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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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It was confirmed on 13 May 2021 that the Varisty will be demolished for a new development on the property.

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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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Delta Phi Epsilon House, 1890, Athens

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For many years this was the home of Phi Kappa Psi but is now being occupied by Delta Phi Epsilon.

Milledge Avenue Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Charles Phinizy House, 1900, Athens

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Built by Charles Phinizy for his wife, this house was later known as the DeFoor House. It’s been home to the Gamma Phi Beta sorority since 1983.

Milledge Avenue Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Hamilton-Williams House, 1904, Athens

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Milledge Avenue Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Hamilton-Phinizy-Segrest House, 1858, Athens

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Colonel Thomas Hamilton, who is said to have been Georgia’s first millionaire, died while this house was under construction. His widow, Sarah, oversaw its completion. It has been the home of the Phi Mu sorority since 1964.

Milledge Avenue Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Lipscomb House, 1908, Athens

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This was built by the first chancellor of the University of Georgia, Andrew A. Lipscomb, for his mother, Mrs. Mary A. Lipscomb. She lived here during her tenure as principal of the Lucy Cobb Institute. It is now home to the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.

Milledge Avenu Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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A. P. Dearing House, 1856, Athens

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Milledge Avenue had only been opened for settlement a year before A. P. Dearing built this home, considered one of the finest examples of the Greek Revival in Georgia. The bricks were made near Athens. It has been home to the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority since 1938.

Milledge Avenue Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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