The Griffin-Spalding Historical Society is thrilled to announce that Griffin's 2nd oldest hospital, commonly referred to as the Haisten's Building, was sold this week to buyer Justin Flynn, who plans to develop it into a creative space for local and new businesses. The property was sold through an agreement with Griffin's Land Bank Authority and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and the purchase was made public Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at the Land Bank Authority's monthly meeting. Chairman Newton Galloway publicly thanked the Griffin-Spalding Historical Society, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Land Bank Authority Board Members and Executive Director, the City of Griffin, and Home Depot for their support and leadership throughout the process of finding a buyer for the building.
Built in 1910 as Griffin’s second hospital, the building replaced an antebellum wooden house used as Griffin’s first hospital on the site of old city hall at 6th and Solomon. When the first hospital was demolished to build city hall, materials were reused to build the second hospital located on Meriwether Street, and plans were donated for the structure by architect Harlason Bleckley. At the time of construction, the building’s estimated value was $25,000, but was built for $15,000 thanks to the reuse of materials and generosity of local banks. This building served as Griffin’s Hospital and Nurse’s Dormitory until the 1930’s, when Strickland Memorial was purchased by the city from Dr. Hunt (located at 8th and West College). At that time, the Haisten’s family purchased the building and operated Haisten’s Brothers Funeral Home until the mid 1990’s. The building stood vacant for several decades, and was slated for demolition by the city in April 2015.
In 2015, the Haisten’s Building was named to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Places in Peril List, as one of the top 10 buildings to save in Georgia. http://www.georgiatrust.org/news/2015places.php
The Griffin-Spalding Historical Society and the community rallied to raise funds to stabilize the exterior through this GoFundMe campaign, collecting over $15,000 plus material donations from local businesses, which effectively stopped the proposed demolition of the building. In addition, Griffin’s Home Depot store coordinated a Team Depot work weekend, bringing over 200 volunteers from 10 different Home Depot stores to repair the exterior of the structure.
Lookout for coverage of the Haisten's Building sale in an upcoming issue of the Griffin Daily News, or attend the historical society's Rocking Chair Remembrances Historical Luncheon on Sunday, March 19th at 12:30pm to learn more about the new buyer and his proposed plans. Please email Executive Director Brittany Stikes at [email redacted] to RSVP to the luncheon.
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What is Preserve Griffin?
Preserve Griffin is the Griffin-Spalding Historical Society's fund for the stabilization and restoration of historic properties in Griffin, GA. We work with the City of Griffin/ Spalding County Governmental partners, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Land Bank Authority, Housing Authority, and preservation minded people/ buisnesses to identify ways we can effectively enable preservation, and spur others in the community to do the same.
This GoFundMe site launched the Preserve Griffin fund, which enabled stabililzation of the Haisten's Building until a buyer could be found through an agreement with the local Land Bank Authority and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. The Haisten's Building collaboration is the first of many GSHS Preserve Griffin projects that have happened over the last three years. Other projects include:
Placement of Griffin's threatened historic City Hall on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's 2014 Places in Peril list
Campaigning for the inclusion of SPLOST funding for restoration Griffin's historic City Hall and Rosenwald School (passed- both projects funded)
The aquisition and stabilization of several threatened historic homes on Griffin's Poplar Street, sold to preservation minded buyers with historic easements
Collaboration with GLO Atlanta to bring attention to historic buildings in need through movement based art
Partnership with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation through a grant sponsored by the 1772 Foundation to receive Revolving Fund training and guidance
Connection of local historic home owners interested in selling to preservation minded buyers
Learn more about the Griffin-Spalding Historical Society on our Facebook page or at http://www.griffinhistory.com.
Griffin, GA is a town ripe for economic development through the restoration of historic buildings. Located in the next town over from Pinewood Studios Atlanta, Griffin has reaped the benefits of the recent movie filming boom that south metro Atlanta has experienced. In addition, an upcoming airport expansion, new business park, and picturesque downtown make it an ideal place to live and work.
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