Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation announces fundraising campaign to restore Rhodes Hall

ATLANTA — The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation on Tuesday announced a $1.7 million fundraising campaign to fund the green rehabilitation and restoration of Rhodes Hall.

The organization has already secured over $1.6 million in grants and pledges

Rhodes Hall has been the headquarters for the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation for more than 30 years. One of the last remaining mansions that once lined Peachtree Street, Rhodes Hall was built in 1904 for Rhodes Furniture Company founder Amos Giles Rhodes.

The Trust plans to implement a sustainable rehabilitation of Rhodes Hall which will feature energy efficient, state-of-the-art HVAC and insulation systems and many other innovations. The group says the rehabilitation “will be achieved alongside a sensitive historic restoration, providing a modern model for the stewardship of historic buildings.”

The Georgia Trust recently completed the first stage of Rhodes Hall’s “greening” by installing more efficient HVAC and insulation systems.

Before restoration work began, leaks in Rhodes Hall’s extensive roof were damaging the porch and porte cochere ceilings. Roof repairs are now 95 percent complete. Porch ceiling repairs are now underway. Decorative pressed tin panels have been removed and taken off site where they will be sanded, repainted and reinstalled once the porch roof work is finished.

Future plans include restoring Rhodes Hall’s 111 historic windows; repairing exterior wood trim and granite; implementing a Grounds Use and Maintenance Plan that considers sustainability, Rhodes Hall’s historic landscape plan and the functional needs of the facility; and upgrading bathrooms, catering kitchen, sleeping porch and work stations.

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