Foundation to Consolidation

Foundation to Consolidation (HMWYS)

Location: Madison, GA 30650 Morgan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 35.517', W 83° 28.267'

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Empowered in 1894 to establish public schools, the City of Madison initiated construction of two graded schools, a contrast to one-room schoolhouses typical of rural areas. Nicholas Ittner of Atlanta built the brick graded school for white students - S. Main Street School, a Romanesque Revival design by Tinsley & Wilson of Lynchburg, Virginia.

Madison High School (1921, burned 1947) was added at the rear right facing Main followed by the Gymnasium (1938). With consolidation of city and county school systems in 1948, high school classes were relocated to the Madison A&M campus and, by 1957, the building was deemed surplus.

Abandonment and threatened demolition led the Morgan County Foundation, Inc., to organize and repurpose the building to serve as Regional Library Headquarters until 1975. With diligence and vision, the foundation restored the exterior as well as the magnificent auditorium and adapted the interior for a regional performing, visual, and decorative arts museum-opened in 1976 as the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center.
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HM NumberHMWYS
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Year Placed2011
Placed ByCity of Madison, Madison BiCentennial Commission 1809-2009
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 11:26am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 270684 N 3719650
Decimal Degrees33.59195000, -83.47111667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 35.517', W 83° 28.267'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 35' 31.02" N, 83° 28' 16.02" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 354-398 Johnson St, Madison GA 30650, US
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