Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Historic American Buildings Survey - Georgia

Historic American Buildings Survey - Georgia

The Historic American Buildings Survey was established in 1933 as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” program to provide work for architects and surveyors whose jobs were affected by the Great Depression. Their job was to survey, draw and photograph America’s historic structures from the grandest to the most humble.

In Georgia, Atlanta architect P. Thornton Marye was appointed district officer of the project. With photographer, Sandy Sanders he traveled statewide measuring and photographing the state’s architectural treasures.

The handsome hand-lettered volume of their collaboration has been reproduced online by the Georgia Tech Collection. Despite being made for utilitarian purposes, there is something hauntingly beautiful about the photographs showing the homes and public buildings in all states of repair.

The Old Medical College - Augusta

Bulloch Hall - Augusta

The Blount House - Haddock

Westover - Milledeville

Westover - Milledeville

Johnson House - Clinton-Near-Gray

Lowther Hall - Clinton-Near-Gray

Minis House - Savannah


Anonymous said...

Fantastic find! We've looked at many pictures and drawings of the HABS on line collection but this beautiful volume is so much more telling of that moment in time.

Your blog continues to be an intriguing source. Thank you for this great link to the past.

Paul Pincus said...

how incredible!

found you via hhh! terrific weblog! cheers.

porter hovey said...

WOW!! These are just amazing.

Anonymous said...

Bulloch Hall is not in Augusta. It is in historic Roswell GA.