local ghost-hunting group continues to look for the ghost of Thomas Ansley.

Fall 2012: Sadly conditions have worsened. There have been some attempts to put together plans for a caretaker cottage to be built across the street from it. It is structurally sound and in good condition overall, but some windows are broken.

Fall 2011: A tremendous amount of vandalism has occurred in the past year.

Fall 2010: The building is now unattended and susceptible to vandalism.

Fall 2009: The building has a security guard on site 24 hours a day. Future plans include making the Rock House a destination for field trips and a visitor center with exhibits.

Rutherford Hall at the University of Georgia (2012) LOST
Fall 2012: Despite popular support from students, residents, alumni, and the preservation community the Board of Regents voted by a majority to demolish Rutherford. Rutherford was demolished following the end of the spring semester. A replacement building that will strongly resemble Rutherford will be completed by next year and will have some architectural elements from the former building reused inside.

Sallie Davis House, Baldwin County (2009)
Fall 2014: Georgia College and State University has stabilized the building and it is now serving as both a historic house museum and Cultural Arts center for the University. The building also serves as a rentable venue for community events. In 2009 the front porch was restored with the help of Sallie Davis' granddaughter, and the interior of the building has been repurposed to accommodate educational and public gatherings. The house is no longer in peril and continues to serve as an addition to the historic fabric of GCSU and the surrounding community.

Fall 2013:
The Sallie Davis House is no longer in peril. The house, located at the campus of Georgia College and State University, has been stabilized and rehabilitated. It received the Chairman's Award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation for its rehabilitation.

Fall 2011: The building was rehabilitated and is now being used by Georgia College and State University.

Fall 2010: Georgia College has completed the structural stabilization phase of restoration of the Sallie Ellis Davis House. Garbutt/Christman, LLC and Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture have been instrumental in the efforts along with many donors - including subcontractors, alumni, and foundations. The project is now in phase two of construction.

Fall 2009: Georgia College and State University is currently working to complete in-house stabilization efforts.

Secondary Industrial School, Columbus (2013)
Fall 2014: This property is just completing a rezoning process to allow the site to be utilized as a senior housing development. The project is being done by a group called Beneficial Communities out of Florida and they plan to break ground within the next 60 days. Their plan is to complete a renovation of the existing building along with constructing a design appropriate addition on the backside of the original building. Construction is supposed to be around 12-18 months. This is a huge win for the neighborhood as this property is a central anchor to the Waverly Terrace Historic District. The developer found the property online due to your listing it as a PIP in 2012. They have the PIP program to thank for its discovery and redevelopment.

Fall 2013: The local school board properly secured and stabilized the building along with decomissioning the structure for use. This simply means they formally stated the school district was not capable or interested in using the building for educational purposes any longer and could be put on the market for sale. Very quickly the property went under contract with a developer out of Florida who specializes in multi-tenant housing and has plans to redevelop/rehabilitate the property into a senior housing complex. The project will ideally utilize the state and federal historic tax credits along with low income housing tax credits. The low income tax credit application should be reviewed within the October timeframe and if awarded the project will move forward. The purchase contract is contingent upon the tax credits. The neighborhood as a whole continues to improve due to a group of involved residents forming a neighborhood watch and association. The group has already developed fundraisers and a neighborhood flag to help brand and define the Waverly Terrace Historic District, where the school building is located.

Sowega Building (2014)
Fall 2014: The Adel-Cook County Chamber of Commerce has recently signed a contract to begin Phase I of the needed restorations. Repair, replacement, and re-glazing 37 windows will be undertaken, as well as abatement of water infiltration in the basement and on the roof. Fourth St. Design & Construction of Warwick, GA is managing the project. The upper floors of the building maintain their original charm, including glass partitioned offices, hand painted lettering, and unique pine paneling. The Chamber of Commerce hopes to attract new tenents once the repairs are complete.

Historic Buildings of Sparta, Hancock County (2011)
Fall 2011: The Sayre-Alford home was sold through the Trust's Revolving Fund and is undergoing rehabilitation. The Georgia Trust is currently marketing the Rossiter-Little House for sale, and over 120 people attended a Mini-Ramble that showcased Sparta's potential for restoration and revitalization.

