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Decatur Presbyterian Church receives statewide preservation award


Decatur Presbyterian Church receives statewide preservation award

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Decatur Presbyterian Church. Photo provided to Decaturish


By Alex Brown, contributor 

Decatur, GA – The historic Decatur Presbyterian Church has received an award for Excellence in Rehabilitation from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

Established in 1825, Decatur Presbyterian Church is a historic cornerstone of the city of Decatur and is listed as a contributing property in the Old Decatur Historic District. The historic urban site was recently transformed into an openly diverse campus for the surrounding community, with construction and remodeling taking place from 2015 to 2017.

The rehabilitation included a new circulation path with glass corridors as well as new accessible elevators, which opened the campus for the Decatur community to enjoy.

“This project also demonstrates how aging historic churches everywhere can adapt and continue to grow in the present and for the future,” wrote The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

In addition to serving as a place of worship, the Decatur Presbyterian Community often acts as an event space for the Decatur community during festivals. Part of the Decatur Presbyterian Church also notably serves as the campus for the Global Village Project, Decatur’s school for refugee girls.

Excellence in Rehabilitation awards recognize projects that make compatible use of a building through repair, alterations or additions while preserving features of the property that convey its historic value. Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country’s leading statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations. The Trust works for the preservation and revitalization of Georgia’s diverse historic resources and advocates their appreciation, protection and use.

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