The Georgia Trust

2016 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION

551 CHERRY STREET LOFTS
Macon, Bibb County

Centrally located in downtown Macon, the two-story building at 551 Cherry Street housed several diverse businesses throughout the past 125 years. In 2013 the building was purchased by the Historic Macon Foundation to create street-level retail space with residential condos above. The rehabilitation featured the return of a historically appropriate recessed glass storefront on the street level and the restoration of the original arched windows on the second floor. Resulting in three owner-occupied residential units on the second floor and available commercial space on the first, this successful rehabilitation project serves as a model for private developers and promotes Historic Macon Foundation's revitalization efforts in downtown Macon.


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