In the heart of historic Inman Park, 788 Lake Avenue sat vacant and deteriorating for nearly 40 years. The Victorian cottage, constructed in 1907, retained many of its original features, including windows, heart pine flooring, fireplaces, tile, trim, and hardware. However, collapsed foundation piers had created a 16-inch sag in the foundation, water was infiltrating the entire structure, and the roof was in danger of collapse. Utilizing state and federal historic tax credits, a year-long rehabilitation was completed that preserved the historic features and floorplan, while adding an approved addition at the rear of the structure. The house, a contributing property in the local historic district, has set an example for what a commitment to preservation can accomplish.
Excellence in Rehabilitation Awards recognize projects that make compatible use of a building through repair, alterations or additions while preserving features of the property that convey its historic value.