The Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning Commission voted a month ago to deny the permit that would allow Macon businessman Lou Patel to demolish the historic structure in favor of a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise.
A historic church in downtown Macon that played an important role in the city's civil rights movement could meet the wrecking ball. According to plans filed with Macon-Bibb Planning & Zoning Commission, a developer wants to demolish the Tremont Temple Missionary Baptist Church at 860 Forsyth Rd. and replace it with a Dunkin' Donuts.
Preservationists say development threatens a group of antebellum homes in Troup County. The Greek Revival structures are among 10 sites listed in this year's Places in Peril list. Mark McDonald of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation says saving the sites serves future generations.
A nonprofit organization has acquired a steeple with hopes of protecting the spire, which is all that remains of the Athens church where R.E.M. played its first concert in 1980. The new owner's immediate goal is to stabilize the structure.
A rural south Georgia church built in the mid-1800s has been added to the official list of America's most treasured historic places. Liberty Baptist Church in Brooks County, just west of Valdosta, was granted a listing in late August in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Georgia Historic Preservation Division says three buildings that make up the Forsyth Railroad Depots and Baggage Room have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They include a passenger and freight depot built around 1850, a second passenger depot dating to 1899 and a separate baggage room constructed in 1917.
A nonprofit group dedicated to protecting Georgia's historic places says it's planning upgrades to its Atlanta headquarters that will make the nearly century-old mansion more environmentally efficient without sacrificing its historic integrity.