The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation has placed 229 Auburn Ave. on its 2023 list of 10 Places in Peril.

Located in the Sweet Auburn National Landmark District, the historic building has been home to several African American businesses during the 20th Century, including a branch office of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company.

According to the Georgia Trust, 229 Auburn has been vacant for years and was identified by a National Park Service study as the most imperiled building in the Sweet Auburn District.

Local and state advocates have worked to secure a commitment to preserve the structure. “While owners and developers are in the planning process, the rehabilitation and sensible reuse of 229 Auburn is vital to the long-term preservation of this district to maintain its national significance,” the Georgia Trust said in a statement about the building.

Also on the 2023 list: Beulah Grove Lodge and School in Douglasville (Douglas County); Chickamauga Masonic Lodge No. 221 in Chickamauga (Walker County); Dasher High School in Valdosta (Lowndes County); Dudley Motel, Cafe and Service Station in Dublin (Laurens County); Lee’s Mill Ruins on the Flint River in Forest Park (Clayton County); McConnell-Chadwick House in Milton (Fulton County); Old Campbell County Courthouse in Fairburn (Fulton County); Wilkes County Training School in Washington (Wilkes County); and the Yates House in Ringgold (Catoosa County).

“This is the Trust’s eighteenth annual Places in Peril list,” said Mark C. McDonald, president and CEO of the Trust. “We hope the list will continue to bring preservation solutions to Georgia’s imperiled historic resources by highlighting ten representative sites.”

See the full list, photos, and details of this year’s Places in Peril at this link.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.