Spencer House, Muscogee County (2008)
Fall 2014: The Spencer House remains under ownership by the Spencer High Golden Owlettes. This is an all female group of alumni that oversee and use the house for meetings, etc. The house was repainted 2 years ago and had some cosmetic work done to the outside to make it ADA accessible. This was made possible due to the work of the Owlettes and a generous donation from Historic Columbus of $10,000. The Spencer High Alumni Assoc. partnered with the Owlettes to help raise money for the renovation work. To date, the house is in good condition and is being properly maintained.

Fall 2013: The house is in relatively good condition and is used from time to time for Spencer High Alumni meetings as well as community meeting space.

Fall 2012: Over the last few years the cosmetic condition of the house had deteriorated until 2011 when the Spencer High Alumni Association partnered with a group of women known as the Golden Owlettes to raise funds for the restoration of the building. Including a large donation of $10,000 from the Historic Columbus Foundation for the painting of the house, they were able to raise enough money to complete the restoration of the entire exterior of the building. The interior of the home has remained in good condition and was not part of the restoration project. The house is now used as a meeting place for the Golden Owlettes and for the Spencer High Alumni Association.

Fall 2011: No progress to report.

Fall 2010: The house museum is operating, and the building is undergoing minor repairs. 

Fall 2009: A maintenance plan is being developed.

Fall 2008: The Owlettes operate a house museum to continue funds to stabilize the structure and do minor repairs. Grants and support have come from the Historic Columbus Foundation, including paint and materials to repaint the house. Met with the Knight Foundation to discuss the possibility of a business plan. Columbus is a Knight Foundation community.

St. EOM’s Pasaquan, Marion County (2006)
Fall 2013: The Pasaquan Preservation Society continues to maintain the internationally renowned art site that consists of six major structures, including a redesigned 1885 farmhouse, painted concrete sculptures, and 4 acres of painted masonry concrete walls. The site is open to visitors on occasion, and some preservation work has been done.

Fall 2011: Volunteers continue to do conservation work.

Fall 2010: The visionary art site has been stabilized but is still subject to vandalism. The site has a strong need for conservation.

Fall 2009: Much preservation work has occurred at the site, with a flurry of visitors making visits to the folk artscape.

Fall 2008: Just celebrated EOM’s 100th birthday with a party on July 4 attended by 200 people that included a snake calling contest (in honor of EOM’s proclaimed skill), cake making contest, costume contest and parade. St. EOM's Pasaquan was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 27, 2008.

Sunbury Historic Colonial Town Site (2008)
Fall 2011: No change in status.

Fall 2010: Development pressure has lessened in the Sunbury area. 

Fall 2009: No progress to report.

Terrell County Courthouse, Terrell (2006)
Fall 2014: No updates have taken place with the courthouse since the completion of restoration. The site still continues to serve as a home for the city officials of Terrell County.

Fall 2013: The historic courthouse continues to house various offices for county jundges and city officials. Restoration was completed in 2009.

Fall 2012: Terrell County's High Victorian Style Courthouse was constructed in 1892 at a cost of $36,832, making it one of Georgia's oldest historic courthouses. It is also the tallest historic courthouse in the state of Georgia. Materials from within the state were used whenever possible for the construction; such as Georgia clay for the bricks, Georgia granite for the arches, and Georgia pines for the structure and floors. The prominent features of the courthouse are the clock tower and wind vane. The restoration process of the historic Terrell County Courthouse was completed in 2009. At the time of restoration, the historic courthouse was no longer being used for county and government business. Since repairs on the façade and interior have been completed, the historic courthouse houses the offices of the county judges, Superior Court and various other judicial offices.

Fall 2011: No change in status.

Fall 2010: Repairs have been completed.

Fall 2009: Repairs on the façade and interior have been completed.

Fall 2008: The clock has been repaired and remanufactured. The clockface is out being restored; the exterior (including windows) is virtually complete; interior courthouse will be complete in another 2 months. Everyone has come in within budget and virtually all work has been done by correctional facility personnel (almost only costs have been materials). New sprinklers and A/C were put in.

Traveler's Rest State Historic Site (2013)
Fall 2014: New cedar shake roof with all copper flashing installed on the main Inn.  Another recent improvement was the replacement of the deck between the Inn and Loom House. Future goals include replacing the cedar shake roofing on all the out buildings on the property, and replacing the ADA ramp and parking area on the back of the Inn.

