Historic Augusta honors owners' preservation projects on eight buildings

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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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stillamazed
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stillamazed 11/16/11 - 02:23 pm
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I t is always great to here

I t is always great to here about our past being preserved. Nothing is sadder than going through towns and seeing a lot of wonderful old homes and buildings that are in disrepair or falling down which is actually something has has happened in my hometown.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/16/11 - 02:27 pm
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Is your hometown Sparta,

Is your hometown Sparta, Georgia?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/16/11 - 02:39 pm
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Historic preservation is

Historic preservation is something you won't regret.

The Sparta, GA courthouse has been used in a few movies. It's a trip to watch proceedings there. Think Colonial times.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 11/16/11 - 04:43 pm
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Riverman, no my hometown was

Riverman, no my hometown was actually Wadley, I remember a time when the old train station was still there and all the businesses down town were open. All the homes were well maintained, I used to love it when all of the azaleas and the magnolia trees were in bloom, walking through town would remind me of a postcard. Now the whole little town looks like a slum area. I cannot understand the council in small towns like that making store owners and home owners keep their properties up. It breaks my heart to see it now and then remember how it was. I guess all things change right?

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floridasun 11/16/11 - 06:30 pm
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Congratulations to all the

Congratulations to all the historic property owners on a job well done.
Your efforts make Augusta a more visually interesting place

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Willow Bailey 11/16/11 - 08:02 pm
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Congratulations and thank you

Congratulations and thank you for your protection of these historical properties.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 11/17/11 - 02:10 am
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Congrats Rick Keuroglian and

Congrats Rick Keuroglian and family on your homes recognition. Guess the hidden camera's we installed didn't take away from the historic value.:o)

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augusta citizen 11/17/11 - 07:14 am
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Great job! Thanks for the

Great job! Thanks for the pictures.

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