The Union Recorder

May 1, 2013

Sallie Ellis Davis House honored with preservation awards

GCSU Communications

MILLEDGEVILLE — A historic home recently restored through collaborative efforts received statewide recognition.

The Sallie Ellis Davis House was recognized for Excellence in Restoration and received the prestigious Chairman’s Award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

“The 2013 Preservation Award is a distinct honor and pleasant surprise,” said Pierre Clements, Sallie Ellis Davis Project Steering Committee member and fundraising co-chair. “This shows when a team of leaders in the community unite together toward a common vision, excellence is the result of true collaboration, partnerships and relationships.”

From 1912 to 1950, the home served as the residence of Milledgeville educator Sallie Ellis Davis. It is now a cultural center, which includes classroom space and a banquet room.

"The cultural center now serves as a light in the community as it works to preserve the educational legacy left by Sallie Ellis Davis," said Dr. Steve Dorman, president of Georgia College. "By restoring this piece of history, the community can reflect back on her contributions and continue her mission of providing education to all."

The house was named on the Georgia Trust’s 2009 Places in Peril list. Coinciding with this designation, Georgia College's announced a partnership with the Sallie Davis Foundation – comprised of a group of the educator's former students – to renovate the house and open it as a cultural center.

“We have come a long way with this project over the past four years from start to finish. At one point, this was probably considered the unimaginable project turnaround with no end in sight,” said Clements. “Today the Sallie Ellis Davis House is a beautiful preservation masterpiece the university and community can be very proud of.”

The project was made possible thanks to dedicated work and service from the Georgia College Foundation, Georgia College staff members and the Sallie Ellis Davis Foundation. Many volunteers and donors also helped make this restoration possible including the Georgia College plant operations team, Garbutt/Christman Construction and Lord, Aeck and Sargent Architecture.

The award was given at the 36th Annual Preservation Awards ceremony held at Legislative Chambers inside the Old Georgia Capitol.

The ceremony was a part of the Georgia Trust’s Spring Ramble held in Milledgeville.

More than 30 historic sites were showcased from Friday to Sunday, giving history enthusiasts the opportunity to explore antebellum homes, charming historic downtown shops and Central State Hospital.

The Georgia Trust works to preserve and revitalize the state’s diverse historic resources and advocate their appreciation, protection and use.

The Sallie Ellis Davis House is located on South Clarke Street and is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment.

For more information about the Sallie Ellis Davis House or to schedule a visit, call 478-445-5889.

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