I’m Joseph McGill, the National Trust’s project manager for the Sweet Auburn Historic District. I’ll be providing frequent updates as we work with the Historic District Development Corporation, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Atlanta Preservation Center, and others to save the historic commercial district of Sweet Auburn.
Joining David Brown, executive vice president and chief preservation officer of the National Trust, on Auburn Avenue on June 6 for the official announcement of the 2012 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places was a true testament of the need to preserve Sweet Auburn’s place in history. A subsequent meeting with stakeholders reinforced the grassroots support and urgency necessary to revitalize this historically-significant commercial district with its integrity intact.
Over the years, the National Trust's involvement has proven successful in Sweet Auburn. Local preservationists leveraged a 1992 listing as an endangered historic place to successfully revitalize Sweet Auburn’s beautiful residential neighborhoods. That same energy is beginning to take root today in the revitalization efforts for the commercial district through the opportunities presented by a new listing as an endangered historic place and the designation of Sweet Auburn as a National Treasure.