The Georgia Trust

2011 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION

Rock Building
Chatsworth, Murray County

The History
Known as the Rock Building, the Murray County High School was constructed during the Great Depression and stood as a symbol of education in the county for over 75 years. Between 1934 and 1936, workers built the four original campus buildings, including the 1934 Spanish Colonial Revival style “Old Rock Building,” which housed the original classrooms. Field stone discarded from the construction of nearby Chatsworth‐Ellijay Highway was used to build the signature rock walls of the Rock Building, as well as the other three original buildings.

The Project
After a fire gutted the Rock Building in 2009, rehabilitation began with the stabilization of the remaining walls, followed by the removal of charred debris from the interior. As a public facility, new structural components and systems were required to meet both current building and fire codes and ADA requirements. However, character‐defining features that were destroyed by the fire, including the iconic gable‐on‐hip roof and wide central intersecting hallways were recreated to closely mimic those of the original school. New windows will resemble the original 1930s six‐over‐six double hung sash.

 

 


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