Trinity CME Church, Richmond County (2008)
Fall 2014: The building is still very much in peril. In July of this year the relocated congregation of Trinity CME gathered around the old church to pray for is survival in the face of demolition. The building is currently being leased by Miracle Making Ministries but the building is still more or less unable to be put to use due to the former toxic coal air contamination from the adjacent Atlanta Gas Light Co. Atlanta Gas Light recently suggested that the building be demolished which caused the public outcry to save the historic building.

Fall 2013: No progress to report.

Fall 2012: No progress to report.

Fall 2011: No progress to report.

Fall 2010: The building is being used and continues to be repaired. 

Fall 2009: No progress to report.

Fall 2008: Continuing to raise funds for complete redevelopment, hoping to break ground before the end of year; received a few grants. The windows are currently being repaired, and then other exterior work will be done including painting. A next project is to repair plumbing.

Tybee Island Raised Cottages, Chatham County (2007)
Fall 2013: Still in a state of peril - lost one to a fire earlier this year. The Tybee Island Historical Society continues to work with property owners to get tax credits to aid in preservation efforts.

Fall 2011: The Tybee Island Historical Society relocated and restored the Fogarty-Hosti Cottage as part of the collection of historic structures at the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum.

Fall 2010: The city of Tybee enacted a historic design review committee to evaluate development throughout Tybee’s historic districts.

Fall 2009: Historic preservation guidelines are being developed.

UGA Marine Institute Greenhouse & Administration Building, McIntosh County (2008)
Fall 2013: Restoration on these buildings is ongoing. Various volunteer groups continue to maintain both the Administration building and the Greenhouse from overgrowth and also clean out the facilities. Volunteers are essential to this process. The Friends of UGAMI continue to monitor progress.

Fall 2012:The Administration building is much safer now that it has been properly mothballed and cleaned out. Prior to that, there were major holes through which small to medium animals roamed and water flowed. The greenhouse has made incredible progress when compared to the days when huge trees were growing from the floor through the broken glass skin of the building. The electrical system has been replaced by volunteer work from electricians, trees and vines have been cut and removed, and undamaged glass has been carefully stored and cleaned for reuse.

Fall 2011: The Greenhouse building has several usable spaces.

Fall 2010: The Greenhouse is well on its way to being restored as the Administration Building still remains vacant but stable. 

Fall 2009: The Greenhouse now has power. No major progress to report on the Administration Building since 2008’s Project Sapelo.

Fall 2008: A task force was formed in April ’08, consisting of representatives from The Georgia Trust, University System of Georgia, the UGA Marine Institute, DNR, HPD, contractors and other interested parties. Project Sapelo was coordinated as a fall workday on the island to stabilize and secure the Administration Building.

Virginia Highland Neighborhood, Fulton County (2007)
Fall 2014: This neighboorhood continues to be one of Atlanta's greatest destinations for dining, entertainment/nightlife, and shopping. The Virginia Highlands Civic Association recently adopted a master plan prevent further development in the area. While that development could be helpful by enhancing the distric by increasing diversity and attracting a new demographic, it could be detrimental to the historic integrity. This plan includes the new flexible parking options in exchange for building height limits 42', They also plan to continue on in the efforts to maintain R-4 zoning along the beltline to cut down on traffic that is expected to be a side effect of new residential developments along the beltline.

Fall 2013: The Virginia Highland Neighboorhood continues to be one of intown Atlanta's most sought after destinations. In previous years, the Virginia Highland Civic Associaton succeeded in getting the city council to pass zoning legislation prescribing development that fits the scale of the streets, rolling back loose zoning ordinances passed in the 1960s. This has assisted in the continuation of preserving the historic character of the district.

Fall 2012: The Virginia-Highland neighborhood is no long in peril, however, there are a couple of buildings that need restoration. Virginia-Highland is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year of when the formal name "Virginia-Highland" was created and the defined geographic zone was set. Currently, the original features that attracted residents are continuing to do so, this includes schools, local shops, restaurants, and major business centers. It has grown to become a hip, vibrant commercial district as well as an enjoyable residential neighborhood. Two sites, the fire station and the Orme Park bridge, need restoration. The fire station has a drive going on to raise money for a renovation as it is the oldest operating fire station in Atlanta. The Orme Park bridge is run down and the Friends of Orme Park are motivated to restore it.

