Six resources were newly added to the Georgia Register of Historic Places in August 2017. Nominations for these resources were approved during an August 25th meeting of the Georgia National Register Review Board, which is charged with evaluating National Register nominations from Georgia prior to their submission to the National Park Service for National Register of Historic Places listing. As Georgia’s state historic preservation office (SHPO), the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) administers the National Register of Historic Places program in Georgia.
The newly-listed resources are:
- Peachtree Center Historic District, Atlanta, Fulton County - a district of Modern downtown commercial resources including some of the best known buildings in Atlanta. The district is significant as the work of architect John C. Portman, Jr. and for its association with the modern American civil rights movement in Atlanta.
- Dixville Historic District, Brunswick, Glynn County - a largely residential neighborhood developed primarily from c.1880-1919 as a cohesive African American community. The district is a good example of a planned residential community for Brunswick’s working-class, African American population, consisting of a variety of early house types typical for Georgia.
- Georgia Industrial Home, vicinity of Macon, Bibb County - a nondenominational orphanage started in 1899 by Reverend William E. Mumford. The campus features six contributing buildings on 159 acres, including a c. 1906 Neoclassical Revival-style administrative building and five residential cottages with Colonial Revival-style elements.
- Trust Company of Georgia Northeast Freeway Branch, Atlanta, Fulton County - a 1962 bank building designed by architect Henri Jova, celebrated for its innovative “motor banking” design, including its round shape, and its New Formalist architectural style.
- James and Olive Porter House, Macon, Bibb County - a French Eclectic-style house designed by architect W. Elliott Dunwody, Jr. and constructed in 1928 as part of the couple’s Normandy-inspired country estate.
- Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, vicinity of Buford, Hall County - a c. 1859 cemetery associated with the early settlement of southern Hall County and Friendship Baptist Church. The cemetery has a variety of funerary art representing early 19th to mid-20th century markers found in church cemeteries in Georgia.
For photographs and additional information on these resources, please access: http://georgiashpo.org/upcomingreviewboard
The National Register of Historic Places is our nation’s official list of historic properties that are worthy of preservation. The National Register was established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and is maintained by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Properties listed in the National Register include buildings, sites, structures, objects, and districts that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture.
National Register-listed properties are distinguished by being documented and evaluated according to uniform standards called the National Register Criteria for Evaluation. To be eligible for listing in the National Register, generally, a property or majority of properties in a district must be 50 years old or older; retain historic integrity in location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association; and meet at least one of the National Register Criteria for Evaluation. The Georgia Register of Historic Places uses the same criteria and documentation procedures as the National Register of Historic Places.
Georgia and National Register of Historic Places listing does not place restrictions on the use, treatment, transfer, or disposition of private property.
Properties listed on the National Register are potentially eligible for state and/or federal tax incentives. Rehabilitation tax incentives are available to properties that meet the substantial rehabilitation test and meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. State tax incentives can be applied to both income producing properties and primary residences and include a credit as well as a property tax freeze. Federal credits are available to income producing properties only. These incentives can help offset the cost of bringing historic properties back into a state of utility.
The Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources serves as Georgia’s state historic preservation office. Its mission is to promote the preservation and use of historic places for a better Georgia. HPD’s programs include archaeology protection and education, environmental review, grants, historic resource surveys, tax incentives, the National Register of Historic Places, community planning and technical assistance.
The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations, while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.