Perkins-Cullum House

Augusta - Richmond County

In 1902, Henry C. Perkins constructed this home in Augusta for his family. In 1928, his daughter, Gertrude Perkins Cullum inherited the home and established a school in the backyard for those who were hard of hearing, and it became the first school for lip reading in Georgia. After falling into decline, the building was included on Historic Augusta’s Endangered Properties List in 2015. A recent rehabilitation converted the home to eight apartments. The original floor plan was retained and historic features like heart of pine floors, wooden doors and the mosaic porch were meticulously restored, while necessary replacements were executed with precision. This rehabilitation saved the Perkins-Cullum House from demolition by neglect and transformed it into a usable space once again.

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.