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Grant will fund second phase of Summerville survey

Grant goes to new Summerville research

Sunday, April 28, 2013 6:43 PM
Last updated Monday, April 29, 2013 1:08 AM
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For four months, Robyn Ander­son pounded the pavement with a camera in hand, snapping exterior photos of houses, commercial buildings and hotels in the Summerville Historic District.

Anderson, Historic Augusta Inc.’s preservation services director, completed the first of three phases of a comprehensive survey of the neighborhood last fall.

The city of Augusta received a second $12,000 grant from Georgia’s Historic Preservation Division, an office of the Department of Natural Re­sources, at the beginning of April to fund phase two.

The project will go to bids for a consultant and could begin early this fall, said Paul DeCamp, the city’s deputy director of planning and construction.

“Summerville was designated a historic district in 1980,” DeCamp said. “At the time, there wasn’t a comprehensive survey of all the properties.”

The survey’s first phase focused on 424 buildings in an area bounded by Kings Way, Heard Avenue, Johns Road and portions of Gardner Street and Cumming and Milledge roads.

In addition to the photos, the survey included historical research on building dates and architectural styles, Anderson said.

The survey found that 234 of the properties retained historic integrity. There were 177 nonhistoric buildings less than 50 years old.

Anderson said the survey results were very positive for a historic neighborhood, partially because of the high rate of owner-occupied homes.

“The characteristics of the neighborhood are intact. Everything contributing to a historic district is still there,” Anderson said.

DeCamp said the database is useful for investors applying for state tax credits for historic renovations. The applications require information that is easily found in the survey results.

The city’s historic preservation committee can use the data during reviews, and students can find it helpful for school projects, he said.

A historic survey was done on the Olde Town district about a decade ago and in the Harrisburg neighborhood about four years ago, Anderson said.

HISTORY OF SUMMERVILLE

LATE 18TH CENTURY: George Walton, signer of Declaration of Independence, commissions surveyor to plot 32 lots

1861: Village of Summerville incorporated

1880S: Area attracts wealthy Augustans and Northerners for summertime residences

1912: Summerville annexed by the city of Augusta, transitions to more year-round residents

1926: Augusta College established

1976: Summerville Neighborhood Association founded

1980: Listed on National Register of Historic Places

SURVEY RESULTS

View the results of the historic building survey at www.gnahrgis.org/gnahrgis


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