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Volume 44, No. 1

Winter 2018

The mission of Historic Augusta, Inc., is to preserve historically or architecturally significant structures and sites in Augusta & Richmond County, Georgia. 1 | Winter 2018

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AUGUSTA T H E B O O K Augusta

been artistically photographed by James R. Lockhart, who served as photographer for the Georgia Historic Preservation Division for over 30 years. In addition, archival images illustrate the narrative through photos, drawings and maps, some rarely seen before. Every architectural style from the 1790s until recent years is represented in this book that documents both the people and the places that make Augusta a microcosm of American social, political, and architectural history. The project has been chaired by Historic Augusta Honorary Trustee Jacquelyn Murray Blanchard, and co-chaired by noted Augusta architect Albert F. Cheatham. Produced by Van Jones Martin of Golden Coast Publishers in Savannah, other committee members include Clayton P. Boardman

Authors James W. Garvey and Lee Ann Caldwell F Photography by James R. Lockhart

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n idea has come to fruition that was suggested in 2014, when long-time Historic Augusta Trustees

and friends met to plan how to observe and celebrate the organization’s fiftieth anniversary. It was suggested that a book be produced that documents the history of Augusta, illustrated with photos of its architectural treasures. The result is something that exceeds expectations. The narrative is written by Dr. James W. Garvey and Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell, who have woven the fascinating history of our community into a lyrical story that is both factual and entertaining. Illustrations of many of Augusta’s finest private homes, as well as our cherished public spaces have

III, Finance; David E. Hudson, Legal; William S. Morris III, Publication; and Erick D. Montgomery, Staff Liaison and overall coordination. We are fortunate that the project has been completely underwritten by generous donors, and all proceeds from sales will go toward the support of Historic Augusta and its mission of preserving historic sites and structures in Augusta and Richmond County. EM

ORDER YOURS TODAY FOR THE MARCH RELEASE! 244 pages. Richly illustrated with current photos, archival images, maps and illustrations. Full color. 11” x 11.” Indexed. Pre-orders for the March release of Augusta are available on our website at www.historicaugusta.org/augusta. Specially designed gift cards make gifting Augusta easy and are available for pickup at our office, located at 415 Seventh Street, Augusta, GA 30901.

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HISTORIC MILLER THEATER ELECTRIFIES BROAD STREET AFTER YEARS OF DARKNESS

MILLER THEATER RESTORED FACADE AND ELECTRONIC MARQUEE

T

THE STAGE OF THE MILLER THEATER AS SEEN FROM THE BALCONY

he time is finally here; the historic

Orchestra Augusta (SOA) as a performing

Miller Theater is open for business.

venue and home. This project is the result of

The new home of Symphony Orchestra

a $23 million capital campaign, of which

Augusta’s festivities kicked off with a

$9M came from community generosity,

black tie opening night gala held Saturday,

$5.14M from Special Purpose Local Option

January 6th and the curtain was raised

Sales Tax funding, and $4.71M and $3.76M

Sunday,

from State and Federal Historic Tax

January

7th

to

unveil

the

meticulously restored theater in the heart of Augusta’s Downtown Historic District to thousands of curious Augustans, many with fond memories of the theater in its prime.

Credits, respectively. Many original character defining features were retained and restored over the course of the rehabilitation including the original ticket box, foyer doors, dramatic arcade

In 1938, Frank J. Miller commissioned

hallway, flesh colored mirrors, drinking

Chicago architect Roy Benjamin to design

fountain, and stunning mural flanking the

MILLER THEATER ARCADE

Associates Acoustics. Historic Augusta is responsible for preparing the Part 1 Federal Historic Tax Credit application for certification and offering broad project

a theater large enough to accommodate the

stage.

growing audiences in Augusta. The result

The adjacent King Building at 710 Broad

participation

Street, also underwent rehabilitation to

Marketing Committee, and advocacy for

serve as home to the Knox Music Institute

the project through our publications and

(KMI) and will serve as a focal point for

social media accounts.

was an Art Moderne style building that featured Italian marble terrazzo floors, black walnut millwork, and a performance stage framed by fluted columns and tandem hand-painted panels. Named after its founder, the Miller Theater seated over 1,600 patrons and was the second largest

support

music education in Augusta, training young people for careers as performing artists and foster the love of music in people

through in

technical the

assistance,

Miller

Theater

Historic Augusta congratulations Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Knox Music Institute, the

professionals

who

executed

the

theatre in Georgia, behind Atlanta's Fox

of all ages, backgrounds, and means.

