The Georgia Trust

2010 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION

OGLETHORPE SCHOOL
Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Fulton County

The History
The 10,000 square-foot Georgian Revival building constructed in 1905 on the Atlanta University campus served as a private elementary school for African-American children, who were taught by Atlanta University students.

The Project
The building was relatively unchanged since its construction, making the Oglethorpe School rehabilitation easier. Funded by a federal Title 3 grant for Institutions of Higher Education, the rehabilitation included restoring and cleaning exterior brick and stone, the restoration of all six-over-one wooden windows, painting of the interior, and the installation of new mechanical systems.

Owner of the building is Clark Atlanta University. Architect of the project was Lord, Aeck & Sargent. Contractor was Hogan Construction. Structural engineer was Palmer Engineering. MEP Engineer was Spencer Bristol Engineering. Mortar analysis was done by Wiss Janney Elstner Associates.

Current Use
Part of the Clark Atlanta University campus, the Oglethorpe school provides space for classrooms and faculty offices while preserving the rich history of African-American education in Georgia.


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