The rehabilitation of Fort Valley High School consisted of converting the underused school building into affordable apartments. The 1927 main block was left neglected and suffered significant storm damage to the roof, leaving the building in poor condition. Significant water intrusion led to plaster delaminating from walls and buckling wood floors. The non-historic roof was removed and the original flat roofline and parapet wall were restored. Original plaster walls were repaired and hardwood floors were restored or replaced in kind where needed. Apartments were placed where the gymnasium bleachers had been, leaving the striped basketball court intact as a community gathering place. By providing affordable housing units, this project helped meet Fort Valley’s need for workforce housing while saving a community landmark.
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.