Sites on the list include: the Sowega Building in Adel (Cook County), the Blackshear Prison Camp (Pierce County), Chauncey School (Dodge County), Griffin City Hall (Spalding County), the Hawkinsville Firehouse (Pulaski County), the Kolb Street House in Madison (Morgan County), Church of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Sharon (Taliaferro County), Greek Revival houses of Troup County, the W&A Railroad Depot in Tunnel Hill (Whitfield County) and the Connally Marchman House in Villa Rica (Carroll County).
“This is the Trust’s ninth annual Places in Peril list,” said Mark C. McDonald, the trust’s president and CEO. “We hope the list will continue to bring preservation action to Georgia’s imperiled historic resources by highlighting 10 representative sites.”
Places in Peril is 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.
Through Places in Peril, the trust will encourage owners and individuals, organizations and communities to employ proven preservation tools, financial resources and partnerships in order to reclaim, restore and revitalize historic properties that are in peril.
Sites that have been placed on previous years’ lists have included: Stilesboro Academy in Bartow County, which received a $25,000 gift in 2013 to restore the exterior; Chattahoochee Park Pavilion in Gainesville, which was restored in 2013; Fort Daniel in Buford, which was purchased by Gwinnett County and leased to the Fort Daniel Foundation who is developing an educational out-reach program; the Spencer House in Columbus, which received a $10,000 grant from the Historic Columbus Foundation and community support to finish restoring the exterior; and the Hill House at Andalusia in Milledgeville, which received a Preservation Award for Excellence in Restoration from the Trust in 2013. Updates on these sites and others can be found at www.georgiatrust.org.
Founded in 1973, the trust is one of the country’s largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations. Committed to preserving and enhancing Georgia’s communities and their diverse historic resources for the education and enjoyment of all, it generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its revolving fund; provides design assistance to 102 Georgia Main Street cities and 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.
The trust will premiere its 2014 list of the 10 Places in Peril in Georgia at a reception Tuesday at 7 p.m. at its Rhodes Hall headquarters, 1516 Peachtree St. in Midtown. The evening’s activities will include remarks by McDonald, and an acoustical performance by Athens musician T. Hardy Morris.
For more information on Places in Peril, including summaries on and photos of each of the 2014 sites, visit www.georgiatrust.org/news/2014pip.php.