This school was probably built in the 1950s.
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According to the National Register of Historic Places nomination form (1986): The Lanier County Auditorium and Grammar School is significant as an unusual and distinctive example…of eclectic early 20th century architecture. The compact, regular massing of the buildings, the use of brick, and details such as quoins, keystoned arches, and pedimented front entryways suggest traditional, institutional Georgian Revival architecture. However, these elements area handled in a free, non-traditional way that reflects a contemporary early 20th century design approach…These architectural characteristics result from the fact that the buildings were designed by Lloyd Greer (1885-1952) of nearby Valdosta, Georgia, a highly trained, versatile architect known for designing many other schools, public buildings, and private homes throughout the South Georgia and North Florida area.
The buildings are…the only remaining facilities associated with the county’s first consolidated school system. The county was created in 1920, the same year the city and county schools began consolidation as part of a statewide movement toward consolidation. After this consolidation took effect, more school space was needed and thus these two buildings were built in 1925 to augment the existing Lanier County High School. The auditorium has served many county groups as a meeting space since it was the largest meeting space in the county. The loss by fire of the pre-existing Oaklawn Academy/Lanier County High School building in 1950 left these two structures as the only representatives of this early Lanier County educational effort.
National Register of Historic Places
South Main Street-South Lee Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
This Craftsman-style home was built, circa 1910, by a local bank president who soon thereafter sold it to a Mr. Lee, who was a member of the bank’s board. Robert E. Lee (no relation to the Confederate general I presume) seems to have been the primary owner at least through the 1940s. His wife operated a private kindergarten in the house for many years. It was likely a rental property for some time thereafter. In the mid-1970s, Steve & Joanie Young began a restoration of the house which is still evident today. My good friend, Blaine Bostelman lived in the house in the early 1990s and completed cosmetic restorations. I appreciate him sharing some of the history.
Frances Hiers (Coota) Whitworth shared this: My life long friends,”Brother” Massee, Edna Earl Steed, James Lineberger, Eleanor McClendon, Mary Ellen Newcomer and Jerry Heller went to Mrs. Lee’ s kindergarten! I have pictures of a rust color house with ‘ chillun posing on the front steps and also on the seesaw in the back yard. Also had a goldfish pond. Lyman Brewer tells the story that he got expelled from Mrs. Lee’s kindergarten the first day he went because he pushed a little girl in the goldfish pond!!! Our snack was graham crackers and orange Kool-Aid!! We played a lot OUTSIDE and colored inside! Learned to take turns and always do what Mrs. Lee said to do!!! I’m so thankful and blessed to have been brought up in Fitzgerald in the 1930s and 40s!! “Coota” Hiers Whitworth. F.H.S class of 1947
In their 2015 Places in Peril notation, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation writes: Chauncey was the first city in Georgia to issue bonds to construct and equip a modern school building. As a result, the Chauncey School was built in 1914 on a budget of $10,000. The building featured six classrooms, a state of the art science laboratory, and a regal auditorium. Boasting a Neoclassical Revival façade, the interior of the building contains numerous details common to early twentieth century architecture, such as pressed tin ceilings, elaborate moldings and glass doorknobs.
I met a nice gentleman who told me he had a farm just down the road and had lived his whole life in the area. He was glad I was photographing the old schoolhouse and shared many fond memories of his days there in the 1950s.
G. Morgan Copland was the first Principal. Members of the Board of Trustees were: J. B. Morgan, Chairman; John M. Willis, Secretary-Treasurer; M. G. Hogan; Warren Fletcher; and W. A. York. It has since served as the home of Irwin Academy and Grace Christian Academy. Mr. Foster Goolsby served for many years as headmaster of Irwin Academy. Grier & Biggers were the architects.