Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is the United States' largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organization with more than 8,000 members. Founded in 1973, the Trust is committed to preserving and enhancing Georgia's communities and their diverse historic resources for the education and enjoyment of all.

The Georgia Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund; encourages neighborhood revitalization and provides design assistance to 105 Georgia Main Street cities; trains Georgia's teachers to engage students in 61 Georgia school systems to discover state and national history through their local historic resources; and advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts. The Georgia Trust is a recipient of the Trustees Award for Organizational Excellence from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Georgia Trust operates two historic house museums:

Georgia Trust Programs

In addition to providing preservation resources for individuals and communities throughout the state, The Georgia Trust helps save endangered houses and buildings, uncover the beauty of downtown buildings, educate the next preservation generation, and advocate for preservation funding and laws through the following programs:

Revolving Fund for Endangered Properties

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation established the Revolving Fund for endangered properties in 1990 to provide effective alternatives to demolition or neglect of architecturally and historically significant properties by promoting rehabilitation and enabling owners of endangered historic properties to connect with buyers who will rehabilitate their properties.

The Revolving Fund accomplishes this goal by either accepting property donations or by purchasing options on endangered historic properties. The properties are then marketed nationally to locate buyers who agree to preserve and maintain the structures. Protective covenants are attached to the deeds to ensure that the historic integrity of each property is retained, and purchasers are required to sign rehabilitation agreements based on the work to be performed on the structure.

Main Street Design Assistance Program

Since the Main Street program's start in 1980, The Georgia Trust has offered design assistance, on-site rehabilitation consultations, hands-on presentations and hand-drawn and digital renderings to help business owners and downtown managers rehabilitate and reuse their historic resources.

Services provided by The Georgia Trust's Main Street Design Assistance Program have become integral to downtown revitalization efforts. Supported by the Department of Community Affairs' (DCA) Office of Downtown Development, the program has assisted more than 3,000 business owners in 105 Main Street cities across Georgia to encourage the rehabilitation of historic downtown commercial buildings.

Talking Walls

A recipient of a Governor's Award in the Humanities, the Talking Walls heritage education program has trained more than 1,700 teachers, who have reached more than 370,000 students in 61 school systems in Georgia since 1991. The program's teacher workshops and ongoing local support trains educators to use local historic resources such as photos, maps, oral histories and historic buildings as teaching tools in Georgia's mandated curriculum.

The Georgia Department of Education recently emphasized the Trust's key role as an important educational resource by approving the Trust as a partner in its Educational Initiatives Program. This status recognizes The Georgia Trust as an official collaborator with the DOE to provide quality instructional materials to educators across the state. Talking Walls also received statewide certification by the Georgia DOE, allowing the Trust to award professional recertification credits to teachers attending program workshops.

Georgians for Preservation Action

Founded in 1987, the statewide coordinating council for historic preservation advocacy encourages laws, programs and policies that promote the preservation of Georgia's historic resources by mobilizing grassroots preservationists across the state.

Among its activities, GaPA:

  • Annually develops and advocates a legislative agenda that represents a consensus of the leaders of key preservation constituencies on preservation issues.
  • Regularly communicates with historic preservation advocates about critical issues and legislation before the General Assembly.
  • Hosts a Legislative Reception for preservation supporters to meet with legislators.
  • Provides GaPA members with information on national preservation issues with news from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Action, the national lobbying arm for historic preservation.

Places in Peril

The Georgia Trust releases an annual list of endangered historic sites throughout Georgia. The Places in Peril program seeks to identify significant historic, archaeological and cultural properties that are threatened by demolition, deterioration or insensitive public policy or development, and have a demonstrable level of community interest, commitment and support. Through this program, the Trust encourages owners and individuals, organizations and communities to employ preservation tools, partnerships and resources necessary to preserve and utilize selected historic properties in peril.

Historic properties are selected for listing based on several criteria. Sites must be listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or the Georgia Register of Historic Places and must be subject to a serious threat to their existence or historical, architectural and/or archeological integrity. There must also be a demonstrable level of community commitment and support for the preservation of listed sites.

