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Short-Stevens House

Short-Stevens House
211 Crawford Street
Buena Vista, GA 31803

Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 2.5

Price: $155,000 (originally $195,000)
Approximate square footage: 3,200*
Land: 2.6 acres

*Square footage is approximate


Kate Ryan
Director of Preservation


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First floor hall

First floor bedroom

Dining room

Second floor bedroom

Second floor hall


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Short-Stevens House

This early 20th-century Neoclassical house is located just .5 miles from Buena Vista's historic courthouse square. The house was originally built for W.B. Short, a prominent Marion County lawyer, and his wife Mollie. Mollie Short was from a well known Buena Vista family and was the cousin of Oscar B. Colquitt of Buena Vista who was elected governor of Texas in 1910. The house underwent an early remodel by noted Columbus architect T.W. Smith and was updated again under the Stevens' ownership in 1953.

The house has five bedrooms, two on the first floor and three on the second, and two and half baths, with one full and one half bath on the first floor and a full bath on the second. The house has retained several of its early-mid century features, including mantels, fixtures, cabinets and hardware. After sitting vacant for several years, the house is in need of new electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems, as well as remodeled kitchen and baths and interior cosmetic work. The Short-Stevens House may be eligible for several financial incentives, including an 8 1/2 year tax abatement and tax credits for substantial rehabilitation.

About Buena Vista
The town that is now known as Buena Vista was originally established in 1830 as Pea Ridge, Georgia. In 1850, it was decided that the county seat of Marion County would move from Tazewell to Pea Ridge. Residents felt that Pea Ridge was not a noble enough name for their county seat, and thus renamed the town Buena Vista in honor of Zachary Taylor's victory during the Mexican American War. Primarily an agriculture based economy, Buena Vista's economy benefitted greatly from the Buena Vista and Ellaville Railroad extension in 1884, but suffered several economic crisis which impeded its growth into the 20th-century, including bank panics, boll weevil infestations, and The Great Depression. Today, Buena Vista consists of 3.2 square miles and has a population of approximately 2,200.

About The Georgia Trust Revolving Fund program
The Georgia Trust is a nonprofit statewide preservation organization. The Endangered Properties program was established to provide effective alternatives to demolition or neglect of architecturally and historically significant properties by promoting their rehabilitation and monitoring their preservation in perpetuity. All properties sold through our Endangered Properties program have conservation easements in place to ensure the historic integrity of the property is retained. Additionally, buyers are required to sign a Rehabilitation Agreement and all work done to the property must abide by the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. Copies of these documents will be provided by The Georgia Trust for review.

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