The Georgia Trust

RICHARD CROWDER HARRIS HOUSE SOLD TO ROCKMART COUPLE

Richard Crowder Harris House before (above)
and after (below).

When a Georgia Trust "For Sale" sign was put in the yard of the Richard Crowder Harris House in Rockmart, the phones at The Georgia Trust started ringing off the hook. Neighbors and interested parties wanted to know more about the Revolving Fund and how it would affect other preserved homes in the area.

The beautiful turn-of-the-century Victorian vernacular was donated to the Trust in December 1999 by the late owner’s out-of-state relative, who contacted the Revolving Fund to find out how she could ensure that her family’s home would be preserved.

"Her number one concern was to preserve the house and for her peace of mind to know it would be taken care of," said White. "It is really a win-win situation. The house will be preserved, she benefits from the tax deduction as a donation, and the proceeds of the sale go back into the Revolving Fund, which helps us expand our program. The larger the fund, the more we are able to accomplish."

On March 16, 2000, the house was sold to Hoyt and Patricia Lewis, longtime residents of Rockmart who plan to rehabilitate the house back to its original condition.

Do you know of an endangered historic property in your town? The Georgia Trust may be able to help. Contact Kate Ryan at 404-885-7817.

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