The Wren’s Nest, the Atlanta home of author Joel Chandler Harris, was awarded $5,000 from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. CONTRIBUTED

Georgia Trust awards grants to two historic buildings

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation recently awarded the Callahan Incentive Grant two the Wren’s Nest in Atlanta and the Robert Toombs House in Washington, GA, according to a press release. The award is a matching grant given to nonprofit or governmental organizations undertaking the rehabilitation of a historic building or site in Georgia. The funds are made possible by Barbara and Les Callahan, long-time supporters of the Georgia Trust, with $5,000 going to each site.

The Wren’s Nest will use its funding toward the reworking of the parking access stair and walkway to be code compliant and safe for visitors. Located in the Queen Anne Victorian home of Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Brer Rabbit and Uncle Remus tales, the Wren’s Nest is a cultural center that celebrates the author’s legacy and promotes the art of storytelling.

The site was included on the Georgia Trust’s 2007 Places in Peril list. The proposed improvements will allow for the insertion of a walkway and stair that are architecturally compatible in design and take measures to control erosion and storm water. The completed work will provide a welcoming and safe experience for visitors who approach the historic house for museum tours as well as for guests attending a variety of community, cultural and donor events.

The Robert Toombs House will use its funding toward a restoration of the front façade. The restoration will involve repairs to the porch, including replacement of deteriorated balusters and stair treads and refinishing of handrails and porch floors, as well as the replacement of a porch beam to stabilize the west wing.

The site has been engaged in a major restoration for the past eight years. This project will aid in the historic site’s restoration goals.

Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation works for the preservation and revitalization of Georgia’s diverse historic resources and advocates their appreciation, protection and use.


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