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Villa Rica Building Included On Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation list of ten Places in Peril in 2014

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

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.
 
Sites on the list include: Sowega Building in Adel (Cook County); Blackshear Prison Camp in Blackshear (Pierce County); Chauncey School in Chauncey (Dodge County); Griffin City Hall in Griffin (Spalding County); Hawkinsville Firehouse in Hawkinsville (Pulaski County); Kolb Street House in Madison (Morgan County); Church of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Sharon (Taliaferro County); Greek Revival houses of Troup County; W&A Railroad Depot in Tunnel Hill (Whitfield County); and the Connally Marchman House in Villa Rica (Carroll County).
 
Connally Marchman House, Villa Rica, Carroll County

Built in 1915 in the Neoclassical Revival style for the family of Dr. H. R. Marchman, the Connally Marchman House is a contributing structure within the North Villa Rica Residential Historic District. Joyce Connally, Dr. Marchman's granddaughter, lived in the house for many years, and during the 1970s, served as the mayor of Villa Rica. To date she remains the only female to hold that office.
 
The Connally Marchman house is still in use but suffers from lack of funding for maintenance. There has been considerable structural damage to the building, including the second floor being deemed unsafe by the fire marshal and a recent infestation of carpenter bees.
Sites that have been placed on previous years' lists have included:Stilesboro Academy in Bartow County, which received a $25,000 gift in 2013 to restore the exterior; Chattahoochee Park Pavilion in Gainesville, which was restored in 2013; Fort Daniel in Buford, which was purchased by Gwinnett County and leased to the Fort Daniel Foundation who is developing an educational outreach program; the Spencer House in Columbus, which received a $10,000 grant from the Historic Columbus Foundation and community support to finish restoring the exterior; and the Hill House at Andalusia in Milledgeville, which received a Preservation Award for Excellence in Restoration from the Trust in 2013. Updates on these sites and others can be found at www.georgiatrust.org.
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