The Georgia Trust


May is National Preservation Month! To celebrate, The Georgia Trust is partnering with several organizations to bring you special events and activities including a special VIP tour of the historic Strand Theatre in Marietta; an exclusive visit to Atlanta's Randolph Lucas House to see its rehabilitation progress; and preservation volunteer workdays at Haistens Hospital Building in Griffin, which was listed on the 2015 list of the Trust's Places in Peril.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Reception and Tour of the Historic Earl Smith Strand Theatre

Marietta Square, 117 North Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060 Directions >>
Free Admission. Cash Bar.
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The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society invite you to a VIP tour of Marietta's historic Strand Theatre. Guests are welcome to mingle with friends in the Strand's Lumiere Lounge before enjoying a guided tour of the rehabilitated 1935 theater.

About the Strand Theatre: A noted landmark on the historic Marietta Square in Cobb County, the Strand Theatre got its start as a major motion picture house in 1935. The Strand provided movie entertainment to thousands of people of all ages until it closed its doors as a movie house in 1976. During the 1980s and 90s, the Strand had various owners and uses, but in 2002, the Friends of The Strand, Inc. formed with the mission of restoring the theater. The restored Earl Smith Strand Theatre had its grand opening in 2009.


Thursday-Saturday, May 14-16, 2015, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Preservation Workdays at the Historic Haistens Hospital Building
522 Meriwether Street, Griffin, GA 30224 Directions >>
Co-sponsored by Home Depot, Griffin Spalding Historical Society, Preserve Griffin, City of Griffin and The Georgia Trust
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Join us for hands-on volunteer workdays at the Haistens Hospital, a 2015 Place in Peril in Griffin. Work includes cleaning out debris from the interior, repairing windows, scraping and painting the exterior, and landscaping the grounds. Over the three-day period, Home Depot will provide over 225 volunteers from 10 regional stores. Additional volunteers are needed to assist with this project, especially on Friday for painting and Saturday for landscaping. Volunteers for Thursday will need to have basic carpentry skills, as they will be repairing windows and scraping the building.

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About the Haistens Hospital Building: Constructed in 1910, this building replaced an earlier hospital that was located in a home that was demolished to allow for the construction of the Griffin City Hall building. The building also served as a nurses' dormitory and personal care facility. Haistens Hospital is a critical property for future development of its neighborhood. The property was listed as a Place in Peril in 2015 and is currently for sale through The Georgia Trust's Revolving Fund Program.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 12 p.m.
The History of The World, a presentation by Gene Kansas
Rhodes Hall, 1516 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 Directions >>
$15 per person (includes a boxed lunch)
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Commercial real estate developer Gene Kansas presents "The History of The World," a presentation about the preservation and rehabilitation of Atlanta's historic Atlanta Daily World building. Join us for a Lunch & Learn at Rhodes Hall to hear about Kansas' experiences rehabilitating this historic building on Auburn Avenue that withstood a 2008 tornado and was threatened by demolition and inappropriate development.

About the building: 145 Auburn Avenue was built in 1912 and has enjoyed a rich cultural history in Atlanta's historic African-American business district. Over the years, the building served the community in many ways, but perhaps its most significant use was as home to The Atlanta Daily World newspaper. The newspaper, which was founded in 1928, played an integral role in the lives of Atlanta's African-American population throughout the 20th century as it reported on news and issues about the city of Atlanta with a focus on events and stories about the local African American community. Through syndication with other black newspapers throughout the country, the ADW also published stories of national importance to all African American communities. Today, there is an online database of articles from these black newspapers during the 20th century called the ProQuest Historical Newspapers, which includes articles from the ADW. The database is available at the Auburn Avenue Research Library and the Central Library of the Atlanta Fulton Public Library System. In 2008 a tornado considerably damaged the Atlanta Daily World Building. Investors Gene Kansas and Ben Dupuy later purchased the historic building and began rehabilitation work in 2014. The project preserved the building's front façade and historically significant features while allowing for two first-floor commercial units and two second-floor apartments. The overall project, which was made possible through an Invest Atlanta Downtown Façade Improvement Grant and State and Federal Historic Rehabilitation tax credits, is one of the first of many small-scale revitalization efforts on historic Auburn Avenue.

Friday, May 22, 2015, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hardhat Tour of the Fulton Supply Lofts
Castleberry Hill neighborhood, 342 Nelson Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30313 Directions >>
Space is limited. $10 per person.
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Fulton Supply is the last historic building in Castleberry Hill to be adaptively reused. Altogether, three buildings will be combined for a 74 loft apartment building with parking below. The facade will be restored adhering to the Atlanta Urban Design Commission and National Park Service recommendations. A large atrium, in the center of the largest building, will create a beautiful gathering space. The building is one of the buildings in the EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation pilot program, a green certification program for historic buildings developed by The Georgia Trust and Southface.

Thursday, May 28, 2015, Reception at 6 p.m., Program at 7 p.m.
The 40th Anniversary of the Saving of the Fox Theatre

Rhodes Hall, 1516 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 Directions >>
Free admission
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Join us for a reception and retrospective look back at the Save the Fox campaign. As an added bonus, the Georgia Historic Preservation Division will present the results and winner of its Historic Theaters of Georgia photography contest.

Friday, May 29, 2015, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch and Tour of the Randolph Lucas House
Ansley Park neighborhood, 78 Peachtree Circle, Atlanta, GA 30309 Directions >>
Space is limited. $20 per person (includes a boxed lunch)
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See what progress has been made to Atlanta's historic Randolph Lucas House one year after its dismantlement and move to Ansley Park. Enjoy a guided tour by its owners and craftsmen as they discuss the rehabilitation process. Lunch will follow.







































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