Historic Site in Madison in ‘Peril’

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An historic site in Madison has been placed on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s  “Top 10 Places in Peril” list for 2018.  The Historic Foster-Thomason-Miller House on Main Street in Madison, which has sat unused and in disrepair nearly 20 years, made The Trust’s 2018 list chronicling Georgia’s 10 historical site in desperate need of attention.

The Thomason-Miller House, which was built in 1883, and renovated in the 1990s, fell into severe disrepair after a devastating fire in 2001. The current owners, Friesen Real-Estate Holdings, have been trying to secure a new housing development to be built on the land behind it, hoping an interested party would sign on to restore the historic home to its former glory. However, nothing has been decided as of yet.

“This is the Trust’s thirteenth annual Places in Peril list,” said Mark C. McDonald, president and CEO of the Trust. “We hope the list will continue to bring preservation solutions to Georgia’s imperiled historic resources by highlighting ten representative sites.”   

Leaders of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation hope that the list will galvanize locals in each community to take an active role in saving the historic legacies at stake.

“Through Places in Peril, the Trust will encourage owners and individuals, organizations and communities to employ proven preservation tools, financial resources and partnerships in order to reclaim, restore and revitalize historic properties that are in peril,” explained McDonald.

According McDonald, “Places in Peril is designed to raise awareness about Georgia’s significant historic, archaeological and cultural resources, including buildings, structures, districts, archaeological sites and cultural landscapes that are threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy.”

The Trust is holding a public unveiling of the Places in Peril list on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m., Nov. 15 at Rhodes Hall, located at 1516 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta.

According to the press release, “Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation works for the preservation and revitalization of Georgia’s diverse historic resources and advocates their appreciation, protection and use. As one of the country’s leading statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations, the Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia’s “Places in Peril.” The Trust recognizes preservation projects and individuals with its annual Preservation Awards and awards students and young professionals with academic scholarships, the Neel Reid Prize and Liz Lyon Fellowship. The Trust offers a variety of educational programs for adults and children, provides technical assistance to property owners and historic communities, advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts, and manages two house museums in Atlanta (Rhodes Hall) and Macon (Hay House). To learn more, visit GeorgiaTrust.org.”

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