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Episcopal Vicarage, Fitzgerald

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Though I don’t believe it was built for the purpose, this house served for many years as the vicarage of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Fitzgerald. It is now abandoned and in need of restoration.

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Shotgun House, Fitzgerald

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This is one of just a few shotgun houses still standing in Fitzgerald.

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Student Nurse Dormitory, Fitzgerald

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This Pueblo Revival house is located across the street from the site of the former Fitzgerald Hospital. Though a private residence today, it served as a dormitory for student nurses from the 1930s through the early 1960s.

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Gable-Front House, Fitzgerald

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The Italianate eave brackets give this a bit more character than the average gable-front house.

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Harvey & Lydia Jay House, 1934, Fitzgerald

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This home was built by local architect Lauren Parrott for $5000 in 1934 for Harvey & Lydia Jay. Mr. Jay was a well-respected Fitzgerald attorney for many years and also served as mayor. Thanks to his daughter, Lydia, for the history.

South Main-South Lee Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Clayton & Bessie Jay House, 1926, Fitzgerald

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This Craftsman-style house has recently been restored by Scott & Susan Spivey. It was built by Fitzgerald pioneers Clayton and Bessie Jay in 1926. Their granddaughter, Lydia Jay Mason, writes: My granddaddy was three-term mayor, drew the map up for the creation of Ben Hill County when it split from Irwin in 1906, practiced law for 50 years, bought property for Evergreen Cemetery and planted Magnolia trees at its entrance, and drew and designed the city parks on Main and Central. Very quiet but well respected man! They first lived at 810 South Lee Street (beginning in 1906) but felt it was too far out, so in 1926, they built this house at 415 South Main. My aunt Ruth Jay moved back about 1969 to care for my grandparents. After their deaths, she continued to live in the house until the Lathams (Maynard & Mickey) moved in.

South Main-South Lee Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Farmer-Powell House, 1905, Fitzgerald

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Though it’s best known as the Elks Lodge today, this is one of Fitzgerald’s oldest houses. It was built by local banker E. K. Farmer in 1905. Originally a wooden edifice, it was much smaller than it is today and had no columns. The wings were not part of the original, either. In 1918 the Powells purchased the property and remodeled it to look like FDR’s home, Springwood, in Hyde Park, New York, adding the brick, round portico, and side wings. The Fitzgerald Elks Club purchased the property sometime in the late 1950s and added a ballroom to the rear of the house. The present owners, Mark & Anna Oliver,  added a courtyard and carriage house across the drive which includes the tenth bedroom. Anna, who shared the history, writes: In the main house there are nine bedrooms, three baths upstairs and three half baths downstairs. Originally we think it was a six bedroom house. It was built with a central vacuum system in the walls and a basement. The house is presently for sale and would make a wonderful investment. A commercial kitchen and ballroom are included. Brenda Seabrooke recalls: The house was for sale in 1941. It didn’t sell so the Powells ran it as a florist in the 1940’s. I remember seeing buckets of flowers in a room off the kitchen. There was one bedroom with a full bath I think to the left of the ground floor stairs. In winter those rooms were an ice cave. Bamboo grew along the back and east side to screen the turpentine distillery and Kicklighter’s service station.

 

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