Archive for the ‘Historic Preservation’ Category

Angela Threadgill asked me to share the following information:

Every year in May, the City of Decatur and the Decatur Preservation Commission recognizes and honors projects or individuals which promote excellence in preservation, design, sustainability, and advocacy. Categories include:

  • Historic Preservation
  • New Residential Infill
  • New commercial Construction
  • Landscapes/Public spaces
  • Public/Institutional Buildings
  • Sustainable Design/Energy Efficiency
  • Leila Ross Wilburn Award for individuals or organizations that promote preservation and/or excellence in design.

We are now accepting nominations for projects for the 2015 Decatur Design Awards. Projects must have been permitted and completed within the last 5 years and must be located in the City of Decatur. For the application requirements, please contact Angela Threadgill at angela.threadgill@decaturga.com or go here.

Deadline for nominations has been extended to 4:00 pm on Friday, May 1. Nominations must be turned in at Design, Environment, Construction, 2635 Talley St. The awards ceremony will be held in May.

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In case you missed it, Fox 5 Atlanta aired a story Friday morning about the sheep eating Japanese hops & kudzu in Decatur Cemetery. Check it out: City calls in sheep for clean up at Decatur Cemetery


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April 21-27 is Preservation Week – a week dedicated to educating the community on the importance of preserving our historic documents and objects. Preservation Week was created in 2010 to highlight the hundreds of millions of items in libraries, museums, and other institutions that are at risk of being damaged or lost due to a lack of resources for proper care.

In addition, Preservation Week highlights the importance of having an emergency plan to protect important documents in case of disaster. While protecting cultural treasures held in archives, museums, and city governments like Decatur is crucial, it is equally important to protect our personal documents and treasured photographs.

Thanks to collaboration between organizations like the Library of Congress, the Society of American Archivists, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, some great, free resources are available online to help you learn how to protect your family treasures. There are some very simple steps you can take, starting with ensuring that your family photos, albums, and other documents are located in a climate-controlled part of your house. In other words, get them out of the attic or basement, where extreme temperatures and humidity can speed up deterioration. Second, make copies, either digital or photocopies, or both. With especially fragile, older family photos or letters, it is important to minimize handling the original, so you may want to frame a copy and store the original in a polyester sleeve in an acid-free box. This is what my family has done with a 1900s photograph of my great-grandmother and her sisters. Each of us has a quality copy of the original on photo paper.

Being prepared in case of a disaster is also important. Being from New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina heightened awareness for me to the importance of being prepared in case of an evacuation. It is a good idea to institute a “go box” which contains birth certificates, social security cards, family photos and other important documents. You can put anything you want into your family’s “go box,” but vital records that are difficult to replace if your home is damaged are the most important. Certainly, there are many types of emergency events that provide little to no warning time, but having your family’s important documents ready to go is always a good idea.

For more information, check out “Quick Preservation Tips”:

The above site also offers several links to free webcasts on topics ranging from preserving family documents to how to manage your digital photographs.

This site contains phone numbers for 24 hour disaster recovery preservation hotlines, as well as links to finding a conservator and caring for documents after different types of disasters:


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lbc logoAs demolition begins at the Beacon School Complex, the City of Decatur has been working to find ways to divert materials from landfills.  Items and materials that couldn’t be used by city departments, and would have otherwise been thrown away, have been repurposed with the help of the Lifecycle Building Center (LBC).

Adam Deck, LBC Director of Operations, removing flooring from Ebster Gym.

Adam Deck, LBC Director of Operations, removing flooring from Ebster Gym.

Leading the salvage project at the Beacon School Complex was Decatur native Adam Deck, Director of Operations for LBC.   Adam grew up in Decatur and remembered playing basketball on the very gym floor he was salvaging.  The collaboration opportunity was brought to the City by resident Frank Burdette, who serves on the advisory board for LBC and has worked with the MLK Jr. Service project to weatherize homes for over 10 years.  Several volunteers also chipped in on Easter Sunday to make the project happen.

LBC started in 2011 with the goal of capturing reusable building materials from the waste stream and improving resource efficiency in the built environment.


The organization has developed partnerships with several non-profits to reuse items, but they also have a shop which is open to the public;

  • Tuesdays & Fridays, 10am-6pm
  • Saturdays, 10am-4pm.

Salvaged materials included cabinets from the Police Department break room, shelving, lockers, wooden benches, exit signs, sinks, and wood flooring from the Ebster Gym.  Staff from the non-profit organization Wonder Root also stopped by to collect materials that could be used in youth art projects.



To see more detail about the Beacon School Complex development, visit our website www.decaturga.com.

For additional information about the Lifecycle Building Center, visit http://www.lifecyclebuildingcenter.org/ or contact Adam Deck at adam@lifecyclebuildingcenter.org,  404.997.3873.

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The 3rd annual Old House Fair is happening Saturday March 19th from 9-5.  Yes, the weather outside will be beautiful, but this is your only chance this year to go to an event where you will learn about  researching your house, plaster repair, painting exterior and interiors, wood refinishing, storm windows, interior design and historic landscapes,and so much more!  We also have 40 exhibitors that specialize in services and good for historic homes.

Exhibitors and experts on old houses

Also, our guest speaker will be Dr. Richard Cloues who will be giving his wonderful lecture on “Ranch Houses: Ordinary or Iconic?”.  If you don’t love ranch houses, you will after you hear Richard.  If you own a ranch, this is must see seminar.

Tickets are on sale at the Ace Hardware at 1404 Scott Blvd for $10 through Friday.  You can also get them online at the event website.  They are $15 at the door.  Go to www.decaturoldhousefair.com for information and tickets.

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Hey All:

As most of you know, Billy and Kristin Allin’s wonderful restaurant Cakes and Ale will be relocating to the historic square.  They are working with Rosebriar Partnerships, the owners of the storefronts, to peel off the layers of bad 1960’s updates.  We’ve got pictures of what those buildings look like under the tarps.

Check out the cool tile roof!


Much of the original brick and beadboard trim is still on the facade.


I’m having trouble deciding what I am more excited about, the restoration of the buildings or the promise of a bakery with real bagels!  Either way, Decatur’s square will be changed forever and big Kudos goes to the Allins and Rosebriar Partnership for making this happen in our city!


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The Decatur Old House fair 2010 is coming on Saturday, March 6, 2010 and tickets to the event are now on sale online !  Go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/97692

 They will also be available online through the fair’s website at www.decaturoldhousefair.com
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

The Decatur Old House Fair is a day-long celebration that will feature new ideas, practical advice, innovative materials, and quality services for owners of older homes. Homeowners can attend how-to seminars and workshops on restoring old windows, creating a maintenance plan, tax credits for rehabilitation, historic landscapes, researching an old house, and much more.  The Fair will also include a large exhibit hall of professionals, retailers, and suppliers that specialize in areas like home improvement, historic preservation, and interior furnishings.

For additional info visit the website or contact Regina Brewer at regina.brewer@decaturga.com.

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