|Title:||Athens re-zoning petitions (Varsity corner)|
|Quantity:||0.1 Linear feet (3 folders; MS 898 to MS 900 housed together in 1 document box)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of petitions representing the efforts of the Athens Historical Society, the Society for the Preservation of Old Athens, and concerned citizens, to prevent the commercial zoning of Milledge Avenue from Broad Street north to Reese Street. There are several hundred names signed to newspaper clippings, mimeographed petition sheets and a few letters, all protesting the re-zoning of "one of the South's best architectural assets."|
The Athens Historical Society was founded in 1959 and is dedicated to preserving the history of Athens, Clarke County and the surrounding area. The Society is a non-profit organization under federal 501(c)(3) regulations. Membership in the Society offers informative quarterly meetings (third Sunday of January, March, May and October), interesting projects, newsletters and the annual volume of papers presented to the Society, the Athens Historian. Other publications issued by the Society include ten books, a map and a color video tour of 21 historic homes.
On October 14, 1959, the Society for the Preservation of Old Athens (SPOA) became the second preservation organization in Athens. During its formative years, SPOA actively advocated the preservation of the Taylor-Grady House and the Lucy Cobb Institute. When a movement by commercial interests to purchase and demolish Milledge Avenue's traditional homes became evident, SPOA led efforts to obtain protective zoning provisions for Milledge Avenue.
Arranged in chronological order.
Athens re-zoning petitions (Varsity corner). MS 899. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.