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Historic Columbus Foundation
Major Highlights and Accomplishments
With HCF support, a locally designated historic district, High Uptown, was established. In 2001 six new historic districts (Dinglewood, Wynn's Hill–Overlook, Peacock Woods–Dimon Circle, Hillcrest–Wildwood Circle, Wynnton Village, and Liberty Heritage) were given local designation by the city council; for all six HCF was a strong partner and advocate. The Rankin House, in High Uptown, has
HCF assisted with the establishment of the Chattahoochee Promenade, an outdoor history museum. The Seventh Street Project, a neighborhood revitalization effort, has been a public/private partnership through which HCF has saved and moved six endangered structures. This project continues with the purchase by HCF of numerous homes in the area for restoration and resale. Five endangered National Register properties were saved with Historic Columbus advocacy efforts in the Second Avenue Revitalization Project.
Threatened properties throughout Columbus are purchased for stabilization, resale, or restoration through HCF's revolving/redevelopment fund. Since 1966 HCF has revolved more than seventy structures and properties through this fund. Interest-free facade loans are made available for home improvement in Columbus's ten historic districts.
HCF was a partner in building Heritage Park,
HCF has sponsored a variety of activities, including Heritage Tours for visitors, schoolchildren, and local residents; the Heritage Ball; weekend and day trips to historic sites; educational programs and seminars that feature noted preservationists and historians; and social functions for the forty-and-under group known as the Young Preservationists. It also sponsors Columbus's largest annual festival, Riverfest Weekend, which attracts thousands of people to the Chattahoochee riverfront each spring.
Operating and administrative expenses for the foundation are obtained from membership dues and donations. Annual fundraisers provide monies for community preservation projects. HCF was also a $1 million beneficiary of the Columbus Challenge Campaign of the Community Projects Foundation, Incorporated.
Roger Harris, Our Town: An Introduction to the History of Columbus, Georgia ([Columbus, Ga.]: Historic Columbus Foundation, 1992).
F. Clason Kyle, Images: A Pictorial History of Columbus, Georgia (Norfolk, Va.: Donning, 1986).
Marilyn Laufer, Architectural Styles of Our Town, Columbus, Georgia (Columbus, Ga.: Historic Columbus Foundation, 1996).
Virginia T. Peebles, Historic Columbus Foundation
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