The Georgia Trust

2015 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION

TELFAIR CENTER FOR THE ARTS
McRae, Telfair County

The rehabilitation of the Old South Georgia College Administration Building in McRae, Georgia, was truly a grassroots effort. The two-story Romanesque Victorian building had been vacant and deteriorating for a number of years when in 2010, the Pioneer Historical Society formulated a plan for the building's reuse as the Telfair Center for the Arts. The project was supported by the community and local government who voted to help fund it with a portion of the City of McRae's hotel/motel tax. Private grants, donations and proceeds from events also contributed, while local businesses provided discounted materials and volunteers donated labor. Today the center features a comfortable 410-seat auditorium with supporting anterooms.


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