Historic Augusta honors owners' preservation projects on eight buildings

They are saviors of the past who have chosen to invest in Augusta’s future.

Their projects, named as recipients of Historic Augusta’s 2011 Preservation Awards, include a Craftsman cottage nearly destroyed by fire, a downtown commercial building transformed into apartments and a restored school building built in 1917 by architect G. Lloyd Preacher.

“Historic Augusta has been presenting preservation awards since 1973, and this is one of the most anticipated events of the year,” said Robyn Anderson, the group’s preservation services director. “The committee begins accepting nominations in May and meets several times to discuss information about the owners, the work that had been undertaken and the history of the building.”

During the group’s annual meeting Tuesday at Augusta Country Club, eight renovated historic buildings and their owners were recognized.

“Each award winner receives a framed medallion with an engraved tag stating the year of the award and the address of the property,” she said. An iron plaque that can be affixed to the building is also awarded for owners who donate a preservation easement to protect the property in perpetuity.

Among this year’s honorees were Mark Lorah’s circa1910 home at 1830 Woodrow St., which had nearly been destroyed by fire; and Seclusaval, a Windsor Spring Road Sandhills cottage house owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ken Kitchen that was built in 1800 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“This year, we also awarded two properties that were certified historic rehabilitations for tax credits,” Anderson said.

Those sites are a home at 931 Broad St., built around 1880 and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Davenport Bruker, who completed a certified historic rehabilitation that has transformed the third floor of the commercial building into a residential apartment; and the circa 1884 Emporium Building, 1106 Broad St., owned by Natalie McLeod, whose certified rehabilitation created nine apartments on the second and third floors.

Tubman School, a Walton Way landmark built by Preacher, is another honoree listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After its renovation, the Richmond County Board of Education building reopened this fall as the Tubman Edu­cation Center.

Other honorees are:

• 247 Greene St., built in 1917 and home to Mr. and Mrs. Rick Keuroglian, is a Prairie style single-family home in Olde Town Local Historic District.

• 819 Milledge Road, built in 1826 and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Allgood, is known as the Cumming-Langdon-Weiss house and is in Summerville Historic District.

• 1137 Glenn Ave., owned by Mr. and Mrs. James Garren, is in the Summerville Historic District.

The awards program is designed to recognize projects in which the property was saved from an uncertain fate, preserved through accepted restoration standards, or repaired or restored with attention to re-creating or preserving its original appearance, using appropriate materials.

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