Historic parsonage on Walker Street free to an owner who will move it

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Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Augusta, which owns the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection's former parsonage at 544 Walker St., is seeking to give the house to whoever is willing to move it. The association plans to use the lot for additional parking.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Augusta, which owns the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection's former parsonage at 544 Walker St., is seeking to give the house to whoever is willing to move it. The association plans to use the lot for additional parking.

The Chinese Consolidated Benev­olent Association of Augus­ta will give the house to anyone who will move it to another location.

The two-story house was built in 1875 as the parsonage for the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, which occupied the building next door. It has an addition in the back, and the second-story sleeping porch has been enclosed.

After the church moved to Greene Street, the association bought the building in 1928 to use as its headquarters.

About three years ago, the association bought the former parsonage and has been working to get a permit to have it demolished.

“Our intention when we bought the house was to have the space for additional parking,” said Ray Russo, the president of the association.

Because of its history and integrity, Historic Augusta Inc. has intervened to save the building.

The house is in poor condition, but it has original features and a history that might appeal to someone willing to restore it, said Robyn Anderson, the preservation services director for Historic Augusta. For example, mill­work on the front porch is unique to Augusta, and the man­tels and moldings are still intact.

“It’s just a really great example of early Augusta architecture,” she said.

If someone were willing to take the building, it could qualify for a Georgia state rehabilitation tax credit of up to 45 percent if it will be used to produce income or a 25 percent credit if it’s to be owner-occupied.

For more information, call Anderson at (706) 724-0436.

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Equaltreatmentforall
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Equaltreatmentforall 11/26/12 - 09:36 am
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Instead of a cat, why not a

Instead of a cat, why not a picture of the house?!

JRC2024
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JRC2024 11/26/12 - 10:03 am
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I was at a meeting to get a

I was at a meeting to get a permit to do some work in the historic area at the time the Chinese Benevolent Association was trying to get a permit to demolish the house but was denied. As I remember there was one lady on the panel that was not in favor of giving the permit. The building is falling apart, windows falling out, no bath, no electricity and I think that the representative from the association said there was a lady and her children squatting in the building. All they wanted to do was get rid of the eyesore and make a nice parking lot for their church association. It would take hundreds of thousands of dollars to rebuild the house and then who would want to live in that area of town with all the no so good people in that area?

countyman
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countyman 11/26/12 - 12:51 pm
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A few of the side

A few of the side streets(Ellis, Walker, etc) can use new construction, but it's apart of he Central Business District still.. Seems thousands of people wan to live in the area. Some of the richest and most prominent Augustans live in the area.

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