Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's 2013 'Places in Peril'

2:48 PM, Oct 24, 2012   |    comments
Stilesboro Academy in Taylorsville, Bartow County (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
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ATLANTA -- The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation on Wednesday released its "Ten Places in Peril" list, which includes Atlanta's Candler Park Golf Course and Sweet Auburn Commercial District.

On the list this year:

  • Candler Park Golf Course, Atlanta, DeKalb County
  • Sweet Auburn Commercial District, Atlanta, Fulton County
  • Dobbins Mining Landscape, Bartow County
  • Stilesboro Academy, Taylorsville, Bartow County
  • Cave Spring Log Cabin, Floyd County
  • Tift Warehouse, Albany, Dougherty County
  • Monticello Commercial Building, Jasper County
  • Lexington Presbyterian Church, Oglethorpe County
  • Hancock County Courthouse, Sparta, Hancock County
  • Traveler's Rest State Historic Site, Toccoa, Stephens County

The list was designed to raise awareness about Georgia's significant historic, archaeological and cultural resources, including buildings, structures, districts, archaeological sites and cultural landscapes that are threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy.

Once a site has been put on the "Places in Peril" list, the Trust encourages owners, individuals, organizations and communities to work on tools to "reclaim, restore and revitalize" historic places in Georgia.

"We hope the list will continue to bring preservation action to Georgia's imperiled historic resources by highlighting 10 representative sites," said Mark C. McDonald, president and CEO of the trust.

The trust's track record is mixed. One place that had been put on a previous list was Rutherford Hall at The University of Georgia in Athens. It was demolished in June 2012 despite popular support from students, residents, alumni and the preservation community.

On a positive note, the Chattahoochee Park Pavilion in Gainesville received $25,000 in building materials after the Gainesville City Council voted in July to restore it. The John Berrien House in Savannah recently was purchased by a descendant who plans to rehabilitate the house and use it for both commercial and residential space.

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, founded in 1973, is one of the country's largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations. It generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund; provides design assistance to 102 Georgia Main Street cities; encourages neighborhood revitalization; trains teachers in 63 Georgia school systems to engage students to discover state and national history through their local historic resources; and advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts.

(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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