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5.17.2010

Historic Houses

All photos from The Georgia Trust


The Georgia Trust has a link on its site for "Endangered Properties for Sale".  How appropriate.  According to the website: "The Revolving Fund Program was established to provide effective alternatives to demolition or neglect of architecturally and historically significant properties by promoting their rehabilitation and monitoring their preservation in perpetuity. Anyone who purchases a property from The Georgia Trust is required to sign a rehabilitation agreement and donate an architectural and preservation easement to The Georgia Trust. The easement, which ensures that the historic integrity of the property is retained, is attached to the deed in perpetuity."  


The house that caught my eye, of course, was the most run down.  I have romantic visions of buying a "fixer upper" and all the better that it is a home with generations of history.  A historic home is always a layered mystery of former inhabitants and their lives.  So back to the Madison Folk Victorian.  Built in 1891 and priced at $35,000, don't get excited because "the house will require substantial rehabilitation including all electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems."

A contender for listing on National Register of Historic Places, this is in a desirable location for 1891 due to proximity to TWO railroad depots (how metropolitan).  Located in Madison, a town too beautiful for Sherman to burn.  Architect Joseph Smith, specializing in Preservation, is working on a rehabilitation plan for this little 1300 sq ft Folk Victorian style home.  


Not much to look at now, scroll back up and remember this West Jefferson Street house as it used to be and as it will (hopefully) be in the future, with a bit more landscaping.  

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