Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Kroc Cottages

These 100 year old cottages were in considerable disrepair just a year ago when they were relocated from one part of the property acquired for the new Kroc Center to another. As you can see the cottages have been refurbished and are being used for various administrative offices.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012


The office building at 710 Broad Street has these 'fighting lion' window guards on all of the upper windows. I haven't yet found any information about them, but when I do...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Dunbar-Howard House

The historic rehabilitation of downtown Augusta's Dunbar-Howard House was completed in December. Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver joined the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Development Authority, Georgia Cities Foundation and interested citizens for the ribbon cutting of the newly rehabed former Azalea Bed & Breakfast on Thursday, January 26th. Built between 1890 and 1904, the one-time family home has been converted into 12 studio apartments. The Queen Anne Victorian has kept its gingerbread trim details, shingled roof chimneys and full-length front porch. The longest continuous occupants of this home were the Dunbar and Howard families, cotton industrialists who lived in the home in the early 1900s.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

11th and Telfair Streets

Despite being on the Endangered Properties List, the building at 1027 Telfair Street is being demolished. Built as Pontiac Master Auto Service around 1950, the building had a large curved plate glass window in the showroom so passersby could see the latest models from the street. Most recently, an auto repair business - Augusta Auto Clinic operated at this location. I wonder what's coming next.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Friends of the Augusta Library Book Shop

I've posted this photo before, but I was inspired to do so again because I recently discovered an unauthorized use of it in a presentation. That's a no no!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Boats on Tuttle

Awaiting Spring and fun times on the river.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sibley Mill 1880

Opened in 1882 and closed in 2006 when Mill's owner fell on hard economic times, the Sibley was a major textile power for more than a century. It is also an architectural wonder and a historic treasure, based on its affiliation with the Confederate Powderworks that occupied the same site during the Civil War -- and whose ruins supplied a half-million salvaged bricks used to build the Sibley.

The building is on the National Register of Historic Places by virtue of its inclusion in the Augusta Canal National Historic Landmark District.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Church Window

This stained glass window appears above the front entrance to the Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer, which is located at 557 Greene Street in Downtown Augusta.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Signers' Monument

The Signers' Monument, located in the 500 block of Greene Street in Augusta, is a 50 foot, granite obelisk dedicated on July 4, 1848 in honor of the three signers of the Declaration of Independence for Georgia - George Walton, Lyman Hall and Button Gwinnett. You'll notice the similarity with the following...

The Washington Monument, which commemorates the first president of United States, George Washington. The monument, completed in 1884, is a 555'5" obelisk made of marble, granite and sandstone. And...

L'Obélisqu de Luxor, which was given to the French in 1829 by the viceroy of Egypt, Mehemet Ali, is a 3300-year old granite monolith weighing 230 tons and 75 feet tall.

Is there an obelisk in your city or town?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Augusta Public Transit Bus Bays

I've wanted to photograph these bays for sometime, but the timing was never quite right - too many people and no place to park. I recently took advantage of the fact that the transit buses don't run on Sundays and headed off to the Augusta Public Transit Bus Depot a week ago Sunday. I find the repetition of the blue columns and pillars appealing. I hope you do too!  

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I.M. Pei Penthouse

I've posted photos of the Lamar Building as well as the I. M. Pei designed glass-capped penthouse on a number of occasions. This is a new photo was taken ten days ago. In researching this structure, I learned that it is sometimes referred to locally as "The Toaster". The Lamar penthouse was completed in 1975. The juxtaposition of this glass and metal addition against the carved sandstone building is a theme that appears to be the precursor to the Pyramid at the Louvre in Paris completed in 1989. I was surprised to learn that I.M. Pei was the architect of a total of four structures in Augusta. Since it's been a while, I'll post photos of those structures in the next few weeks.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

DeLaigle House

This stately former residence, built by Mary DeLaigle in 1873 of solid brick and now covered with yellow painted stucco, was converted for use as professional office space in 1974. The vacant building is located at the corner of Monument and Greene Streets across from the City-County government offices and is for sale.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

House on Tuttle

Can you guess what caught my eye? This house has seen better days, but someone has dressed it up with these colorful shutters. Rather appealing, don't you think?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Shadow and Light

These stairs lead to the historic Marion Hatcher Center at 519 Greene Street in Downtown Augusta. This once stately personal home now serves as the perfect venue for weddings, receptiions, parties, etc.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Citizens and Southern National Bank

Columns of the Citizens and Southern National Bank located on the corner of Broad Street and Seventh in downtown Augusta.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Love These Sconces...

I've posted these sconces on a number of occasions. I like the patina, the repetition and the style of these fixtures.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Old Freight Depot

The old Southern Railway freight depot at Fifth and Reynolds Street. Parts of the building date back to the 1850s when the site was used by the South Carolina Railroad (later merged into the Southern). The long freight section along Reynolds Street was constructed in the early 1900s. The deteriorated roof was recently replaced hopefully making it a more attractive purchase for some investor or developer.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Bus Depot Clock

I wonder whether the Augusta Public Transit buses depart the depot based on this clock? It was about two o'clock in the afternoon when I took this photo!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Downtown Museum

The Augusta Museum of History is the City's oldest historical agency devoted to the preservation and presentation  of local and regional history.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

RIP John D. Bradley

Today, we in Augusta say goodbye to Dr. John D. Bradley, most recently Director of the Augusta State University Conservatory Jazz Band. My deepest sympathy to his family, friends and students.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Marion Building Keystone

Located at 739 Broad Street in downtown Augusta, the Marion Building is a 10-story office building completed in 1920. The keystone (the central, topmost stone of an arch) image is likely of someone connected with the design or construction of this building. The building is currently vacant.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Standard Textile Factory

Located along the Augusta Canal at 1701 Goodrich Street in the historic Harrisburg community of Augusta.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Academy Steps

Steps of Academy of Richmond County opened in 1802 and closed in 1926

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

January Theme Day - Photo of the Year 2011

I selected this photo because, it garnered the most number of comments of any photo I posted during 2011. A big thank-you to my regular viewers and for the newbies - thanks for visiting, come back often and please feel free to leave a comment.

Best wishes to all for a Happy New Year!
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