These Georgia landmarks are at risk of being gone forever

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The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation has released its 2021 list of “10 Places in Peril,” historic sites across the state either threatened by neglect or in danger of demolition or encroaching development.

The nonprofit organization’s 16th annual “Places in Peril” list, as was the case with its predecessors, is aimed at encouraging owners of the sites or historic preservation groups to invest in revitalizing the properties.

Here is this year’s list:

  • Ashby Street Theatre in Atlanta, one of the city’s first theaters serving the African American community.
  • Atlanta Eagle and Kodak buildings in Midtown Atlanta, originally built as expansive private homes in 1898 and 1905, respectively.
  • Blackshear City Jail, known locally as the old “Hanging Jail,” thought to be the third in a series of interior-gallows jailhouses in the South.
  • Cherry Grove Schoolhouse in Wilkes County, a rare surviving example of an early 20th century rural African American school building.
  • Cohutta African American Civil District in Whitfield County, consisting of three contiguous properties – two churches and a school.
  • Downtown Toomsboro in Wilkinson County, an old whistle stop on the Central Georgia Railroad between Macon and Savannah.
  • Kiah House Museum in Savannah, one of the first museums in Savannah started by African Americans in 1959, unoccupied for 20 years.
  • Old Monticello United Methodist Church, built in 1895 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Terrell County Courthouse, built in 1892 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, one of the tallest historic courthouses in Georgia.
  • Vineville Avenue Corridor in Macon, three-block historic residential district threatened by commercial development.

The annual Places in Peril list has a track record of getting results. Historic Griffin City Hall was fully rehabilitated this year after appearing on the list, while the Central State Hospital Depot in Milledgeville received a grant that will go toward a rehabilitation project.

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