Georgia Statewide Historic Preservation Conference 2023

September 13 - 15, 2023

Augusta, GA

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The Historic Preservation Division and Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation invite you to join us for the 2023 Georgia Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in Augusta on September 13-15! 


official Conference program

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Welcome Reception - Wednesday, Sep 13 5:00 - 6:30pm, Springfield Village Park, 1211 Jones St, Augusta, GA 30901

There is a public parking deck across the street – Nathan Deal Campus Parking for a small fee. We are not able to provide validated parking. Please note the deck is cashless, but accepts all major credit cards.

Main Conference Sessions - Thursday, Sep 14 9am-5pm & Friday, Sep 15, 9:45am-1:15pm; Marion Hatcher Center and 2KM Architects Chapel, 519 Greene St, Augusta, GA 30901

Please park in the Marion Hatcher center parking lots. DO NOT PARK IN THE 2KM ARCHITECTS LOT. See map below. The two venues are next door to each other and can easily be walked between (less than 1 minute walk). 


Opening Reception - Thursday, Sep 14 5:30-7:00pm; Old Government House 432 Telfair St, Augusta, GA 30901

Street parking is available along Telfair Street.

GAPC Breakfast and Annual Meeting - Friday, Sep 15 8:30-9:15am; Joseph Rucker Lamar Boyhood Home 415 7th St, Augusta, GA 30901

It’s a short walk from the Marion Hatcher Center (7 minutes), so if you’d like to park and walk over, we encourage that. There is a small parking lot available at the site, as well as parking along Telfair St

Registration and Check-in

Online registrants can stop by the registration tables to check-in and pick up their badge and program. For people looking to register onsite, please visit the registration tables at the beginning of the day of your arrival. Please note that onsite registration has an increased fee.


Sign-in sheets will be available in each session. Please be sure to sign in if you are looking to receive training credit.


All tour options are FULL. If you are on a tour list, you received an email on September 11 with instructions - please check your spam if you cannot find it in your inbox. The waitlists have been closed and cleared at this time.


We are excited to announce our keynote speaker, Sehila Mota Casper.

Sehila Mota Casper is the inaugural Executive Director for Latinos in Heritage Conservation, where she works to ensure that the preservation field is inclusive, equitable, and rooted in communities. She previously worked as a senior field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the City of Austin, where she has championed systemic transformations and a just preservation movement. 

Over the past decade, she has organized national Latinx preservation conferences, led efforts to save National Treasure campaigns, such as the LULAC Council 60 Clubhouse and Rio Vista Farm, the first U.S. Bracero Reception and Processing Center. She serves on the board of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites, Preservation Texas, Texas Dance Hall Preservation, the State Board of Review, and the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission. Sehila is the recipient of the 2014 National Trust for Historic Preservation Mildred Colodny Diversity scholarship and a 2013 Texas Historical Commission Preservation Scholar. Sehila is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University Department of Visual Arts and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design. 



The next Georgia National Register Review Board Meeting will be held on November 3, 2023 beginning at 10:00 am. Information can be found here

For further information contact Donald Rooney, National Register Specialist at


Properties Recently Listed on the Georgia Register of Historic Places

Augusta Warehouse and Compress Company; Augusta, Richmond County
Buildings at 523-529 Stewart Avenue; Atlanta, Fulton County
Capitol View Apartments; Atlanta, Fulton County
Norris Hotel; Statesboro, Bulloch County

Historic Preservation, Section 106 and Affordable Housing

By: Mary Ann Hawthorne, Environmental Review Historian


If you listen to, watch, or read the news today in almost any large metropolitan area in the United States, you will undoubtedly hear or see stories commenting on the decline in availability of and/or lack of affordable housing.  While affordable housing shortages and crises in large cities and metropolitan areas are often in the headlines, the issue reaches into the suburbs and rural areas, alike. As noted in a 2002 report, Historic Preservation and Affordable Housing: The Missed Connection by prominent preservation economist Donovan Rypkema, the crisis in affordable housing impacts renters, homeowners, and prospective homeowners, affecting a wide cross-section of Americans.

The Environmental Review team at the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) reviews projects every year that are associated with various types of affordable housing in communities statewide ranging from new construction to rehabilitation or adaptive reuse of historic buildings.  The Environmental Review team most often reviews these projects under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966 due to federal agency involvement. Section 106, as it is commonly known, is the provision in NHPA that requires federal agencies to consider how the projects they undertake, permit, approve, license, or fund can affect historic properties, both above and below ground.   