Theatre. The Miller opened in February

Project

Miller

facility and materials restoration, and all

1940 to a sold-out audience and remained

Theater include 2KM Architects based

of the volunteers and enthusiasts that have

one of Augusta's top theaters until closing

here in Augusta and Lord, Aeck, &

been eager to see the Miller Theater restored

in 1983. In 2005, the dormant theater was

Sargent Architects based in Atlanta. The

and returned to its original historic use in

Christman Company served as contractor

Augusta’s entertainment district. RA

bought by Peter Knox IV and in 2008 he donated

the

building

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to

Symphony

architects

for

the

seamless design and upgrades for the

and acoustician was Larry Kirkegaard &

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SAVE THE DATE!

NEW EXHIBIT OPENING AND PRESIDENT’S DAY CELEBRATION

THE BOYHOOD HOME OF PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON

P

lease mark your calendar to celebrate Presidents’ Day with Historic Augusta on Monday, February 19, 2018 at

the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson. This is the perfect time to bring family and friends to see the oldest presidential home in Georgia! Special buy-one, get-one free tours of the house museum will also include admission to the grand opening of Woodrow Wilson: The Exhibit. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn more about President Wilson and the impact his childhood in Augusta had on his later life and presidency. Children’s activities and light refreshments will be offered in honor of the exhibit opening. SH

PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON

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WOODROW W I LSON THE EXHIBIT

T

he idea of creating a permanent exhibit on the life and

Phinizy families that occupied the Lamar House, next door to

accomplishments of Woodrow Wilson to enrich the

the Wilson House, where the exhibit will be displayed.

visitor experience at the historic site has been a long-time in the making. The Boyhood Home opened for tours in September

The exhibit was created by the Wilson House Committee,

2001 after Historic Augusta’s 10-year process of acquiring and

chaired by Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell, and shepherded through

restoring it. Originally the visitors’ center was in the laundry

funding and planning by Historic Augusta’s staff, including

room next to the kitchen in the back yard of the Wilson

Erick Montgomery, Executive Director, and former Programs

House. In November 2004 rehabilitation of the Joseph R.

and Marketing Director, Julia Jackson. Funding for the

Lamar Boyhood Home, next door at 415 Seventh Street, was

exhibit itself comes primarily from Augusta’s SPLOST

completed and Historic Augusta moved its headquarters

VI referendum, adopted by voters in 2009, with matching

there from its former offices on Tenth Street. In early 2005,

funds from the Honorable J. Carlisle Overstreet and the

the ground floor of the Lamar House was converted into the

Augusta Judicial Circuit. Funding for exhibit planning

visitors’ center, allowing room for check-in, public restrooms,

was also provided by the Georgia Humanities Council and

a small gift shop, and a place to watch an introductory video.

the Greater Augusta Arts Council. Kathryn V. Dixson of Avient Museum Services in Atlanta was the exhibit designer,

Tours through the actual Boyhood Home have focused on

and Capitol Museum Services in Manassas, Virginia is the

his time in Augusta from 1858 through 1870, a period of

contractor that is fabricating the exhibit, and will install it in

tumult during the Civil War and first years of Reconstruction.

Augusta in early February. EM

In 2006 plans were made to create a permanent exhibit so that the complete story of Woodrow Wilson’s life could be explored, beginning with his childhood and family connections, progressing through his exceptional education and his career as a college professor and university president. Finally, his remarkable political career as Governor of New Jersey and President of the United States is covered in some detail. Wilson was a complex man, and there are various exhibit panels including ones that explain his role as Commander in Chief during the First World War, his relationship with women, his position on race relations, and his lifelong interest in sports including baseball and golf. The exhibit also includes a panel on the many donors that made the restoration of the Wilson and Lamar Houses possible, and panels on the Lamar and

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EXHIBIT PANELS DESCRIBE WILSON'S SOUTHERN BOYHOOD

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NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS ELECTED AT HISTORIC AUGUSTA’S ANNUAL MEETING

H

istoric Augusta’s Annual Meeting was held on

Libby Macuch, Second Vice President, Elizabeth McGhee,

November 2 at the Augusta Country Club. Cameron

Secretary, Branford Thompson, Treasurer.

Nixon, Historic Augusta’s President, called for reports from the treasurer, Branford Thompson, who made the financial report; Heard Robertson, chairman of the Preservation Committee; and Erick Montgomery, Executive Director. Mr. Nixon reviewed the annual events of 2017 and thanked the sponsors and committee members who made them successful.

