Preserving Georgia's Heritage
The Georgia Trust, a nonprofit preservation organization, has recently honored 22 building projects that have been restored to historical accuracy or rehabilitated for a new use. In addition, University of Georgia professor John C. Waters received the organization's top award for leadership in preservation issues and education.
One of the awards for rehabilitation — defined as repair, alterations, or additions that preserve features of conveying a building's historic value — went to the Pulaski County Courthouse in Hawkinsville, Georgia. Built in 1872, with a neoclassical facade added in 1897, the courthouse was listed on the National Register. But in recent years it fell victim to neglect and the disruption of lobby and courtroom spaces by partitions to accommodate office space. Through rehabilitation design by Brittain, Thompson, Bray and Brown Architects, the spaces were returned to their original configuration. The dome and roof were sheathed in copper, and the building was fitted with new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and elevator systems.
In 1864, the Southern Spring Bedding Company built two buildings in Atlanta that Surber, Barber, Choate & Hertlein Architects have brought back to life as the Mattress Factory Lofts. Over the years, the property had lost its industrial prominence, but during the 1980s and 90s artists began to occupy it, drawn to the dramatic daylit spaces. The goal of the rehabilitation was to design new lofts while retaining the industrial character of the complex. Only the heavy timber edifice needed structural repair, but both buildings required new roofing systems. The steel-frame industrial windows were retained. The resulting mixed-use complex has 175,000 square feet (16,000 square meters) of commercial space and 171 residential lofts. >>>
The Pulaski County Courthouse received an "Excellence in Rehabilitation" award from the Georgia Trust.
Photo: Brittain, Thompson, Bray and Brown Architects, Inc.
The Mattress Factory Lofts, Atlanta, rehabilitated by Surber, Barber, Choate & Hertlein Architects.
Photo: Courtesy of The Georgia Trust
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