Among the houses I’ve encountered in Georgia, this is an unusual form of the Queen Anne style. Dale Reddick writes: Folks from around the Girard area are saying this was the home of Mr. Frank and Mrs. Sybil Long. He worked for Southern Bell. Two individuals have agreed on the identification.
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I recently learned of the existence of this bank from Vivian Wisham, on my Vanishing Georgia Facebook group. She also told me of the house next door. I spoke with an older gentleman while photographing it who noted it was the Bank of Girard (he wasn’t positive about the name) and probably built in the 1910s. After it failed in 1927, it became the Girard Post Office and served that function for many years. He also stated that he had a photograph of his father in front of the post office circa 1934. He was hopeful that it will be saved. The old bank vault remains inside.
I first thought this to be a house in the style of an old school building, but it was an old school. JEP writes: This was a school house, probably early part of last century. Then when the new brick school was open about 50 yards away, this building became the lunchroom. Rain, sleet or snow, students had to walk over to this building for lunch. Around 1965 both buildings were closed and students had to go to Sardis to school. The town, Girard, eventually restored this building and it is rented out for assorted functions. Receptions, parties, etc. The brick school was restore for the same purpose, and also houses trauma EMTs/Fire as well as city hall.
I believe this is now a private residence.
Cecil M. Hickman writes that this building was built and owned buy the Girard Masonic Lodge #317 until late 1950’s or early 60’s. The members were transferred to the Sardis Masonic Lodge and the building and land sold to Earl Clifton (Tippy) Hickman & his Aunt Miss Marion Hickman. Tippy installed the door on the right hand side in order to place his excess 1949 & 1950 Fords and extra parts, one of several warehouses he had full of restored 49 & 50 Ford (abt 20) cars & parts. Tippy also refurbished old John Deere Tractors, he had a one cylinder that ran as well as the day it was bought. I don’t know what happened to the furniture used by the lodge upstairs.