Tag Archives: North Georgia Restorations

Hartwell City School, 1934

Built in the Georgian Revival style popular with public schoolhouses in the 1930s, the Hartwell Elementary School, as it’s now known, is still in use. It originally served grades 1-11. Atlanta architects Sidney S. Daniell and Russell Lee Beutell were responsible for the design. A WPA gymnasium (not pictured) was constructed in 1939.

National Register of Historic Places

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Old Macon Library, 1889

The Macon Public Library & Historical Society, which was chartered in 1876, commissioned D. B. Woodruff to design the city’s first library, completed in 1889 in the Romanesque Revival style. The library (located here until the 1920s) was on the second floor while commercial businesses occupied the first floor. It housed numerous other tenants over the years. [David B. Woodruff was a Connecticut native who came to Georgia in 1853 and served with the Macon Volunteers (Infantry) in the Civil War. He designed several important buildings in Macon and Augusta].

In the 1960s, the building was home to the College Discotheque, a popular hangout and music venue. On 2 May 1969, the Allman Brothers Band played their first gig in Macon here. They had recently moved to town to be near Phil Walden and Capricorn Records.

After falling into disrepair and facing demolition in the late 20th century, the old library was completely restored by Tony Widner around 2007. It’s now known as the Library Ballroom and serves as an event venue.

Macon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Hardeman Building, Circa 1850, Macon

Originally known as the Concert Hall, for the performance space located on the second floor, this is another of Macon’s antebellum commercial landmarks and one of the most visually interesting structures downtown. It was built by a group of businessmen, including Payne, Nisber, Mix, Kirkland, and Virgin. Payne operated an apothecary shop here until 1889, while Mix & Kirkland operated a bootery around the same time. Multiple other businesses have been housed here throughout its long history. The Victorian features, including the bay windows and corner entryway, were added in the early 1900s. It has been home to Lawrence Mayer Florist since 1994.

Macon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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2nd Street Storefronts, Macon

The 300th block of 2nd Street is quite colorful. The blue building on the right has Vitrolite panels on the lower floor. This was most commonly found on jewelry stores and theatres in the mid-20th century, though I don’t know what this building housed.

In this same block is the restaurant, Tzango at Laniers, which has great windows honoring the poet (and flautist) Sidney Lanier, who practiced law in this structure with his father, Robert S. Lanier, and his uncle, Clifford Anderson, from 1868-1872.

Macon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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Capitol Theatre, 1917, Macon

Now known as the Cox Capitol Theatre, for its chief corporate sponsor, Macon’s historic Capitol Theatre is a symbol of revitalization in the downtown area. Built in 1897 for the Commercial Savings & Loan Company, it soon became home to the Strong Shoe Company, which would remain there until 1915. The Capitol Theatre opened around 1917 and was the first public space in Macon to have air conditioning. Following its closure as a first-run theatre in 1975, the structure fell into disrepair. After renovation, it reopened in 2006 and is now a venue for concerts and independent and historic films.

Macon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Central of Georgia Railway Depot, 1890, Chickamauga

After having fallen into disrepair for many years, including the loss of its tower, this depot was recently restored and is now home to the Walker County Regional Heritage and Train Museum.

Chickamauga Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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English Vernacular Revival House, LaFayette

This Tudoresque house is now home to a financial services office.

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