The Georgia Trust


Registrants will learn about the history of Atlanta's architecture, the legal foundations of historic preservation, and the economic incentives available to rehab projects.
Pictured: Inman Park, Atlanta

Lecture topics include: a history of Georgia and metro Atlanta, Georgia architectural styles, prominent historic architects of Atlanta, historic preservation law, and economic incentives for historic preservation.

Continuing education credits are available to real estate and architectural professionals.

The Georgia Trust & Buckhead Heritage Society
Historic Preservation Leadership Course

January 18-February 8, 2017
Wednesday nights (1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8), 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Rhodes Hall
1516 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
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January 18, 2017
Session 1: Brief History of Georgia and Atlanta

6:30 – 7:30 History of Georgia

1. Founding of Georgia, the 13th colony
2. Growth, expansion, settlement, how it got its final borders
3. Capitals and counties
4. Georgia Firsts and other Trivia
5. Minorities Throughout Georgia History
6. Important dates in Georgia History
7. Georgia's Symbols
8. Historic Sites
9. Sources

7:30 – 7:45 – Break

7:45 – 8:30 – History of Atlanta

1. Why Atlanta? Why this location? The Name.
2. Growth and Expansion, How big is Atlanta actually?
3. The Civil War and Its Impact on Atlanta
4. Important Dates in Atlanta's history
5. Colleges and Universities
6. Neighborhoods and Growth
7. Becoming an International City: Cotton States to the Olympics
8. Sources

Presenter: Ken Thomas, Retired Historian with the State Historic Preservation Office, Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Session 1 Learning Objectives:
a. The audience will learn the historic development of the state of Georgia and metropolitan Atlanta.
b. The audience will understand how historic events shaped the urban planning of metropolitan Atlanta.
c. The audience will gain an appreciation for the underlying history of Atlanta's neighborhoods and its architecture.
d. The audience will learn about historical efforts to promote the city of Atlanta on a national and international scale.

January 25, 2017
Session 2: Survey of Georgia Architectural Styles and A Century of Atlanta Architects

6:30 – 7:15
Survey of Georgia Architectural Styles
An overview of historic architecture found in the state of Georgia, from late 18th-Century Georgian and Federal through mid-20th Century Modern

• Georgian
• Federal
• Greek Revival
• Italianate
• Gothic Revival
• Second Empire
• Queen Anne
• Shingle
• Richardson Romanesque
• Colonial Revival
• Neoclassical
• Tudor Revival
• Italian Renaissance
• Beaux Arts
• Craftsman
• Modern
• Ranch

7:15 – 7:30 – Break

7:30 – 8:30

A Century of Atlanta Architects

- Landmark Homes and Neighborhoods
- Notable architects of Atlanta 1850 – 1950; including (but not limited to): Rudolph Adler, Lewis Crook, James Means, Neel Reid, Philip Shutze and Leila Ross Wilburn

Presenters: Mark C. McDonald, President and CEO of The Georgia Trust, and Carmie McDonald, Executive Director of Buckhead Heritage Society

Session 2 Learning Objectives:
a. The audience will achieve a clearer understanding of the architectural styles that are prevalent in Georgia and Atlanta.
b. The audience will be able to discern the general time period and significance of a residential house based upon its architectural style.
c. The audience will learn about significant architects in Atlanta history and the significance of their designs to the development of the city.
d. The audience will achieve a greater understanding of what makes a historic building and/or neighborhood significant.
e. The audience will recognize the importance of advocating for historic properties within their professional work.

February 1, 2017
Session 3: Introduction to Historic Preservation, Historic Preservation Law and Historic Preservation Incentives

6:30 – 7:15

Introduction to Historic Preservation and Historic Preservation Law
a. National Register of Historic Places
b. Local Historic Districts
c. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
d. Section 4(f) National Transportation Act
e. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

7:15 – 7:30 – Break

7:30 – 8:30

Historic Preservation Incentives
f. Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit
g. Georgia Rehabilitation Tax Credit
h. Georgia Property Tax Freeze
i. Conservation Easements
j. EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation

Presenter: Mark McDonald, President & CEO of The Georgia Trust, and Neale Nickels, Georgia Trust Director of Preservation

Session 3 Learning Objectives:
a. The audience will achieve a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of historic preservation law and regulation at the local, state, and federal level.
b. The audience will understand the difference between local designation/protection and inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
c. The audience will understand the impact of preservation ordinances/legislation on private property rights.
d. The audience will understand financial incentives available to property owners who undertake rehabilitation or restoration of historic homes.
e. The audience will understand the differences between Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits and Georgia Rehabilitation Tax Credits.
f. The audience will fully understand the legal limitations and benefits of conservation easements.
g. The audience will learn about the link between historic preservation and sustainability, including certification that is attainable through the EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation program.


February 8, 2017
Closing Reception & Completion Certifications

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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*For more information or if you are earning continuing education credits, contact Ben Sutton at



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