Construction crews have fenced off a historic dormitory at the University of Georgia to prepare for its demolition. University spokesman Tom Jackson said the demolition of 159-bed Rutherford Hall will probably begin in the first full week of June.
Georgia preservationists are highlighting the economic benefits of renovation as they release their annual list of "Places in Peril." The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's annual list focuses on 10 places throughout the state they deem "endangered," either from neglect or demolition plans. The Trust's Mark McDonald says, historic rehabilitation creates jobs.
The University of Georgia says Rutherford Hall, a 72-year-old dormitory on the University of Georgia's South Campus, will be razed and rebuilt as a 260-resident hall. Historic preservation groups had urged the university to renovate the building.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has called on the University of Georgia to reconsider its decision to tear down Rutherford Hall and replace it with a bigger dormitory. Support is growing to save the building. Rutherford Hall was one of the first women’s dormitories on campus and is located in the complex where Charlayne Hunter-Gault lived when she integrated the university in the 1960's.