The McKey Building

Valdosta - Lowndes County

Constructed in 1906, the McKey Building is a four-story Renaissance Revival structure that served office tenants for over a century. It was rehabilitated using historic tax credits, creating a coffee shop on the ground floor and event space, office spaces and a boutique hotel on the upper floors. The project preserved character-defining features, including brick cladding, round-arched window openings and marble accents on the exterior, as well as retaining original partitions, plaster finishes, doors and clerestory windows on the interior. This rehabilitation is significant because it transformed a dormant building into a multi-use space in the heart of Valdosta’s downtown. The McKey Building now stands as an iconic, vibrant centerpiece, contributing to tourism, economic growth and downtown revitalization.

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.