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Phinizy-Hunnicutt House, 1855, Athens

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Built by John E. Phinizy with iron railings from the Athens Foundry, this house was sold in 1894 to John A. Hunnicutt, a founder of the Athens Electric Railroad Company.

Cobbham Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Lucy Cobb Institute, 1858, Athens

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Laura Cobb Rutherford was perhaps the first advocate for the education of women in Athens and through her efforts and the financial backing of her brother, T. R. R. Cobb, the Lucy Cobb Institute (named for Cobb’s daughter who had died at the age of 13 from scarlet fever) was constructed in 1858 and held its first classes in 1859. W. W. Thomas was the architect.

National Register of Historic Places

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Seney-Stovall Chapel, 1885, Athens

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W. W. Thomas began construction of this Athens icon in 1882, after Miss Nellie Stovall wrote a letter to New York philanthropist George I. Seney asking for a chapel for the adjacent Lucy Cobb Institute. It was dedicated in 1885 and is considered the only authentic Elizabethan theatre in the Southeast. It served as a lecture hall, theatre and auditorium for the Institute.

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National Register of Historic Places

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The Varsity, 1963, Athens

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Founded in Atlanta by the Gordy family in 1928, the first Athens Varsity opened in 1932, across from the arch. It remained open until at least the late 1970s. This location opened in 1963. Recent rumors suggest the property is to be replaced by a Publix grocery store and the Varsity moved to Oconee County. I cannot confirm this at this time.

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Harris-Webster-Whitworth House, 1849, Athens

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A portion of this house is said to date to the 1700s, though the present form dates to its 1849 purchase by Young L. G. Harris (founder and namesake of Young Harris College). The house was originally built in the Gothic Revival style but additions in 1900 gave it a more Victorian appearance.

Milledge Avenue Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Dr. James E. Hamilton House, 1858, Athens

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This has been home to the Alpha Delta Pi sorority since 1939. It was built by Dr. James E. Hamilton before the Civil War but the ornamental ironwork, ordered from England and delayed by Union rail blockades, was  not installed until after the war ended.

Milledge Avenue Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Delta Gamma House, Athens

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Though out of place among the antebellum and Victorian mansions of Milledge Avenue, this is nonetheless an interesting structure. I’m not sure of the style but would call it Postmodern Dutch, for lack of a better term.

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