Georgia Trust Preservation Awards

Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Presents Preservation Awards

Macon, Ga. April 12, 2019— For more than 40 years, the Georgia Trust has recognized preservation projects and individuals throughout Georgia who have made significant contributions to the field of historic preservation. The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation recently presented 29 awards recognizing the best of preservation in Georgia during its 42nd annual Preservation Awards ceremony in Thomasville, including two local awards for Mill Hill Community Arts Center and the Grand Opera House.

Excellence in Rehabilitation winners were: Kehoe Iron Works, Savannah; New Albany Hotel, Albany; Hotel Clermont, Atlanta; Sibley Mill Cotton Warehouse Building 4, Augusta; Zachariah Daniel House, Augusta; Sperry & Hutchinson Warehouse, East Point; Leesburg Train Depot, Leesburg; Mill Hill Community Arts Center, Macon; T.J. Ware House, Macon; Williams Manufacturing Company, Macon; Old Livery Stable, Madison; Empire Mills, Madison; Phi Gamma Hall at Oxford College at Emory, Oxford; Henry Ford Bakery, Richmond Hill; 12 West Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah; Historic Thomasville Post Office, Thomasville; H.H. Tift Building & Agricultural Research Building at the Tifton Campus of the University of Georgia, Tifton; and the Coleman Talley Offices, Valdosta.

Excellence in Preservation winners were Manuel’s Tavern, Atlanta; Sweetwater State Park Mill Ruins, Lithia Springs; Grand Opera House, Macon; and the McIntosh House at Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville.

 “This year’s winners represent a tremendous dedication to restoring and revitalizing Georgia’s historic buildings and communities,” said Mark C. McDonald, president of The Georgia Trust. “We are proud to honor such deserving projects and individuals.”

About Mill Hill Community Arts Center

The Mill Hill Community Arts Center was built in 1920 by the Bibb Manufacturing Company as a gathering and performance space for employees living in the mill village. The building enjoyed activity for 40 years until the closure of the mill in the 1970s. The property was in danger of demolition by neglect when the Macon Arts Alliance stepped up to save the building by raising the funds for rehabilitation. During the two-year project, interior features of the craftsman style auditorium were restored, including an original coffered ceiling uncovered during the project. The building now serves as a pillar of the arts community and serves as the centerpiece of the East Macon Arts Village.

2019 Award: 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.

The Mill Hill Community Arts Center (MHCAC) is an historic 1920’s gathering space that has been transformed into a contemporary version of the original Bibb Mill Auditorium.  Serving as the centerpiece of the Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village, the 7,000 sq.ft. facility has undergone a $1.6 million restoration highlighting original architectural elements and features state of the art sound, lighting, and video capabilities. The facility is managed by Macon Arts Alliance.

About Grand Opera House

Originally constructed in 1884 as the Academy of Music, the Grand Opera House was renovated into its present-day appearance in 1905. The most recent rehabilitation to the Grand Opera House was completed in three phases, which involved updating The Grand’s stage, new seating throughout the entire main level and second-floor balcony, relocating all main floor administrative offices to the unused basement, expansion of the lobby and restrooms, and new, period-appropriate carpet and floor finishes.  The third and final work phase, completed in 2018, was funded by a $5 million allocation of Macon-Bibb County SPLOST funds. Thanks to the support of Macon-Bibb County and the stewardship of Mercer University, this theatre remains a centerpiece for performing arts in Macon.

2019 Award: Awards for Excellence in Preservation recognize the appropriate preservation of historic resources and creative interpretations of historic sites.

About Georgia Trust

The Georgia 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).


A Bird’s Eye View of Georgia Courthouses

Macon Arts Gallery is proud to present our August show, “A Bird’s Eye View of Georgia Courthouses”, by Hertwig Photography. The show will open with a First Friday reception on August 6th, from 4 -7 pm.Curtis Hertwig is a 5th generation Maconite, although he was born in Dalton and moved around a good bit while growing up. At 15 he took over his father’s Leica bellows 35mm camera and started shooting with Tri-X Pan. After a while his father wanted his camera back and bribed Curtis with an Olympus 35RC rangefinder camera and a black & white dark room.Fast forward 50 years and Curtis is still taking pictures, but with DSLRs and drones and using his laptop as a color dark room. He has been around the world a number of times in
search of more and more pictures.

Drawn to Macon IV

Drawn to Macon IV highlights the diverse approaches and concepts that expand the traditional definition of drawing. Work was juried by Kristy Edwards, Curator of Art at MAS Macon, in a national call for art. The show will open with a First Friday opening reception on June 4th, from 4 – 7 pm and a Facebook Live preview at 4 pm.

View work online at macon

Handmade Holiday

Macon Arts Gallery is proud to have their annual holiday show in November through December 2020. Ornaments, small gifts, and holiday decor are just a few of the types of items in the show. The show will open November 6th with a Facebook Live preview at 4pm. Limited visitors will be allowed inside the gallery from 4-7pm to view work. Shop online at


July 9th-31st

Immerse yourself in nature, and the various interpretations of the word. Nature will open with a virtual opening reception on July 9th at 4pm, located on our Facebook page. The show can be viewed and purchased in person, or through our online store:

Macon Arts Alliance cares about the health and safety of our employees, artists, and patrons. We are following CDC and
government guidelines regarding cleaning and physical distancing . Gloves and hand sanitizer will be available, and we are encouraging the use of masks.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm

Made in Americus

Macon Arts Gallery presents Made in Americus featuring original works by
Georgia Southwestern State University, Department of Visual Arts Faculty.

Participating Artists:
Laurel Robinson
Charles Wells
Keaton Wynn,
Justin Hodges

First Friday Reception on January 3 from 5-8 PM with light refreshments sponsored by Spa medical, Vein Specialists of the South and Rosenberg Financial. Free and open to the public.