Members of the community gathered this morning at the Train Recreation Center, located on Oglethorpe Street as the Historic Macon Foundation (HMF) announced its third annual list of endangered historic places in Macon-Bibb County. known as Macon’s Fading Five. For over 50 years, HMF has helped preserve hundreds of historic buildings in Macon-Bibb County and the Fading Five is an innovative tool to help promote the community’s rich and diverse heritage.
The 2017 Macon’s Fading Five list includes:
Train Recreation Center
Guy E. Paine House
A.E. Barnes Duplexes
Bobby Jones Performing Arts Center
Cotton Avenue District
The Train Recreation Center, Bobby Jones Performing Arts Center, and Cotton Avenue District were included last year and remain on the list, while The Grotto and the John B. Brooks House were declared “saved” from 2016’s list. HMF Executive Director, Ethiel Garlington, presented the new list and said,
“we continue to be amazed at the results of the Fading Five initiative and are eager to collaborate with the community to find solutions for the 2017 places. We hope citizens will get involved with our Preservation Committee that works year-round to develop strategies for these unique places.”
Over 20 nominations were submitted for consideration this year and since the inception of the Fading Five, the program has helped save six out of nine endangered properties with positive momentum for the other three. HMF now has a revolving fund, the Fading Five Fund that is dedicated specifically to preserving endangered places in our community thanks to the generosity of the 1772 Foundation and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.
posted 08/29/2017 in