The Georgia Trust

2012 PRESERVATION AWARDS: CHAIRMAN'S AWARD & EXCELLENCE IN RESTORATION

MARY RAY MEMORIAL SCHOOL
Raymond, Coweta County

The Mary Ray Memorial School held its first class in September 1908. The building was a cornerstone in the then-new town of Raymond in Coweta County, but by the 1980s the school had fallen into disrepair. It was placed on The Georgia Trust's Places in Peril list in 2009. A group of former students and community members set about bringing the property back to life. Their vision to restore the building to its original condition, combined with limited funding, ensured a restoration ethic wherein almost no historic material was discarded. With the help of a small grant from The Georgia Trust, this project was achieved using mostly local funds and volunteer labor. It is an inspiring example of a community-driven public restoration effort.

 

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