Lock and Dam on Historic Augusta’s Endangered Properties List

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – On Tuesday, Historic Augusta announced its 2018 Endangered Properties List.

The list was read at the old Court of the Ordinary building on Telfair Street.This building was on the 2014 endangered properties list, and The Augusta Jewish Museum is developing plans to turn it into a museum.

The four properties added to the list are the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, the old Richmond Hotel, a 3-story brick building on the corner of Broad and 12th Street and a Colonial Revival style house on Greene Street in Olde Town Augusta.

The lock and dam was built in the late 1930’s. Federal regulations linked to the Savannah Harbor deepening project are what started talks of what to do with the Lock and Dam. Congress ruled it needs critical improvements. Some want to see it torn down and a more natural rock dam built in its place. Others, Historic Augusta included, want to see it stay.

 

The old Richmond Hotel, which is now the Richmond Summit was built in the 1920’s. Historic Augusta says the out-of-town company that owns the building has either removed historical characteristics or let them get damaged beyond repair. Historic Augusta wants to see the building renovated.

Next, the 3-story brick building at the corner of broad and 12th street was built in the late 1800’s. Historic Augusta fears it will be demolished to make way for new developments. They would rather see someone restore the building that stands there now.

The final property is a home at the corner of Greene Street and 2nd Street. Historic Augusta says homes like this one are rare for the neighborhood because the fire of 1916 destroyed earlier architectural styles. Today we talked to a woman who is friends with the owner. According to her, the owner wants to renovate the house, but says it will be way too expensive and more than she can afford.

Historic Augusta Inc. Executive Director, Erick Montgomery, says the cyber boom expected for Downtown Augusta provides an opportunity for preservation of these buildings.

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