Nominated to serve a second four-year term on the Board of Trustees were Robert Bovard, Ann W. Ewell, Benjamin R. Harrison, John R. B. Long, Ashley Hock-Smith, Branford Thompson, and James B. Trotter. Nominated to serve an initial four-year term on the Board of

A New Construction Award was presented by Elizabeth McGee, who served on the awards committee; and Preservation Awards were presented by John Williams, chairman, assisted by Robyn Anderson, Preservation Services Director. (See related story on pages 8-9)

Trustees were Jan Hodges Burch, Brandon Dial, Elna Green, Faye Hargrove, Robert Mauldin, James O’Neal, Scott Rhodes, Chris Rucker, and Pamela Dorminey-Uros. Nominated to serve as Honorary Trustees were W. Cameron Nixon and Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell.

Becky Smith chaired the Nominating Committee and presented the following slate of officers and Trustees, who were elected by acclamation.

Rotating off the Board of Trustees after completing their terms were Whatley Bush, Levi Hill IV, Susan Hunnicutt, Heather McKnight, and Rev. George Robertson. Our thanks are

Nominated for one-year terms to serve as officers for 2017 were

extended for their service. SH

Paula C. Knox, President, Heard Robertson, First Vice President,

ELIZABETH MCGEE PRESENTS AL CHEATHAM WITH HISTORIC AUGUSTA'S 2017 NEW CONSTRUCTION AWARD

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W. CAMERON NIXON, PRESIDENT, PASSES THE GAVEL TO INCOMING PRESIDENT, PAULA KNOX

TREASURER BRANFORD THOMPSON AND TRUSTEE KIRBY YAWN

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CONGRATULATIONS

to These Prominent Augusta Landmarks Celebrating Centennial and Bicentennial Anniversaries in 2018!

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS IN AUGUSTA!

IMPERIAL THEATER INTERIOR IMAGE FROM THEIR WEBSITE

SAINT PAUL'S CHURCH (POST 1916 FIRE CHURCH BUILDING)

CELEBRATING 200 YEARS IN AUGUSTA!

CEDAR GROVE CEMETERY

UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL (1915 BUILDING SHOWN ABOVE)

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MAGNOLIA CEMETERY

WARE'S FOLLY (GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART)

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PRESERVATION AWARDS Historic Augusta, Inc. announced the recipients of six awards given at its annual meeting held on November 2, 2017, at 5:30 p. m. at the Augusta Country Club. Historic Augusta recognizes outstanding historic preservation projects each year throughout the city.

WATKINSON & COMPANY GROCERS BUILDING, 215 12 TH STREET. Built circa 1900 and located in the Augusta Downtown Historic District, this vacant commercial brick building, formerly a bicycle shop, is a certified rehabilitation tax credit project, creating one retail space on the first floor and one residential apartment on the second floor. Architectural design was by Christopher Booker and Associates, and construction by Peach Contractors. Presented to Krista and Sean Wight.

WILLIAM H. MAYS, III BUILDING, OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER, 902 GREENE STREET, DOWNTOWN HISTORIC DISTRICT. Built in 1959-60 and designed by Eve and Stulb, the former Augusta Richmond County Library was included in Historic Augusta’s Endangered Properties List in 2011 after it became vacant The City of Augusta began rehabilitation work in December 2015, and the Office of the Public Defender moved in on December 5, 2016. New architectural design was by Studio 3 Design Group and the general contractor was R. W. Allen Construction. Presented to the Office of the Public Defender, Katherine Mason, Circuit Public Defender and the City Administrator, Janice Allen Jackson and other city staff.

THE “BILL AND MARIE BUSH FRIEND OF PRESERVATION AWARD” Presented to the Creel-Harison Foundation for its dedication and involvement with Historic Augusta, Inc. and the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson. The Bush Award was established in honor of Historic Augusta founders Bill and Marie “Frenchie” Bush in 2012 and is awarded at the discretion of the Awards Committee to recognize outstanding service to Historic Augusta and its mission of historic preservation in Augusta and Richmond County.

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THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN JONES HOUSE, 656 MILLEDGE ROAD, SUMMERVILLE HISTORIC DISTRICT. Originally constructed circa 1909, significant additions and rebuilding occurred in 1926 for Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Franklin Jones of Pittsburgh as a winter residence. Pittsburgh architect Brandon Smith designed the house, which was listed to Historic Augusta’s Endangered Properties List for 2016 after becoming vacant. In 1932, the gardens, designed by Cleveland landscape architects Pitkin and Mott, were included in the Garden Club of America’s publication featuring Augusta and Aiken gardens. Purchased in 2015, the house and gardens have been carefully restored. Architectural and interior design were by Cheatham Fletcher Scott, with construction by general contractor Allen + Batchelor. Presented to Reid Pannill who received the award on behalf of the owners.