Many communities leverage U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs to provide affordable housing opportunities. In 2022 and 2023, the Environmental Review team reviewed over 100 new construction projects utilizing various HUD programs in Bibb, Catoosa, Fulton, Glynn, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Laurens, Muscogee, Newton, Sumter, Tattnall, and Walton Counties, among others.  While constructing new single and multi-family housing is one way to increase affordable housing options, it is clear from studies and news reports that the demand for affordable housing outpaces the available supply of housing, not just here in Georgia, but nationwide. Additionally, the cost of new construction often causes increased pricing and moves the new construction out of the reach of those most in need.

If new construction is not the answer to the affordable housing crisis in Georgia, , what other viable tools are available to communities to meet these challenges? A common saying in the historic preservation community is that “the best historic building is one that is being used.” Preserving our historic neighborhoods is another tool that can be put to good use to address the need for more affordable housing

“Historic” as a classification requires a building or a neighborhood to be more than 50 years old, thus in 2023 buildings and neighborhoods built in 1973 or before are considered historic.  Many older neighborhoods already meet many of the needs of modern Georgians:  proximity to work, access to public transportation, schools, and a variety of shopping opportunities. The HPD sees many examples of older neighborhoods and housing stock being reused for modern needs. In 2022 and 2023, the Environmental Review team reviewed over 450 rehabilitation projects, many involving historic housing, utilizing a variety to HUD programs in Baldwin, Ben Hill, Bleckley, Camden, Chatham, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Dougherty, Floyd, Fulton, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Lowndes, McDuffie, Muscogee, Richmond, Troup, Ware, and Whitfield Counties, among others. 

One notable example of a successful housing rehabilitation project is the rehabilitation of the Capitol View Apartments in Atlanta. The Capitol View Apartments were constructed in 1947 using funds from the Federal Housing Administration’s Veterans’ Emergency Housing program, and when opened, were home to veterans and their families. For decades, the complex served as affordable housing for low-income renters without a significant, property-wide rehabilitation since construction.  The property was purchased in 2018 and with construction financing secured in 2020, a major rehabilitation project leveraging HUD program funding along with state and national historic preservation tax credits and low income housing tax credits, began. By the summer of 2021, all ten of the historic apartment buildings had been rehabilitated and met the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.   The Capitol View Apartments are now open to renters and are located in a historic neighborhood where the coveted proximity to work, transportation options, and shopping can be enjoyed by the residents. The property was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2023.

New construction and rehabilitation of existing buildings, however, may not be the full answer to the affordable housing question. There are many tools a community can use to address this issue and historic preservation plays an important role in that strategy.  Mr. Rypkema, in his 2002 report, suggests that creating more local historic districts and giving priority to older and historic neighborhoods for infrastructure, educational, and recreational facility improvements can be options for local communities to explore.   While communities throughout Georgia continue to seek creative solutions to their housing crisis, the Environmental Review team at HPD supports communities utilizing federal agency programs to meet those challenges through the Section 106 review process.

This week we are excited to bring you updates from the future preservationists of Georgia! Graduate students in Historic Preservation and related fields have accomplished a lot this academic year and have contributed to interesting projects across the state and the country! Many are also participating in internships in the preservation field this summer. These students and recent graduates bring so much to the table with their experiences and perspectives. We look forward to seeing what they do in preservation in Georgia and the wider world in the years to come. Read more below about updates provided by four programs across Georgia.

Preservation academic programs in Georgia

Graduate-level preservation degree programs are offered at Georgia State University, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the University of Georgia. SCAD offers an undergraduate BFA in Preservation Design as well. Preservation-focused courses are offered at Kennesaw State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Southern University, Savannah Technical College, and the University of West Georgia.


Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture melds the study of historic structures and sites with preservation technology and sustainability. Within Georgia Tech, the historic preservation initiatives led by Associate Professor Danielle Willkens were awarded seed grants related to documentation and sustainable tourism projects for the Penn Center on St. Helena Island, SC and Petra, Jordan. Federal grants are underway for the following projects:

  • “Archival Layers and Public Interpretation for Heritage BIM: Two Atlanta Case Studies” (NCPPT)
  • "Digitally Decoding Vernacular Construction: Sellman Tenant House” in Maryland (NCPPT and Smithsonian Institute)
  • Emergency stabilization of the English Avenue Elementary School in Atlanta (Atlanta Preservation Center, National Park Service African American Civil Rights Grant)

This fall, six students from programs across the College of Design participated in the poster session for the Georgia Statewide Historic Preservation Conference.

