Georgia Trust recognizes preservation efforts at Atlanta History Center, Oakland Cemetery

Timelapse, provided by the Atlanta History Center, shows infill painting to repair a portion of the Cyclorama. The History Center is the new location for the circular depiction of the Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War. (Atlanta History Center)

This week, the Georgia Trust announced its 2020 preservation awards, including some landmarks in Atlanta

This week, the Georgia Trust announced its annual preservation awards — recognizing sites across the state, including several in metro Atlanta for restorative and revitalization efforts.

"This is the Trust's 43rd annual Preservation Awards," Mark C. McDonald, president and CEO of the Trust said in a release. "This year's winners represent a tremendous dedication to restoring and revitalizing Georgia's historic buildings and communities. We are proud to honor such deserving projects and individuals."

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In metro Atlanta, efforts at places like the Atlanta History Center and Oakland Cemetery were recognized with awards.

The Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama at the Atlanta History Center was recognized for “excellence in restoration.” At Oakland, the Women’s Comfort Station project received a nod for “excellence in rehabilitation.”

According to Oakland Cemetery, "the Women's Comfort Station is a small, single-room structure located near the Jewish Grounds at Oakland Cemetery." It was fully restored in 2019.

According to Oakland Cemetery, "the Women’s Comfort Station is a small, single-room structure located near the Jewish Grounds at Oakland Cemetery." It was fully restored in 2019.
According to Oakland Cemetery, "the Women’s Comfort Station is a small, single-room structure located near the Jewish Grounds at Oakland Cemetery." It was fully restored in 2019.

The Decatur Presbyterian Church also won the “excellence in rehabilitation” award.

Atlanta’s Randolph-Lucas-Jones House in Atlanta received an “excellence in preservation award.”

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This year, the historic City Hall in Griffin won the top honor: the Marguerite Williams Award. It is “presented annually to the project that has had the greatest impact on preservation in the state.”

“The historic City Hall in Griffin—a 2014 Georgia Trust Place in Peril site— was recognized for the town’s determination to rehabilitate the historic building, passing a SPLOST bill to fund the work. This project exemplifies an outstanding rehabilitation project that shows the determination of Griffin’s leadership and citizens who have proven that ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way.’”

The Trust was formed in 1973 to advocate for “the preservation and revitalization of Georgia’s diverse historic resources and advocates their appreciation, protection and use.”

A full list of the 2020 winners can be found here.