EDTS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS, 1721 GOODRICH STREET, AUGUSTA CANAL NATIONAL LANDMARK DISTRICT. Known as Building 4 on the Sibley Mill site, this former cotton warehouse is the first completed phase of the Augusta Cyberworks campus. The 32,500 square foot building was carefully rehabilitated to provide a state-of- the-art facility, allowing EDTS to remain in Augusta while providing world-class services to their clients. Architectural design was by Christopher Booker & Associates, and general contracting by Augusta American Building Company. Presented to EDTS, Will McGee, CFO and Craig Tarkenton, CTO.

NEW CONSTRUCTION AWARD, 2326 KINGS WAY Historic Augusta also gave one award for new construction. This award category was developed in 2013 to recognize owners of newly-constructed buildings that complement historic neighborhoods. Projects are selected that respect the location, design, materials, and other character-defining features of surrounding historic buildings. The awardee for 2017 is 2326 Kings Way, designed by owner Albert F. Cheatham. Of the many homes Mr. Cheatham has designed throughout his career, this is the first he has designed and built for himself. Mr. Cheatham was inspired by architectural principles and features of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and Fiske Kimball’s Tusculum, both in Virginia. RA

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PRESERVATION BRIEFS W IN T E R 2018

Staff has been steadily working on a number of important certified rehabilitation tax credit applications. Redevelopment in the Augusta Downtown Historic District continues to encourage property owners to rehabilitate the historic buildings in the business corridor and use these financial incentives. With the recent federal tax overhaul, there was a call to action when the 20% Federal Historic Tax Credit was initially eliminated from the legislation. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and other preservation non-profits across the country lead the charge to save the credit and were successful in doing so. The credit remains intact with the property owner taking their federal credit over a span of 5 years.

204 13TH STREET, THE MORGAN BUILDING The building's construction is described in an Augusta Chronicle newspaper article from June 21, 1914 where the "remarkable development" of the block is discussed. Mrs. James B. Morgan developed this and the adjacent commercial structure facing Broad Street on the lot where her former residence stood.  Rehabilitation will result in 6 income producing apartments.

519 GREENE STREET, JOHN PHINIZY HOUSE The Marion Hatcher Center, an iconic building in the Augusta Downtown Historic District, will be renovated and continued to be used as an event center. Interior character defining features include the leather wallpaper, hardwood floors, original plaster, and stained glass windows.

551 GREENE STREET, DELAIGLE-VASON HOUSE Built in 1873 in the Second Empire style by Augusta's premier 19th Century architectbuilder, William H. Goodrich. It was constructed of load-bearing brick for Mrs. Mary Clark del'Aigle (1841-1922), widow of Louis del'Aigle (1831-1868). The Second Empire style was recent in the Southern United States and this house is an early and fine example. Rehabilitation will result in 10 income-producing apartments.

582 BROAD STREET, PART OF REID RANGE One of three identical early 19th century commercial buildings including Luigi’s and the adjacent building, rehabilitation will result in commercial space on the first floor and four residential apartments on the upper floors. In recent years this structure has been the Augusta Christian Servicemen’s Center.

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902 BROAD STREET While the commercial floor is occupied by several businesses, the second floor of this building has not been developed and features many original character defining features such as hardwood floors, moldings, and some plaster. Rehabilitation of the second floor will result in eight income-producing loft apartments.

608 BROAD STREET, JOHN FOX BUILDING John Fox, an early Augusta merchant, purchased this corner lot of one acre in 1799 and erected several buildings on it before his death in 1837. This building is the last still standing. Typical of antebellum buildings on Broad Street, it has two commercial spaces on the street level, and residential space above accessed by a hallway and stairs in the center.  It is an example of the late Federal-style in the Augusta Downtown Historic District and is listed as a contributing structure. Rehabilitation will retain the existing two commercial spaces on the first floor and four residential apartments on the upper floors.

702 BROAD STREET, THE LEONARD BUILDING The Leonard Building was constructed in 1899 for Leonard Phinizy (1854-1918). It is considered a contributing structure in the Augusta Downtown Historic District. Designed by local Augusta architect J. C. Turner, it is a fine example of the Second Renaissance Revival style as expressed in commercial architecture.  Final plans for the rehabilitation may include several commercial and office spaces and income producing residential lofts.

908 WEST MARTINTOWN ROAD, NORTH AUGUSTA, SC, THE CHARLES HAMMOND HOUSE Individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dating from the Revolutionary War era, the Hammond House is one of the oldest residences in North Augusta. The house exemplifies a typical architectural trend of 19th century South Carolina, that of converting plain 18th century folk houses into more fashionable, columned homes as prosperity was attained.  As possibly the oldest house in North Augusta, the Hammond House retains architectural qualities characterizing the elegance of the early 19th century.

