Special “unboarding” ceremony held for historic home in Macon’s Beall’s Hill neighborhood

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A special “unboarding” ceremony of a renovated house in Macon’s Beall’s Hill neighborhood was held Tuesday morning.

The Design House, located at 1388 Calhoun Street, had been undergoing repairs since June of last year when Historic Macon acquired the property after years of neglect.

“This house was built in the 1880’s,” said Susannah Maddux, a representative of Historic Macon. “And it was in a state of disaster, until last summer.”

Maddux, who is also a co-chair of Historic Macon’s Design, Wine & Dine fundraising event, said it was thought the house was irreparable, “… but thanks to funds from the Knight Foundation, and from the city, and from Historic Macon, the house has now been revitalized.”

Designers from all over Middle Georgia were asked to come in and design specific rooms of the house, which will be available for tours before being sold as a residence.

Maddux believes that the preservation of older historic neighborhoods, such as the Beall’s Hill area near Mercer University, is a vital component in growing a city.

“It is one of Macon’s oldest neighborhoods,” Maddux said. “And it’s incredibly important that we do all that we can within the urban core to revitalize block by block, street by street, house by house.”

“It takes a village to continue to foster growth in our Macon,” she added.

Historic Macon’s Design, Wine, & Dine fundraising week, which begins June 23rd and lasts until the 30th, will hold special events throughout the city during that span.

You can visit www.historicmacon.org for more information.