The Georgia Trust

2014 PRESERVATION AWARDS: PRESERVATION SERVICE

Percell & Veronica Kelley
Forsyth, Monroe County

Percell and Veronica Kelley moved to Forsyth in 2011 after purchasing the Pace House from The Georgia Trust's Revolving Fund program. This house was one of three slated for demolition by Wal-Mart which changed its plan and donated the properties instead, thanks to the dedicated efforts of local residents. The Kelleys completed work on the Pace House and then purchased the neighboring Kyte House in 2012. After completing the Kyte House, they rehabilitated and moved into the Miller House. The Kelleys have quickly become an asset to the community and, after rehabilitating a fourth house in the neighborhood, were recognized by the City of Forsyth with the Mayor's Historic Preservation Award. The couple continues to take on new projects, and their work has led to an increase in public awareness, appreciation and support of preservation throughout the city and has shown all of us that preservation is possible on a variety of budgets.

 


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