943 ELLIS STREET, THE HANDKERCHIEF FACTORY Constructed in 1939 the building was the site of the Marks Manufacturing handkerchief and shirt factory until 1975. The building is a contributing structure in the Augusta Downtown Historic District as its architectural style is an excellent example of industrial commercial design and is located on a service street.  Rehabilitation will result in incomeproducing loft apartments.

1255 BROAD STREET/1242 JONES STREET, THE WILCHER BUILDING 1255 Broad Street was purpose built as an auto and mill supply store with storage located in the building facing Jones Street c. 1920. In 1940, the building was purchased by the Osbon family for use as a tire business.  The 1954 Sanborn map shows that 1255 is a tire store separated by a fire wall with 1253 and that 1251 is a wholesale dry goods store.  1238 Jones Street is shown as the auto parts warehouse in 1954.  Rehabilitation will result in 8 residential apartments on the Jones Street side of the building. RA

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KEITH WATSON, RENEE KELLY, MARK ALBERTIN, WHATLEY BUSH, ADAM KOWALCZYK, WILLIAM "CHIP" LAMB, CURTIS ADAMS, CATHERINE ROBERTSON, JAMES MASON, SALLIE METZEL

WALK WITH THE SPIRITS IN SAINT PAUL’S CEMETERY: RECAP

H

istoric Augusta held its 11th annual cemetery tour,

We are grateful to all of our “spirit” actors, volunteers, and sponsors

Walk with the Spirits, on October 28-29, 2017 at

for helping us increase awareness of Augusta’s past by connecting

Saint Paul’s Cemetery in downtown Augusta. During 45

current residents with the people and places that still influence

minute tours of this historic cemetery, costumed guides led

us today through their contributions and cultural legacy. SH

groups of all ages through Augusta’s past, while discussing the history of the cemetery, the importance of cemetery preservation, gravestone iconography, and interesting facts about the “spirits” they portrayed. Along the route, additional “spirits” from Augusta’s past shared their stories. This year’s tour focused on the men and women whose lives were impacted by the Revolutionary War. Sip with the Spirits was held at the home of Cheryl and Sam Tyson and included a delicious barbeque dinner for our generous sponsors and actors. Many thanks to Sam Tyson, Southbound Smokehouse, and Two Moms Cookies for providing such a delicious spread.

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SPIRIT GUIDES SALLIE METZEL, PORTRAYING ELIZABETH MCKINNE, AND RENEE KELLY, PORTRAYING “KITTY” JACK, AWAIT THEIR TOURS

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CHIP LAMB PORTRAYS THE REVEREND WILLIAM H. CLARKE

CURTIS ADAMS AS ALEXANDER MCLAWS

WA LK W ITH THE SPIR ITS COMMITTEE Sam Tyson, Chair

Samantha Hargrove, Staff

Curtis Adams, as Alexander McLaws

Renee Kelly, as Catherine “Kitty” McKnight Jack

Mark Albertin, as Lewis Cooper Robyn Anderson, Staff Whatley Bush, as Gen. George Mathews Brandon Dial, Sponsorship Chair

Adam Kowalczyk, as Joseph George Cormick William “Chip” Lamb, as Rev. William H. Clarke

James Mason, as Jean Baptiste Francis Coquillon Sallie Metzel, as Elizabeth Pope McKinne Erick Montgomery, Staff Catherine Robertson, as Sarah Barnes Keith Watson, as Seaborn Jones

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Caren Bricker, Vintage Ooollee: costumes; Saint Paul’s Church; Joe Willis: bartending services; Historic Augusta’s Volunteers and Board of Trustees VOLUNTEERS: Nick Finch; Razel Foster; Stephen Hargrove; Jay Hashimi; LaMonika Medley; Laurie Montgomery; Bob Nelson; Louise Phinizy; Jean-Marie Smith; Michael Werrick SPONSORS: MARBLE: Liz and Bill Hopkins

GRANITE:

SIP WITH THE SPIRITS HOSTS, SAM AND CHERYL TYSON

BRONZE: Brandon Dial, Greg and Danna Gay, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. M. Knox Jr., Perry and

Connor Smith, Taylor BMW

FOOTSTONE: Jeanie and Richard Allen, Ann Boardman, CFS Architects, Alice and John

Caldwell, Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell and Mr. Richard Swann, Peach Contractors, Lyle and Shirley Glascock, Libby and Bill Macuch, Neita Mulherin, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Nesbit, Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Phinizy, Platt’s Funeral Home, Frances Warren Rhodes, Southbound Smokehouse, Robertson Restoration, Becky and Randy Smith, Elaine and Roger Smith, Two Moms Cookies

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SAVED! FEDERAL HISTORIC TAX CREDIT:

