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Remnants of two historic structures in North Augusta will not be saved

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Two buildings that date back to the early 1900s will now be demolished on the site of North Augusta’s planned new public safety headquarters and court operations building.

The historic buildings on the Flythe/Seven Gables property on Georgia Avenue at Observatory Avenue were part of a hunting lo...

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  1. Historic preservation organizations have increasing difficulty attracting funds when their mainly cosmetic rules and standards conflict with modern building codes, the cost of meeting those codes, and the cost of buying and installing the period-correct building material (e.g., copper or slate roofing.) The Goodale House on Sandbar Ferry Road, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, is now an empty, weedy lot after a succession of owners did nothing to preserve it and the structure collapsed. It seems like preservation organizations take an all-or-none approach with owners, insisting on retaining and restoring the original appearance and materials, that ultimately results in the complete loss of the structure. Requiring historic homeowners to replace their leaking metal roofing with a new $25,000 metal roof, instead of a $10,000 asphalt shingle roof, may cause the owners to defer the roof replacement or move, leaving the problem for new owners who are unaware of the historic place status and its hidden costs.

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