Fall 2011: No progress to report.

Fall 2010: Development pressures have lessened after a fallout in the real estate market.

Fall 2009: Historic review guidelines have been drafted.

Fall 2008: At a recent Neighborhood Planning Unit meeting, there was a 176-15-4 vote in favor of zoing for the neighborhood's three commercial nodes, which would limit new commercial development to three stories, enforce approved materials, and give a "storefront character" while allowing more shared parking.

W&A Railroad Depot, Whitfield County (2014)
Fall 2014: The city of Tunnel Hill committed to fund a feasibility study. Results showed the structure was still stable enough to undergo restoration. However, that is as far as it has gone and the site is still in need of restoration.

W.W. Law House, Savannah (2012)
Fall 2013: Stablization work has been completed, making the building ready for sale. The home is owned by Remer Pendergraph, Law Foundation founder and administrator of the W.W. Law Estate.

Fall 2012: Volunteers from the Historic Savannah Foundation and The Georgia Trust painted the facade.

Wren’s Nest, Fulton County (2007)
Fall 2014: The house continues to operate as a house museum. They are a non-profit organization so their primary focus continues to be maintaining their financial base through community support.

Fall 2013: Wren's Nest continues to operate as a house musuem. Creating financial stability continues to be a goal of Wren's Nest supporters and advocates for the sake of continuing ongoing restoration efforts and providing a place for the storytelling performaces and other opportunities to interact with this historic site.

Fall 2012: Opened in 1913 as Atlanta's first historic house museum, the West End location in Atlanta has proved vital to the surrounding neighborhood. Financial issues placed a heavy burden on maintenance and operations, prompting the 2007 designation as a Georgia Trust Place in Peril. Since 2006, the Wren's Nest completed a $200,000 capital conservation endeavor through grants and donations, carrying out projects such as recreating historic wallpaper and repointing the worst of the foundation. The historic house also increased storytelling performances from three at the beginning of 2006 to over 250 in 2010 and created school programs, including Scribes and the Wren's Nest Publishing Company for middle and high school students. However, the Wren's Nest continues to simply exist and hopes to foster stability have faltered. Creating financial sustainability is imperative, so that projects, such as the current need for a new roof, can be completed in a timely manner.

Fall 2011: With major restoration complete, the house museum has been able to focus more on programming.

Fall 2010: Extensive restoration work has been completed. Capital improvements have been made to the house’s interior and roof. Programming has increased.

Fall 2009: Raised and completed approximately $190,000 worth of restoration work. The exterior has been repainted, carpentry repairs have been made, and deteriorating mortar joints have been repointed.

Fall 2008: Paid off $68,000 of debt; raised over $140,000 for capital improvements to home, started working on interior and roof, and increased programming.

Zion Church, Talbotton, Talbot County (2011)
Fall 2014: In the past few years, the community of Talbotton has become increasingly involved with the upkeep of the church. The church is still open for service and hosts two workdays a year in which members of the church and community assist in maintenance of the interior. Funds for projects continues to be the largest obstacle for total restoration.

Fall 2013: Zion Episcopal Church in Talbotton continues to stand and discover new purposes for its use. The church holds quarterly worship services in the space in February, May, August, and November. In addition to worship, they hold two work days a year in the spring and fall. They do a deep cleaning of the interior and there are small carpentry projects that have been done to the exterior, mainly replacing rotten wood. Zion's biggest challenge continues to be funding. The funds they have had in the last few years has dwindled with the small projects they have done. When that money is gone, they will have to cease working on the building. They have applied for restoration grants and hope to hear good news in the coming weeks. The major obstacle is sealing up the building from rodents. Squirrels and bats continue to take up residence, and to remove them and patch holes gets costly. The roof and exterior of the building needs to be rehabilitated soon. Rehabilitation costs are estimated to be $150,000.

Fall 2011: A diseased tree that threatened to fall on the building has been removed, and an infestation of bats has been mitigated. A Georgia Trust sponsored workday in May cleaned much of the building and addressed areas of deterioration. Locals have been engaged to consider the potential use of the building.



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