This appears to be the oldest structure among those that survived the Flood of ’94. It may already have been abandoned when the Flint River covered the town.
This is one of just two or three surviving historic commercial structures still standing in Newton after the Flint River Flood of 1994. I believe this one is in the best condition of the survivors.
Designed by J. W. Golucke in 1900, this courthouse survived the Flint River floods of 1924, 1929, and the historic flood of 1994, during which waters nearly reached the second floor. Golucke was Georgia’s most prolific courthouse architect, but ironically died in prison in Newton in 1907, having been convicted of misappropriating funds in the construction of the very courthouse seen here. Though no longer used as a courthouse, it is now utilized by a variety of public service entities.
National Register of Historic Places