The 2006 Places in Peril list includes
The 2007 "Places in Peril" list includes
  • Tybee Island Raised Cottages
  • Cherokee Structures, North Georgia
  • City Auditorium, Waycross
  • Gilmer County Courthouse, Elijay
  • Eleanor Roosevelt School, Warm Springs
  • Hand Trading Company Building, Pelham
  • Herndon Home, Atlanta
  • Aluminum Hill Mill Workers' Houses, Eatonton
  • Virginia-Highland Neighborhood, Atlanta
  • Wren's Nest, Atlanta
The 2008 "Places in Peril" list includes
The 2009 "Places in Peril" list includes
  • Battery Backus, Tybee Island
  • John Berrien House, Savannah
  • Bibb Mill, Columbus
  • Campbell Chapel AME Church, Americus
  • Crum & Forster Building, Atlanta
  • Fort Daniel, Buford
  • Mary Ray Memorial School, Newnan-Coweta County
  • Metcalfe Township, Thomas County
  • Rock House, Thomson
  • Sallie Davis House, Milledgeville
The 2010 "Places in Peril" list includes
  • Central State Hospital, Milledgeville
  • Paradise Gardens, Summerville
  • Morris Brown College, Atlanta
  • Canton Grammar School, Canton
  • Leake Archaeological Site, Cartersville
  • Dorchester Academy, Midway
  • Old Dodge County Jail, Eastman
  • Ritz Theatre, Thomaston
  • Herndon Plaza, Atlanta
  • Capricorn Recording Studio, Macon
The 2015 "Places in Peril" list includes
The 2017 Places in Peril list includes
  • Atlanta Central Library (1980), Atlanta, Fulton County, designed by Marcel Breuer.
  • Calvary Episcopal Church (1921) and Lee Street Bridge, Americus, Sumter County
  • Chivers House (1920), Dublin, Laurens County
  • Marble YMCA Building, Columbus, Muscogee County
  • Gaines Hall (1869), Furber Cottage (1899), Towns House (1910) and the Hamilton House (1950), Atlanta, Fulton County
  • John Rountree Log House (1832), Twin City in Emanuel County
  • Lyon Farmhouse (c.1820-1830), Lithonia, DeKalb County
  • Mimosa Hall (1840), Roswell, Fulton County
  • Walker House (Augusta, Georgia) (1895), in Richmond County, Georgia, associated with minister Charles T. Walker within the historic African-American Laney-Walker Neighborhood
  • Old Zebulon Elementary School, Zebulon, in Pike County[1]


The Rambler

The Rambler is The Georgia Trust's quarterly publication. It is distributed to members of The Georgia Trust from around the state and to other state and national preservation organizations.

J. Neel Reid, Architect

Architect J. Neel Reid (and his partners in Hentz, Reid & Adler) founded the Georgia school of classicists after study at Columbia University and abroad. Many sources influenced Reid's architecture, and his interior and garden designs. His travel diary, sketchbooks and scrapbooks, and extensive library reflect this. His early-twentieth-century interest in historic preservation and contextual design, in architectural education and professional standards of practice inspired others long after his tragic early death of a brain tumor in 1926.

Reid's father's family were Troup County, Georgia, pioneers; he grew up in Macon, beginning apprenticeship and practice there before, in 1909, moving to Atlanta.

J. Neel Reid, Architect by William R. Mitchell, Jr. and published by The Georgia Trust, gives new life to Reid's rich legacy, keeping his influence fresh in this new century. The J. Neel Reid Prize, provided by a Georgia Trust fund produced from the sale of the book, helps ensure continuation of Reid's influence among a new generation of architects.

Proceeds from book sales help support the J. Neel Reid Prize, a yearly award to an architecture student, an architect intern or a recently registered architect for study travel that honors the legacy of Neel Reid.

Democracy Restored: A History of the Georgia State Capitol

Written by Timothy J. Crimmins and Anne H. Farrisee with photographs by Diane Kirkland, the award-winning Democracy Restored is a stunning and fully illustrated history of the Georgia Capital that not only pays tribute to a grand ole edifice, but also vividly recounts the history that was made—and that continues to be made—within and without its walls. The Georgia Capitol is a place where, for more than a century, legislators have debated, governors have proclaimed, and courts have ruled. It is also a place where countless ordinary citizens have gathered in lively tour groups, angry protest mobs, and at times, solemn funeral processions.

Proceeds go to The Georgia Trust and the Capitol Restoration Fund.

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