The interdisciplinary spring seminar, Race, Space, and Architecture in the United States, references the projects and methodologies of architects and architectural historians as well as ten other fields including ethnographers, sociologists, and technicians. The course covers topics across the U.S., yet the focus is decidedly on the American South, with a close lens on Atlanta. The course is affiliated with Georgia Tech’s Serve Learn Sustain initiative examines intersectionalities between race, ability, gender, and sexual orientation to further explore complexities in policy and practice within the built environment. Working collaboratively to honor erased histories, the course contributes to Atlanta’s documentary record for preservation advocacy and public outreach. This year, students have been working in team to document and visually interpret three sites in Atlanta (Power Plant at the Fulton Bag & Cotton Mill, English Avenue Elementary School, and Westview Cemetery) as well as a condition assessment and HABS set for the First Congregational Church in Marion, AL. 

Two PhD students focusing on HBIM and the use of aerial documentation for deficiency detection in historic structures, Junshan Liu and Botao Li, have been actively presenting and publishing their work, with an upcoming workshop in The Netherlands and conference papers at CIPA Florence. 


Sandra Hall, Madelyn Livingston, Michelle Bard, Hannah Brecker, Alicia Guzman, Ieshia Hall, Brendan Harris, Darlene Hawksley, Joachim Hillier, William Hodge, Paige Jennings, David Moore, Katherine Rambler, and Rachel Staley were awarded 3rd place in the HABS Peterson Prize contest which recognizes the best student architectural documentation drawings of historic buildings. Their set of drawings for the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro, GA are now a permanent part of the HABS collection stored in the Library of Congress. They accepted their award at the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) conference held in Detroit.  

Amy Durrell, Rural Schools in Putnam County: 1938-1949, and Michelle Bard, Documenting the Burns Cottage, presented academic posters at the 2022 GA Statewide Historic Preservation Conference.  

Michelle Bard presented her poster featuring architectural drawings of the historic Burns Cottage at the 2023 National Council for Public History conference. Her Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) submission, HABS GA 2449, is now part of the permanent collection housed at the Library of Congress 

Lauren Reeves is working with the Historic Macon Foundation to develop recommendations for interpreting Oak Ridge Cemetery. Oak Ridge was designated as a burial ground in 1851 for the enslaved. 

Natasha Washington and Ricky Yates are surveying a historic Gullah cemetery on Daufuskie Island, SC. The project is supported with funding from the National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund 

Eric Menninger is working with Thomasville Landmarks to create a historic structure report of a historic shotgun house in Thomasville, GA 

*HPD note: Natasha Washington has also been interning with the Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network (GAAHPN) at the HPD! Additionally, the HPD welcomed Michelle Bard to the staff as an Environmental Review Historian in 2022. Paige Jennings has served as our fantastic CLG Coordinator since 2020.


The following is a list of the graduating students from the MFA, MA, and BFA Preservation Design programs. Congratulations Graduates!

  • Jennifer Howell, MFA in Preservation Design, Thesis: Trauma-Informed Design in Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings: Builds Community and Stability
  • Olivia Arfuso, MA in Preservation Design, Capstone: Tainted by Trauma. Investigating the Impacts of America’s Turbulent History with Mental Health and Determining How the “Difficult Heritage” Ideology Can Be Implemented to Preserve Asylum Architecture.
  • Savannah Kruzner, MA in Preservation Design, Capstone: Living Heritage at The Southern Pine Company. Explores how a community’s living heritage can be incorporated in the design of an adaptive reuse project. 
  • Melanie Schuster, MA in Preservation Design, Capstone: Protecting our Historic Resources:  An Exploration of Demolition by Neglect in State Parks. 
  • James Dillman, BFA in Preservation Design, Capstone: Malls and Rehabilitation 

Association for Preservation Technology International, Student Scholar, Emily Schripsema, Presentation: Looking to Our Recent Past to Inform Our Near Future: Applying Preservation Strategies to Late 20th Century Shopping Malls.

The following students will be participating in summer internships:

  • Savannah Mae Tuten - Historic Savannah Foundation
  • Nathan Barnett - Chautauqua Foundation 
  • Jackie Boling - Tybee Island Historic Preservation and Tybee Island Main Street
  • Zheng He - ForDoz Pharma Corporation 
  • Daniela Salume - Carolyn Coppola Preservation 


Students enrolled in the University of Georgia’s Master of Historic Preservation program will be entering internships this summer around the state and country, on sites ranging from Mount Rainier to Natchez and from the Channel Islands in California to Cumberland Island off the Georgia Coast. Current students are doing original research on a wide range of preservation topics, including vernacular skate board parks; parking garages; and little-studied architects in Macon and Pittsburgh.

Two examples of ongoing work by MHP students:

Megan McPherson presented a poster based on her thesis at the National Council on Public History annual meeting. Her thesis explored the history and current cultural landscape of Georgia’s first African American state park. 

