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Augusta Historic Preservation Commission tries to save Telfair Street building

The city of Augusta wants to tear down this building at 527 Telfair St. (Source: Augusta Historic Preservation Commission) The city of Augusta wants to tear down this building at 527 Telfair St. (Source: Augusta Historic Preservation Commission)
The city of Augusta plans to build this new IT center at 527 Telfair St. (Source: AHPC) The city of Augusta plans to build this new IT center at 527 Telfair St. (Source: AHPC)
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

The city of Augusta is planning to demolish an antebellum courthouse annex in downtown Augusta to build a new Augusta Information Technology building.

The Augusta Historic Preservation Commission is against the project, and is inviting the public to attend its meetings Thursday to oppose the demolition.

The building the city wants to demolish, located at 527 Telfair St., was originally the Congregation Children of Israel Synagogue, a Greek Revival temple built in 1870, according to the AHPC. The structure is part of the Augusta Downtown Historic District.

Members of the AHPC say that the proposed design for the new building fails to meet design guidelines for the Downtown Historic District.

The commission recommends saving the main building at 527 Telfair St. and tearing down newer additions. The commission is also urging the city to redesign the exterior of the new building using materials and styles appropriate to the Downtown Historic District.

Two meetings will be held Thursday at the Downtown Public Library at 823 Telfair St.: a work session of the AHPC at 4:30 p.m. and a regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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