Georgia Historic Trust Annual Gala and 2014 Places in Peril

The 30th annual Preservation Gala is this Friday and check out the photos of the historic 2014 Places in Peril.

Photo by: Halston Pitman Some of the Greek Revival homes of Troup County, like the Flowers-Newsome mansion pictured above, suffer from neglect and lack of maintenance. The proximity to I-85, industrial growth and land development contribute to a heightened threat of demolition development of these historic homes.

The Georgia Trust of Historic Preservation will hold its 30th annual Preservation Gala this Friday at the Patterson-Carr House in Buckhead. Titled Garden & Fun, the event takes place in one of architect Philip Trammell Shutze's finest accomplishments, a 1939 English cottage right in the heart of Atlanta. 

The home’s entry features a mural by Athos Menaboni. Situated on a four-acre wooded lot, the grounds are comprised of multiple charming gardens, courtyards, fountains, a swimming pool and a gun house – all of which guests are invited to explore. There will also be cocktails, noshes, and live music. Proceeds benefit the Trust and all their fine works including the Places in Peril program.

The Places in Peril program identifies and preserves Georgia properties that might otherwise be demolished or that are being neglected. Their reach extends to include historic homes, districts, municipal structures, archaeological sites and cultural landscapes. The Trust is one of the country’s largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations. 

The 2014 Places were announced earlier this year and include a school, a prison yard, a private home and a firehouse. To nominate a Georgia place in peril, see the Trust's web site

Check out the Trust’s 10 Ways to Help Save Georgia’s Places in Peril 

  • Attend the Trust’s events to show your support and learn more about the Places in Peril program
  • Support revitalization efforts by becoming a member of The Georgia Trust or your local preservation group.
  • Email letters to your city officials describing the problem and offering solutions, and copy local news media.
  • Organize a Save The Building Day. For properties with heavily deferred maintenance, enlist the help of civic organizations looking for community projects, or organize a volunteer’s clean up day through your local preservation group.
  • Adopt a site. Start a written petition to protect the property. Post a web page for online ‘signatures’ with full name and zip code. Forward the signed petition to local officials.
  • Create a support group of local business people and residents. Organize public meetings. Distribute information about the building you’re trying to protect.
  • Work with or form a local historic preservation organization. Keep media and citizens informed of ongoing changes in the property’s status and/or efforts to preserve it. The news media won’t cover every new development, but steady contact will ensure they won’t let it fall off their radar, either.
  • Share the Places in Peril issue of The Rambler electronically by emailing the website link, www.georgiatrust.org, to everyone you know.
  • Ask columnists (like us!), television or radio personality to interview elected officials about their views on your adopted Places in Peril site.
  • Donate to The Georgia Trust or your local preservation group.

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