The Georgia Trust

2012 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION

EMPORIUM BUILDING
Augusta, Richmond County

This 1885 commercial building on Broad Street in downtown Augusta housed many retail enterprises before the McLeods bought the building and undertook its rehabilitation. The Emporium Building now houses nine upscale apartments on the 2nd and 3rd floors with rooftop decks and balconies that were sensitively added so as not to be visible from the fa├žade. A parking conundrum was solved with interior parking for residents at the rear ground floor level and the 1st floor remains open for commercial space. The rehabilitation of this building has helped to improve the attractiveness of Augusta's Broad Street and bring residents back to the center of the city.

 

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