Goodale House, 4 other buildings added to Augusta's endangered properties list

There’s still hope for survival for the one of the oldest houses in Richmond County. The Goodale House, a circa-1799 house on Sand Bar Ferry Road that partially collapsed in August, was added to Historic Augusta Inc.’s Endangered Properties List, along with three other houses and a Broad Street Federal-style building.


The purpose of the list, announced Tuesday for the sixth year, is to identify historically significant properties whose preservation is threatened by neglect.

Numerous properties from past years’ lists have been saved, including the Red Star building at 531 James Brown Boulevard, which was recently renovated into apartment and commercial space.

Many other buildings such as the Immaculate Conception Academy Campus remain endangered, although a local engineering firm has presented a proposal to the Augusta Housing Authority to utilize the old school and church buildings instead of razing them for a new housing complex.

The Goodale House, like other properties on the list, has significant damage but is still structurally sound and can be saved with the necessary funding, said Erick Montgomery, executive director of Historic Augusta.

“It is one of the iconic structures in Richmond County that represents and has witnessed our history since the very early days,” said Erick Montgomery. “Unfortunately, although there have been some improvements, it remained in a perilous state.”

A lesser-known Tudor-style house at 3596 Windsor Spring Road called Coleridge is for sale. The house will deteriorate if it sits unoccupied, Montgomery said.

“You may have been down Windsor Spring all your life and never knew this was there. It’s back in the woods. It’s a beautiful house,” he said.

Two homes in the Bethlehem and Laney-Walker areas neighborhoods were also added to the endangered list where Historic Augusta said development pressure in the historic areas could threaten their preservation.

The Dr. S.S. Johnson House and the Pearson House represent the diverse history of Augusta, Montgomery said.

Broad Street’s Reid Range Building was the last property on the updated list but that doesn’t mean the list is exhaustive.

“There’s no end to what you could do but we pick something that’s representative,” Montgomery said.

Endangered properties

A look at Historic Augusta, Inc.’s 2012 Endangered Properties List:

THE GOODALE HOUSE: Built in 1799 by plantation owner Thomas Goodale, the huse on Sand Bar Ferry Road is currently owned by an investor in Birmingham, Ala. It’s in desperate need of restoration after recent structural damage.

COLERIDGE: Also known as Windsor Manor, Coleridge was built by Chicago resident Arthur T. Cole, a wealthy stove manufacturer. The eight-room house at 3596 Windsor Spring Road is for sale by the most recent tenants, who left the area in 2010.

DR. S.S. JOHNSON HOUSE: Dr. Scipio S. Johnson was a prominent member of Augusta’s black community. The doctor and pharmacist built the house for his office and business in the Bethlehem neighborhood.

THE PEARSON HOUSE: Situated at 1247 Laney-Walker Blvd., the white cottage was the cosmetology business of Luvenia Pearson. Eta Theta Zeta at Paine College purchased the house in 2010 but needs help with maintenance costs.

REID RANGE BUILDING: Next door to Luigi’s Italian restaurant, the building at 586 Broad St. has curved walls and floor-to-ceiling windows. The three-story property could be used for commercial and residential space.



Fri, 01/19/2018 - 21:23

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