H

istoric Augusta is pleased to announce that the federal 20 percent historic tax credit (HTC) has been

retained after the most significant revision of the tax code

program to reduce qualified rehabilitation expenses for an approved project by 45% and freezing the property taxes at their pre-rehab value for 8 years.  To determine if

in more than 30 years! Threatened with elimination late in

a property you own, property within a federal National

2017, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and other

Register Historic District, that may be eligible for the

advocacy organizations rallied across the country to save

programs,

this important financial incentive to develop historic

Services Director, at robyn@historicaugusta.org.

properties.

contact

Robyn

Anderson,

Preservation

Because of their dedication to their constituents

and a belief that this revenue positive tax credit is a catalyst

By becoming a member of Historic Augusta and

for historic preservation projects, representatives from

sponsoring our annual events, you are supporting our

across the country including Senator Johnny Isakson

local efforts to promote the utilization of the state and

from Georgia, pushed for an amendment to the bill

federal historic tax credit programs. Join us in May,

that would retain the 20% credit while requiring property

during National Preservation Month, at Historic

owners to capture their credit over the course of five years.

Augusta's Annual Downtown Loft Tour to see first-

The tax reform bill was approved on December 20th,

hand how these programs result in income producing

2017

and

preservationists

across

the

country

have

claimed victory!

residential apartments in our downtown business corridor and encourage businesses to relocate their offices to our thriving commercial core. RA

There are 17 rehabilitation projects underway in Augusta that are applying for the federal HTC, including the downtown headquarters of TaxSlayer at 945 Broad Street, 941 Ellis Street, 901 Broad Street, and 551 Greene Street. Most notably, the recent completion of the Miller Theater has resulted in a $22 million dollar investment in downtown Augusta with a tax credit value of nearly $6 million dollars. Please contact Senator Isakson to say "Thank You!" for saving the federal historic tax credit! Send him an email at senator@isakson.senator.gov or call his office at (770) 661-0999. The federal HTC can be used in conjunction with the 25% state historic tax credit and the property tax abatement

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ARTICLE FROM THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC

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Joi n us as a Pa r t ner i n P reser vat ion Help Histor ic Aug ust a Meet it s Mission to P rotect A u g u s t a’s A r c h i t e c t u r a l a n d H i s t o r i c L e g a c y Are you or your company interested in a custom

sponsorship package for our annual events, including the Downtown Loft Tour, Cotton Ball, Perfectly Aged Benefit Auction, and Walk with the Spirits? The Historic Augusta

Partners in Preservation program invites you to support historic preservation in Augusta and Richmond County, Georgia while gaining valuable exposure for your company. Visit www.historicaugusta.org/partner to learn more about the different opportunities available or email Samantha Hargrove, Programs and Marketing Director, at Samantha@historicaugusta.org to create a custom package. Annual sponsors of Historic Augusta, Inc. receive the greatest level of exposure to our audience through exclusive print and digital advertising, group admission to all of our top events, and more!

GRANT UPDATES Historic Augusta wishes to gratefully acknowledge recent grants received from the following: the Augusta Conventions and Visitors Bureau for print and digital marketing of tours to out-of-town visitors; the City of Augusta-Richmond County for general

operating support; and the Creel Harison Foundation for HVAC replacement units, as well as drywall and plaster repairs of the Joseph R. Lamar Boyhood Home; and the Historic Augusta Endowment Trust for general operating support. SH

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W I LSON HOUSE U PDAT ES

THE BOYHOOD HOME OF PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON DECORATED FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Winner of Trip Advisor's 2017 Certificate of Excellence, after 41 travelers rated the museum “excellent.” YOUR OPINION MATTERS Have you visited the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson lately? If so, please help us spread the word and leave a review on one or all of these websites. Yelp / Trip Advisor / Facebook / Google

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HOL I DAY H IGH L IGH TS Holiday events at the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson featured special Christmas tours throughout the month of December while the house was decorated with fresh evergreens and bows. The staff of Historic Augusta is especially grateful to Spade and Trowel Garden

Club of Augusta for helping our staff decorate for the season and to the Camellia Garden Club for maintaining the garden. SH

SPADE AND TROWEL GARDEN CLUB OF AUGUSTA

PR ESI DEN T W I LSON ’S Birthday Celebration Historic Augusta honored President Woodrow Wilson’s 161st birthday by offering Buy-One, Get-One free admission to the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson. Guests enjoyed cake in honor of the occasion and warmed up with hot cocoa, while children created birthday cards for our 28th president. SH

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Candlelight Tours of the Boyhood Home of President

donated by Jenny Frey, was draped in electric string lights

Woodrow Wilson were held on Friday, December 1 and

and handmade ornaments. To the delight of visitors, Dr.