Elizabeth Jones has led community engagement efforts surrounding the preservation of Zion Hill cemetery in Monroe, Ga. This formerly abandoned yet nationally significant cemetery is the burial site for the victims of the Moore’s Ford lynching. Under Jones’ guidance, ground penetrating radar has mapped the cemetery boundaries and likely burial locations of those interred. She has led community-wide cleanup efforts and the installation of new burial markers. Her work was recently featured in the award-winning documentary Unspoken

As part of their “State-of-the-State Historic Tax Credit” program, The National Trust for Historic Preservation has published a resource guide, webinar, and interactive tools that succinctly present program details for state historic tax credit programs across the country, along with tangible benefits the programs provide. By comparing program features nationwide, these new tools give policy makers, stakeholders, and advocates access to a breadth of options to develop and strengthen state historic tax credit incentives.

The Georgia HPD contributed program information and examples of successful tax incentive projects in the state, particularly examples of resource conservation and positive impacts on affordable housing supply. Legislation establishing the State Income Tax Credit for Rehabilitated Properties was enacted in March 2002, with initial applications eligibility beginning in January 2004. Since then, Georgia has been a national leader in the use of tax incentives for the rehabilitation of historic properties, both residential and commercial.  

Watch the Webinar:

Check out the Resource Guide and Data Center:

For more information about the Tax Incentives for Rehabilitated Properties, please visit our website and check out our annual report !

The Georgia Historic Preservation Division is updating the Georgia Statewide Historic Preservation Plan and we need to hear from you!

Use this link to complete the survey:

Survey closes August 15, 2021

Help us continue to preserve Georgia's historic places!

As part of the Department of Community Affairs, the Historic Preservation Division announced the addition of four new properties to the National Register of Historic Places. The achievement now brings the number of Georgia National Register Listing to eight in 2021. 

With the National Register providing formal recognition of a property’s architectural, historical, or archaeological significance, properties will be considered in the planning of state or federally assisted projects. By showcasing the National Register Listing, HPD hopes to encourage the preservation of historic properties through public awareness, federal and state tax incentives, and grants.  

The four properties are located in Chatham, Effingham, Fulton, and Upson County with each representing a historical significance of its town.  

  • Curry-Miller-Byrd Cottage, Chatham County: The now one-story cottage stands as a boarding house that once catered to Tybee Island’s growing demand for casual alternatives to the island’s higher-end hotels. It can be found with its original boarding-house floor plan intact and with only minimal alterations. 

  • Springfield Historic District, Effingham County: Centered in the city’s original 1821 gridded street plan, commercial and residential building type as well as architectural styles commonly found from the late 19th century can be seen. A historic county courthouse, monument, and two parks can also be found in the district.  

  • Methodist Cemetery, Fulton County: The historic property represents one of the oldest intact cemeteries in Roswell. The land on which the cemetery resides was once part of the Hickory Log District in the Cherokee Nation.

  • Silvertown Historic District, Upson County: Silvertown developed as part of the Martha Mills Division of the B.F. Goodrich Tire and Rubber Company beginning in the 1920s. It encompasses around 407-acres of recreational, commercial, industrial, and residential resources.  

HPD’s programs include environmental review, grants, historic resource surveys, tax incentives, the National Register of Historic Places, community planning and technical assistance. To learn more about HPD and its mission to promote the preservation and use of historic places for a better Georgia, visit  

About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs: 

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions, and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate-income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information,

Notice of Intent to Adopt revised Rules for the Georgia State Income Tax Credit for Rehabilitated Historic Property Program, Historic Preservation Division, Department of Community Affairs.

Pursuant to the Requirements of the Georgia Administrative Procedures Act, as amended, attached are the revised Rules for the Historic Preservation Division's State Income Tax Credit for Rehabilitated Historic Property Program. Also attached are a Notice of Intent form and a Summary of the proposed program rule amendments.

Please note that a public hearing will be held virtually on July 26, 2022 at 11:30 AM. The link to this public hearing is below.

Please note the Department of Community Affairs intends to act on the proposed rules at its meeting at 10:30 AM on August 10, 2022 which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia.


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The development and implementation of a comprehensive statewide historic preservation plan is one of the responsibilities of each State Historic Preservation Office, as outlined in the National Historic Preservation Act. The Plan includes information about trends in Georgia and how they may affect historic properties; mission, vision and goals for historic preservation; information about Georgia's historic and archaeological resources, and about the statewide preservation planning process.

The Georgia Historic Preservation Division has updated the Statewide Historic Preservation Plan (SHPP) as required every five years by the National Park Service. The 2022-2026 plan guides our work through 2026 and provides a common direction for all organizations and individuals who support the preservation of Georgia's historic places.  The plan can be found here: