The Georgia Trust

2012 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION

WAYNESBORO ICE PLANT
Waynesboro, Burke County

The City of Waynesboro Ice Plant was in operation from 1905 until the early 1970s, producing both ice and electricity for Waynesboro's citizens. The building fell into serious disrepair but avoided a demolition threat in 2000. In 2005 Mayor Jesse Stone decided to rehabilitate it. The rehabilitation maintains the ice plant's original industrial character, including preservation of the equipment such as a compressor for the ice manufacture and a generator used to power the plant's operations and later to fuel the city's first electric streetlights. This beautifully preserved building is now in use as a welcome center, museum, and meeting facility.

 

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