Tag Archives: South Georgia Institutional Architecture

Courthouse Annex, 1904, Bainbridge

Bainbridge Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Old City Hall & Firehouse, 1914, Bainbridge

This Spanish Colonial Revival landmark was designed by William Augustus Edwards as a combination City Hall and Firehouse, and over the years has also served as the library and public safety center. It is now known as the Firehouse Center & Gallery and is home to the Decatur County Council for the Arts, featuring gallery and event space.

Bainbridge Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Old Post Office, 1914, Bainbridge

This is presently home to the Decatur County Board of Education office.

Bainbridge Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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Walker Grove School, Newington

It was common practice in many African-American communities in early 20th century Georgia for churches to construct schools. This was due to the fact that the state was notoriously negligent in the construction and upkeep of schools for black students. The Rosenwald Foundation and the American Missionary Association were two outside concerns that contributed to the cause of African-American education, but I haven’t been able to link either group to Walker Grove and therefore believe that it was built by the members of Walker Grove Baptist Church. It’s located on the same property. I believe this was built in the 1910s or 1920s.

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Patton Hill Courthouse, 1880s, Schley County

The community now known locally as Concord has also been known as St. Elmo, Nubbin Hill, and Patton Hill over the past two centuries. This precinct/court house dates to the 1880s, according to a wooden sign on the property.

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Wetherington-Robinson Elementary School, Circa 1956, Delmar

After a long history of operating substandard schools for African-Americans, Georgia began building modern schools for black students in the early 1950s. This effort to delay desegregation was a knee-jerk response to Brown v. Board of Education, and while the state spent a small fortune building these schools, desegregation was a done deal and implemented fully by the early 1970s. Many of these schools still stand throughout Georgia.

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Quitman Elementary School

The old Quitman Elementary School was designed by noted Valdosta architect Lloyd Greer. It was last used as the alternative school.

Thank to Chuck Ramsey for the identification and background.

Quitman Historic District, National Register of Historic Place

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