Georgia Historic Preservation Trust Honors Humanities Hall at Oxford College

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Oxford College’s Humanities Hall won the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Award for Excellence in Stewardship on April 23 at its 45th annual Preservation Awards.

Built in 1874, on the original campus of Emory College in Oxford, Humanities Hall is one of the main academic buildings in the quadrangle.

After nearly 150 years of continuous use and a variety of partial renovation projects, Humanities Hall has undergone a comprehensive rehabilitation to reveal, preserve and celebrate the building’s original fabric while sensitively inserting new classrooms and a cutting-edge academic framework. which can be used long into the future.

Throughout the building, historic doors and columns have been exposed and preserved and the original plasterwork on the masonry walls has been repaired. This project took a well-used but outdated building and transformed it into a character-filled learning space.

As with all of its historic properties, Emory protects the heritage of its Oxford campus with the ongoing restoration, modernization and maintenance of its buildings.

Excellence in Stewardship Awards recognize those who ensure the preservation of historic properties through long-term care and maintenance, stabilization, protection, or continued family ownership.

The other recipients of Excellence in Stewardship were Midtown High School, Atlanta; Cochran-Davenport Farmstead owned by Elma Ettman, Dial; Richland Restoration League, Jeffersonville; Clark Hall at SCAD, Savannah; Georgia Historical Society Research Center, Savannah; and Historic Railroad Depot and Platform, Toccoa.

Academy Lofts in the Adair Park neighborhood of Atlanta received the Marguerite Williams Award, given annually to the project that has had the greatest impact on preservation in the state.

Academy Lofts has been recognized for its exceptional and impactful transformation of a vacant and deteriorated school building into a rehabilitated apartment building that provides the community with much needed housing at below market prices.

Built in 1912 as the George W. Adair Elementary School, the building now includes a mix of affordable housing and market-priced apartments, a cafe/restaurant and event venue, as well as purpose-built offices. non-profit.

A creative combination of tax credits and grants was used to bring the project to fruition, and the building is now poised to resume its role as a thriving community hub of activity.

The Grantville Passenger Depot in Grantville received the President’s Award, presented by the President of the Georgia Trust to a person or project of significant preservation significance.

Braselton Cotton Gin in Braselton received the Michael L. Starr Award, given to a project that best exemplifies the highest standards of historic rehabilitation and has a significant impact on the downtown core of the city in which it is located.

The Camille W. Yow Volunteer of the Year Award went to Paula and Larry Knox of Augusta.

The Trust also presented two Excellence in Restoration Awards, ten Excellence in Rehabilitation Awards, two Excellence in Preservation Awards, one Excellence in Preservation Service Award and seven Excellence in Stewardship Awards.

Winners of Excellence in Restoration were the Overton House in Augusta and the Pope’s Museum in Ochlocknee.

The Excellence in Rehabilitation winners were: ACE Skills Center at Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus; Kimpton Sylvan Hotel, Atlanta; Offices in Poplar Street, Atlanta; Amoco gas station, Braunschweig; Leotis Building, Brunswick; Fort Valley High School, Fort Valley; Butts County Courthouse, Jackson; Dixie Cotton Mills, LaGrange; Lemon Street School, Marietta; and Powell Hall at Valdosta State University, Valdosta.

The recipients of Excellence in Preservation were the Moller Organ at the Fox Theater in Atlanta and the Washington Street Buildings in Clarkesville.

The Award for Excellence in Preservation Service was presented to the Whitfield County Historic Preservation Commission.

“This year’s recipients represent tremendous dedication to the restoration and revitalization of Georgia’s historic buildings and communities,” said Mark C. McDonald, President of the Georgia Trust. “We are proud to honor such deserving projects and individuals.”

For more than 40 years, the Trust has recognized preservation projects and individuals throughout Georgia who have made significant contributions to the field of historic preservation. Awards are made based on the individual’s or project’s contributions to the community and/or state and in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s standards for the treatment of historic properties.

Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit preservation organizations. The Trust works for the preservation and revitalization of Georgia’s diverse historic resources and advocates for their appreciation, protection and use.

The Georgia Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired through its revolving fund and raises awareness of other historic resources at risk through an annual list of Georgia’s “at risk places.” The Trust recognizes preservation projects and individuals with its annual preservation awards and rewards students and professionals with academic scholarships, the Neel Reid Prize and the Liz Lyon Fellowship.

The Trust offers a variety of educational programs for adults and children, provides technical assistance to landowners and historic communities, advocates for funding, tax incentives and other legislation to aid preservation efforts, and operates two house museums in Atlanta (Rhodes Hall) and Macon (hay house).

To learn more about the Georgia Trust and the Preservation Awards, visit

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