John Nelson Deming House, 1898, Valdosta

In their 2020 Places in Peril designation of this house, also known as the Deming-McDonald House, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation notes: In the latter half of the nineteenth century, carpenter John Deming moved from Canada to Georgia, where he would establish himself as the preeminent master builder in the rapidly growing city of Valdosta. Deming was responsible for many of the city’s most ornate and imposing houses constructed between the late 1800s until the 1920s, most notable among them The Crescent, completed in 1899 for Colonel W. S. West, who later became a U.S. senator. Deming built his own two-story, eclectically styled home on a corner of North Oak Street in 1898 using leftover materials donated by Col. West from his own soon-to-be-completed property.

The Trust goes on to point out that the house has been unoccupied for a long time and that it is deteriorating rapidly. Without intervention, it will likely be condemned at some point, opening the door for commercial development of the property.

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