The Georgia Trust

2013 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION

Telephone Exchange Lofts
Macon, Bibb County

The building now known as the Telephone Exchange Lofts is an Italianate masonry masterpiece. Constructed in 1904 in downtown Macon, this building originally housed the offices of the Southern Telephone and Telegraph Company. By 1942 the telephone company outgrew this space and the building saw only partial use for several decades until it was eventually completely vacated in 1980.

After remaining vacant for 25 years, the building was purchased by Kay and Al Gerhardt who found that though the exterior was in remarkably good condition, the building's failing roof had left its interior in need of great repair. They undertook a rehabilitation project which converted the building into a mixed-use development of residential lofts and office space. Thanks to the vision of Kay and Al Gerhardt, this architectural gem has been preserved and is once again actively contributing to downtown Macon.

 

 

 

 


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