Canton recognized for Jones Mercantile restoration

The Georgia Downtown Association has recognized the city of Canton with a 2019 Best Façade Rehabilitation Project award for its restoration of the historic Jones Mercantile Building.

Canton partnered with Garbutt Construction as construction manager at risk for the more than $2 million Jones Mercantile project, which entailed a selective interior demolition, a new roofing system and an exterior renovation, according to a city announcement.

The original portion of the building dates to 1879. Over the years, the structure has served residents "with everything from hardware to haberdasheries, food to furniture, and children's toys to caskets … a one-stop shop and the original Cherokee County department retailer," a city website says.

The historic facade was hidden in 1973 with a “modern” covering of aluminum and stucco. Cherokee County purchased the building in the late 1980s for administrative offices. Canton took ownership in 2017 and retained Lord Aeck Sargent architects to design the renovation.