Tag Archives: Greek Revival Architecture in South Georgia

Unidentified Church, Lyons

This nicely proportioned structured appears to be a church, based on the floor plan, but I can’t find any history or information regarding it in any available sources. I will update when I learn more.

 

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Filed under --TOOMBS COUNTY GA--, Lyons GA

First State National Bank Building, 1885, Bainbridge

This has served as Bainbridge City Hall for many years, and was recently restored. It’s one of the most impressive marble structures in South Georgia.

Bainbridge Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --DECATUR COUNTY GA--, Bainbridge GA

William Hardwick Byrom House, 1859, Byromville

Byromville, originally known as Friendship, was a stagecoach stop operated by Thomas Swearington. In 1852, Swearington sold the surrounding land to William Hardwick Byrom. Byrom built a large general store, which included a post office, and the name of the community was changed to honor him, in 1853. It was incorporated in 1905. This landmark Greek Revival Georgian Cottage remained in the Byrom family until 1992 and underwent a certified rehabilitation by the new owners thereafter.

National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --DOOLY COUNTY GA--, Byromville GA

Harris-Ramsey-Norris House, Circa 1860, Quitman

This Greek Revival cottage is said to be the oldest house in Quitman.

Quitman Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --BROOKS COUNTY GA--, Quitman GA

Bentley House, Circa 1860, Quitman

Owner Tim Reisenwitz writes: Thank you for posting The Bentley House (c. 1860). I am currently restoring this antebellum and had an architectural historian visit and confirm the time of construction and also that the architect was most likely John Wind (1819-1863). John Wind was most famous for spectacular plantation homes but also designed town cottages such as this one, particularly with the U-shaped configuration. He also designed many area public buildings. 

Quitman Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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Filed under --BROOKS COUNTY GA--, Quitman GA

Wright House, 1854, Thomasville

This fine antebellum home was designed and built by John Wind in the Fletcherville neighborhood for Arthur P. Wright, a banker a city alderman who served as Thomasville mayor at the outset of the Civil War. It was used for early meetings of the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, as well.

The hand-carved square columns are perhaps the most significant decorative elements of the house, which is listed individually and as a contributing property to the Fletcherville Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places.

National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --THOMAS COUNTY GA--, Thomasville GA

Augustin Hansell House, 1853, Thomasville

This is the oldest house in the neighborhood and was designed by the noted architect/builder John Wind for Judge Augustin Hansell. Hansell Street was named for Judge Hansell.

Tockwotton-Love Place Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --THOMAS COUNTY GA--, Thomasville GA

Coleman House, Jefferson County

This delightful home is unusual in its high style and isolation, likely unique in this section of Georgia. To call it a farmhouse almost seems to minimize its grandeur though its setting among hundreds of acres of open fields confirms that purpose. Buddy Moore notes: This house was the home of my 4th Great Grandfather, E. Lindsey Coleman (1811-1872). Bill Paul adds: My grandfather’s home…when I was a youngster the front yard was surrounded with a white picket fence and gardens.

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Vernacular Greek Revival Cottage, Shell Bluff

Though this great little house has a slightly Victorian appearance, I believe its origins are earlier, perhaps as a vernacular Greek Revival.

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Filed under --BURKE COUNTY GA--, Shell Bluff GA

Mercer-Bledsoe House, 1855, Georgetown

Historic Photograph (detail) of Mercer-Bledsoe House, courtesy of Jim Bledsoe

Jim Bledsoe writes: This Greek Revival house (the Mercer-Bledsoe House) was built by Levi Mercer for his son Dr. J. W. Mercer (1833-1893). Dr. Mercer first practiced medicine in the Cross Roads community but gave up his practice and came to Georgetown to become a business partner of Edgar C. Ellington. Mr. Ellington owned a large house next door, which was acquired by Dr. Mercer upon Ellington’s death. The house was then known as the Mercer House, though over the years it was owned by J. T. Gipson, L. G. Brannon, and R. G. Methvin. It no longer survives. The original Mercer house (pictured above) was rented out until 1911, at which time it was sold by Charles G. Mercer to William Walton Bledsoe (1874-1953). It is generally known today as the Bledsoe House.

 

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Filed under --QUITMAN COUNTY GA--, Georgetown GA