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Harvey & Lydia Jay House, 1934, Fitzgerald

fitzgerald ga harvey lydia jay house photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

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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Ocilla Public School, 1936

ocilla public school irwin county photograph copyright brian brown vanihsing south georgia usa 2009

A two-story brick school house and two-story brick teacher’s home were originally located on this lot. Two dormitories for students who lived in the county and went to school in Ocilla during the week were also located here. None of those structures survive. The original school taught grades one through eleven, and as the student population grew, the teacher’s house was converted for use as a grammar school. By the early 1930s, these buildings weren’t large enough to accommodate increasing numbers of students and in 1933 they were demolished to make way for the present structure. Lauren Parrott (of Fitzgerald, I believe) was the architect. The Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) began the project and it was finished by the WPA. While the new school was being constructed, classes were held in the courthouse, city hall, and Methodist and Baptist churches. The school was built between 1934 and 1936. For its first twenty years, it housed the elementary and high schools. By 1952, a new high school was built a few blocks away and this became the elementary school. It served that capacity until 1987.

National Register of Historic Places

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