Tag Archives: Georgia Art Deco Architecture

Bradley Theatre, 1940, Columbus

The Bradley opened in 1940 and showed its last first-run feature in 1977. It reopened for a time as a live entertainment venue but I ‘m not sure of its present status.

Ward’s Pharmacy, Elberton

This local landmark dates to at least the 1940s, and perhaps earlier. And, they still have a soda fountain and hand-dipped ice cream. The Art Deco storefront, once commonly seen on pharmacies and jewelry stores, is largely intact.

Elberton Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Woolworth Department Store, 1939, Augusta

In its heyday, the F. W. Woolworth Company was one of the nation’s leading retail store chains. The location of the Augusta store was one of the busiest parts of the city when built in 1939. It closed in 1991 and has been empty since.

In 1960, its lunch counter was the site of a sit-in, protesting segregation, by a group of students from Augusta’s Paine College, a historically Black institution.

Broad Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Habersham Theatre, 1937, Clarkesville

This Art Deco movie house was built in 1937; the building may date to 1920 with an earlier use and appearance. It has recently been restored and is now known as the Habersham Community Theater.

Art Deco Storefront, Lincolnton

Lincolnton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Royal Theatre, 1937, Hogansville

National Register of Historic Places

Dublin Theatre, 1934, Dublin

Dublin’s Martin Theatre has recently been restored and is part of the wonderful historic promenade that includes the Carnegie Library, Christ Episcopal Church, and the Fred Roberts Hotel. A community performance and event space now known as Theatre Dublin, it hosts numerous concerts and events throughout the year.

Dublin Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Montezuma Motor Company, Circa 1920

montezuma motors building photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

This Art Deco landmark was built for the Tom Huston Frozen Foods Company and was converted for use as the Montezuma Motor Company around 1950. It was a Ford Dealership.

Montezuma Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

President Theatre, 1935, Manchester

Originally part of the Martin group, the President Theatre was designed by Atlanta architects McKendree Tucker and Albert Howell. It was named the President, of course, for FDR’s association with the area. After many years of serving Manchester, it closed in the 1980s. It’s being completely restored and is back in business.

Fickling Lodge No. 129, 1920, Butler

butler ga historic fickling masonic lodge photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

Note the ghost sign for the City Barber Shop on the right of the building.

Butler Downtown Historic District, National Register of Historic Places