Category Archives: Statesboro GA

Jaeckel Hotel, 1905, Statesboro

Jaeckel Hotel Statesboro GA City Hall Blind Willie McTell Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Opened by German immigrant Gustave Jaeckel, this hotel was a showplace in early 20th century Statesboro, hosting celebrities like Henry Ford, William Jennings Bryan and Cornelius Vanderbilt. After closing in the late 1960s, it was acquired by the city of Statesboro in the 1990s and renovated for use as City Hall.

Jaeckel Hotel Statesboro GA City Hall Restored AAA Neon Sign Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The beautiful AAA hotel neon was restored in 2012 by the Bulloch County Historical Society and the Jack N. & Addie D. Averitt Foundation.

Jaeckel Hotel Statesboro GA City Hall Blind Willie McTell Bluesman Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Blind Willie McTell played here when he lived in Statesboro. The Thomson native and iconic bluesman wrote many blues standards but is best known for his “Statesboro Blues” (famously covered by the Allman Brothers Band).

Blind_Willie_McTell_LOC_Ruby_Lomax_Atlanta_1940Photograph by Ruby Lomax, Atlanta, 1940, Library of Congress

East Main Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Preetorius Building, 1910, Statesboro

Hall Preetorius Statesboro GA Bulloch County Revitalization Downtown Historic District Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Built by Hall Preetorius, this structure is next door to the Emma Kelly Theater.

East Main Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Emma Kelly Theater, 1936, Statesboro

Emma Kelly Theatre Statesboro GA Renovated Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Originally known as the Georgia Theater, this Art Deco facility is now part of the Averitt Center for the Arts and was renamed in honor of musical icon Emma Kelly, the “Lady of 6,000 Songs”. The late Mrs. Kelly is known to wider audiences due to her cameo role in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

East Main Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Bank of Statesboro Building, 1911

Averitt Center for the Arts Bank of Statesboro Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

One of the city’s most recognizable icons, the old Bank of Statesboro building is now home to the David H. “Hal” Averitt Center for the Arts. Mr. Averitt was a longtime member of the Statesboro City Council and later served as Mayor. His family’s foundations are actively involved in promoting the arts and history in Bulloch County and have marked and preserved many sites that would otherwise have been forgotten.

Averitt Center for the Arts Bank of Statesboro Building Arts and Crafts Monumental Arch Entrance Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The curved shape of the building will get your attention, but even more extraordinary to me is the monumental arch which serves as the main entrance.

Bank of Statesboro Building National Register of Historic Places Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

East Main Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Mathews Building, 1920, Statesboro

Mathews Building 1920 Statesboro GA Bulloch County Downtown Revitalization Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

East Main Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Early Commercial Architecture, Statesboro

East Main Street Historic District Statesboro GA Commercial Architecture Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Though I haven’t identified it yet, I would guess this structure dates to the late 19th or early 20th century. Like much of Statesboro’s historic downtown, it has been renovated for modern use.

East Main Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Blitch Building, Statesboro

Downtown Statesboro GA Bulloch County Blitch Building Other Commercial Storefronts with Fanlights Preservation Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Directly across North Main Street from the courthouse is the wonderful Blitch Building. Like its neighbor to the immediate south (left) it features fanlights.

North Main Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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