Saturday, December 2, 2017. During this special evening,

Alice Little Caldwell and Jackie Herzberg filled the

guided tours of the home honored Wilson’s second term

home with holiday music. Guests also enjoyed festive

as President by celebrating “Christmas in 1917.” Tours

refreshments, including pound cake, hot apple cider, and

incorporated details about Christmas in Augusta during

Laurie Montgomery’s famous Christmas cookies. The staff

World War I and featured a glimpse into the past through

of Historic Augusta is especially thankful to the Spade and

local newspaper articles, photographs, and Christmas cards.

Trowel Garden Club for their hard work and dedication

The home was beautifully decorated with fresh evergreens

in transforming the house museum into an authentic 1917

and festive arrangements, and a Cedar Christmas tree,

Christmas. SH

DR ALICE LITTLE CALDWELL PLAYED HOLIDAY MUSIC ON THE HARP DURING SUNDAY'S TOURS

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STEPHANIE HERZBERG LEADS VISITORS THROUGH THE WILSON'S DINING ROOM

DOCENTS KEITH WATSON AND STEPHANIE HERZBERG

Special Thanks To DOCENTS Stephanie Herzberg Keith Watson VOLUNTEERS Renee Alexander Paulette Harris Jay Hashimi Laurie Montgomery Steve Ruby

JACKIE HERZBERG SANG CHRISTMAS CAROLS TO THE DELIGHT OF VISITORS ON FRIDAY NIGHT

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N E W & R E N E W E D M E M BE R S J U LY 2017 - DEC EM BER 2017

The following list consists of personal members who have paid dues, new or renewed during the above dates. If you paid your dues during this period, your name should appear below by category. If your name is missing or not in the proper category, and you paid your dues during this period, please let us know.

K EY

MR. AND MRS. PAUL S. SIMON

MR. AND MRS. CHARLES B. LANIER JR.

+ UPGRADED

DR. AND MRS. F. BLAKE WALKER

MR. AND MRS. BENJAMIN L. MASON

* NEW

MR. AND MRS. KIRBY THOMAS YAWN +

MR. AND MRS. TODD MERCHEN THE REV. AND MRS. GEORGE MUIR

BEN EFAC TOR

SUSTA I N ER

DR. GENE NORRIS +

MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM T. GARY III

PAM AND MILTON AVRETT III

MARGARET ANNE ROSSI

MR. AND MRS. BARRY L. STOREY

THE HON. AND MRS. JOHN FLYTHE

DR. AND MRS. T. BARRETT TROTTER

MR. AND MRS. CHARLES J. GOODWIN PAT RON

DR. ELNA GREEN *

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THE HON. AND MRS. H. SCOTT ALLEN

DR. FAYE HARGROVE *

MR. RONALD C. ANDERSON

DR. AND MRS. RONALD W. BOWERS

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MS. SUSAN B. BLOCK

MR. LEVI HILL IV

MR. AND MRS. DAVID E. HUDSON

MRS. ROXANN BUSTOS

MR. AND MRS. JIM G. JAMES

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MS. BETTY S. FRANK

MS. SUSAN S. JERNIGAN *

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MRS. T. H. HERNDON

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MR. AND MRS. C. R. KITCHENS

MR. JOSEPH M. LEE III

MRS. LINDA H. WEATHERRED +

MR. AND MRS. VAUGHN L. MAXWELL III

MRS. BARBARA B. MCCUTCHEON

DR. AND MRS. J. WILLIAM MCCORD

MRS. CHRISTINE MILLER-BETTS

DONOR

MR. AND MRS. W. CHARLES MOYE

MR. MILLEDGE G MURRAY

JEANIE AND RICHARD ALLEN

DR. AND MRS. PETER M. PAYNE

MR. STEVEN J. RAUCH

DR. AND MRS. DAVID AVERY

MRS. ELLEN NEAL PRUITT +

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MS. ANNE WALTON

MRS. RANDY K. STROZIER JR. MR. ROBERT R. TURBYFILL JR.

DR. AND MRS. WILLIAM R. KITCHENS

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FA MILY/ DOU BLE

DR. AND MRS. FRANK MCPHAIL JR.

MR. AND MRS. RON AWE

MR. THOMAS PATTERSON +

MRS. W. HALE BARRETT

BUSI N E SS CON T R IBU TOR

MR. STEVEN L. SANDERS +

MR. AND MRS. BRAD BENNETT JR.

DEPENDACOAT

MR. AND MRS. CARL THOMAS SUTHERLAND JR.

MR. AND MRS. R. DANIEL BLANTON JR.

MR. MICHAEL TAYLOR +

MR. AND MRS. GEORGE D. BUSH

BUSI N E SS SUSTA IN ER

MR. AND MRS. FRANK W. CAPERS JR.

