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Representatives from Fort Valley State University and J.W. Robinson Architects pose for a photo-op during the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s 36th annual Preservation Awards Ceremony held April 26. The group was awarded for FVSU’s Huntington Hall’s rehabilitation.
May 14, 2013 — Fort Valley State University’s Huntington Hall received an award for Excellence in Rehabilitation from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation at its 36thannual Preservation Awards ceremony held April 26 in Milledgeville, Ga. Excellence in Rehabilitation awards recognize projects that make compatible use of a building through repair, alterations or additions while preserving features of the property that convey its historic value. Constructed in 1908 as a boys’ dormitory, Huntington Hall is the second-oldest building on the FVSU’s campus. In 2006, $1 million in federal and state grants spurred the building’s rehabilitation, which had been vacant since 1989. On March 7, 2012, elected officials, city residents, university administrators, alumni and supporters assembled for the Huntington Hall Ribbon Cutting and Donor Appreciation ceremony. The building is home to the offices of the president and external affairs.
FVSU enlisted the design services of J.W. Robinson Architects, longtime advocates of the preservation of African-American heritage sites. After studying the building’s historical significance, structural integrity and environmental hazards, Huntington Hall was stabilized. Its exterior features were repaired, and masonry elements were repointed. Additionally, Huntington Hall’s interior was completely rehabilitated, creating space for offices, meeting rooms and an art gallery. For more than 35 years, the Trust has recognized preservation projects and individuals in the state who have made significant contributions to the field of historic preservation. Awards are presented on the basis of the individual’s or project’s community or statewide contributions, and on compliance to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. This year, the Trust presented 12 Excellence in Rehabilitation awards. Celebrating 40 years, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country’s largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations. The organization is committed to preserving and enhancing Georgia’s communities and their diverse historic resources for educational purposes. The program 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.” To learn more about The Georgia Trust and the Preservation Awards, visit www.georgiatrust.org.
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