The Georgia Trust

2012 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION

BRIGGS-SMITH BUILDING
Valdosta, Lowndes County

The Briggs-Smith building is one of downtown Valdosta's oldest commercial buildings; it was probably built in the 1860s. It has served many functions including as a dry goods store, hardware store, and even a bath house which "Doc" Holliday, whose dentist office was just across the street, is reported to have visited. During the renovation by the owners, which began in 2008, the interior underwent extensive rehabilitation that included uncovering windows, original transoms, doors, skylights, and woodwork. The facade lost much of its original Victorian ornamentation in an early 20th century facelift, but its basic form remains intact. The building now serves as the corporate office for a local company, and is a beautiful addition to historic downtown Valdosta.

 

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