The Georgia Trust

2011 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION

Plaza Arts Center
Eatonton, Putnam County

The History
Designed by Charles Edward Choate in 1916, this Mission style building was originally the Eatonton High School and housed a large 800 seat auditorium. It was reported to be a unique design and was the first one-story school of its type in Georgia. The building served as the Eatonton Grammar School from 1951 to 1971 and later was converted for Head Start classes and Early Childhood Development Program.

The Project
In 2000 the Eatonton-Putnam Arts Foundation undertook a massive rehabilitation project to convert the school into a community center offering classroom space, an art studio, a theater, and an interactive history museum. Every attempt was made to restore and stabilize the exterior facades and the historic wood flooring.

 

 

 

 


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