SRP FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

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DR. AND MRS. TERRENCE J. COOK

DR. AND MRS. LOUIE H. GRIFFIN JR. +

MR. AND MRS. CHRIS CUNNINGHAM

NON PROF I T ORGA N I Z AT ION

MR. AND MRS. BEN R. HARRISON

MS. VICKI DALE +

ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY *

MR. AND MRS. HUGH M. MCCUTCHEON

MS. HELEN HENDEE

MR. AND MRS. E. G. MEYBOHM

MR. AND MRS. KEITH HENRY

DR. AND MRS. RUSSELL R. MOORES

MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM T. HUSSEY

MR. AND MRS. EARL RICHARDSON +

MR. AND MRS. KENNETH KITCHEN

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LIF E MEMBER S MRS. CLAYTON P. BOARDMAN JR. MRS. HAROLD M. BOARDMAN MRS. J. CRAIG CRANSTON MRS. ALBERT GARY MR. AND MRS. DANFORTH HAGLER MRS. THOMAS W. HAGLER JR. MRS. STEWART P. HULL MR. AND MRS. WAYLAND LAMAR MR. AND MRS. JOHN W. LEE SR. MRS. CAREY S. MAXWELL MR. & MRS. H. ALLEN STRICKLAND JR. THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE COLONIAL DAMES OF AMERICA, IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA, AUGUSTA TOWN COMMITTEE

MEMOR I A LS THOMAS FORREST ALLGOOD, JR. BY JANET AND J. CARLISLE OVERSTREET   JOHN CLIFFORD KILGORE BY MR. AND MRS. THOMAS H. ROBERTSON JACKIE KING BY RUTH BOVARD RICHARD CREE KILPATRICK BY JANET AND J. CARLISLE OVERSTREET

N ECROLOGY BETTY J. BLISSIT, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017 JIMMY A. MENGER, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 MENARD IHNEN, OCTOBER 25, 2017 RICHARD CREE KILPATRICK, OCTOBER 31, 2017 GREGORY BLAIR SCURLOCK, NOVEMBER 4, 2017 JOHN PAUL STRELEC, NOVEMBER 5, 2017 MRS. FRANK MAYS HULL PRIDE, NOVEMBER 20, 2017 THOMAS FORREST ALLGOOD, JR., DECEMBER 1, 2017 DR. H. RAY FINNEY, JANUARY 14, 2018

FAREWELL MELONIE! The staff wishes farewell to Melonie Holmes, who served as Historic Augusta’s Administrative Assistant from December 2016 until December 2017. Melonie resigned from her to position to focus on her own business, Savvy Tech Training, where she teaches clients how to use all the latest technology available for home and business. We wish Melonie every success in her endeavors!

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ANNE MARIE RICHARDSON, LAUREN ROBBINS (TRUSTEE) AND JOYCE RICHARDS AT PERFECTLY AGED

ELAINE CLARKE SMITH AND PAMELA DORMINEY-UROS (TRUSTEE) AT THE ANNUAL MEETING

NELSON DANISH DONATES A POSTER FROM THE 1958 WORLD’S FAIR TO PERFECTLY AGED

BILL AND CAROL BENNETT WITH LIBBY (2ND VICE PRESIDENT) AND BILL MACUCH AT THE ANNUAL MEETING

ALLISON VALLOTTON, ELIZABETH DONSBACH, AND JENNIFER JEFFARES AT THE COTTON BALL

SUZETTE VERBECK AND TRICIA HUGHES AT THE LOFT TOUR

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JAI WEST MANAGES HER GAZPACHO BAR AT PERFECTLY AGED

MAX VALLOTTON AND ASHLEY-HOCK SMITH, CHAIRS OF THE 2017 COTTON BALL

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OF F ICER S Mrs. W. L. M. Knox, Jr., President

Erick D. Montgomery, Executive Director

Mr. Heard Robertson, 1st Vice President

Robyn A. Anderson, Preservation Services Director

Mrs. Wiliam L. Macuch, 2nd Vice President

Samantha J. Hargrove, Programs and Marketing Director

Mr. Branford Thompson, Treasurer

Barbara Homen, Administrative Assistant

Mrs. James Baker McGee, IV, Secretary

Stephanie Herzberg, Wilson House Docent Keith Watson, Wilson House Docent

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"Green Court" on Cumming Road is featured on the cover of Augusta, Historic Augusta’s new book to be released in March. Built in the 1820s by Elizabeth Reid, enlarged in the 1850s, and again in the 1910s by Henry Parsons Crowell of Quaker Oats, it is representative of every era of Augusta’s history since the early nineteenth century.

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