The Georgia Trust

2011 PRESERVATION AWARDS: MARGUERITE WILLIAMS AWARD & EXCELLENCE IN RESTORATION

HARDMAN FARM
Sautee, White County

The Hardman Farm received the Marguerite Williams Award, presented annually to the project that has had the greatest impact on preservation in the state from The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation at its 34th annual Preservation Awards ceremony April 1 in Macon, Ga. The Italianate style house also received an award in the Excellence in Restoration category.

The History
Constructed in the early 1870s by James Nichols of Milledgeville, Georgia, Hardman Farm is a fine example of the Italianate style. It was purchased in 1893 by Atlanta plumbing magnate Calvin Hunnicutt and in 1903 became the house of Georgia Governor Lamartine Hardman. Hardman Farm remained in the Hardman family until it was donated to Georgia Department of Natural Resources in 1998. The house sat virtually unaltered for over 100 years leaving many of the original features and finishes.

The Project
The restoration team carried out a gentle renewal of the house with the goal of achieving LEED gold certification.  The historic passive heating and cooling systems were used to the greatest extent possible, reducing the need for the installation of modern HVAC systems. The historic windows were restored and many salvaged materials were reused. For new materials, all efforts were made to utilize locally produced products. Hardman Farm melds preservation and sustainability allowing for a unique historic resource to become an interpretive tool for both cultural and environmental conservation. With the completion of the restoration, the farm will be open to the public as a Georgia State Historic Site.

The owner is the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The architect was Lord, Aeck & Sargent. The construction manager was Garbutt Construction Company.

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