Tag Archives: South Georgia Institutional Architecture

Delmar School, Lowndes County

This was an elementary school. It was likely built in the early 1950s.

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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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Old Brooks County Jail, 1884, Quitman

This Romanesque style jail was built by Simeon A. Remington to replace an 1867 wooden jail that burned in 1880. It was used until 1980.

National Register of Historic Places

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Old Screven County Jail, Sylvania

Conversations with several people in Screven County have led me to identify this as the old county jail. It was replaced in the 1930s or 1940s by a newer structure and the date of this one is unknown but likely late-19th early-20th century. Dale Reddick writes: The observation about the second story trap door placed in the floor really does suggest this was a jail and also a hanging facility (if necessary), when the open field public hanging space further along W.T. Sharpe Drive couldn’t be used. Rabun Alex Lee, Larry Waters, and I had some ‘fun’ pulling up the history of this building. There’s a very similar structure found less than a quarter-mile distant. Perhaps the same designer/ builder constructed both. These structures most probably were built following Sylvania’s Great Fire of 1897 when many new brick structures were erected.  

It was also used as apartments in the mid-20th century.

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Calaboose, Sylvania

A local gentleman and two others have identified this as the old calaboose. Dale Reddick confirms: It is known as the “Caliboose,” per both Larry Waters and Rabun Alex Lee – who know Sylvania and Screven County better than most.

As discussed on the website before, calabooses were essentially holding cells/drunk tanks. The structure is in poor condition and the roof has collapsed on one side.

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Precinct House, Crosland

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Filed under --COLQUITT COUNTY GA--, Crosland GA

Midville High School

This was likely built in the 1910s or 1920s. The keystone arch displays the letters M H S.

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Filed under --BURKE COUNTY GA--, Midville GA