June 12, 2014
Situated between a new student housing area and the historic campus core, South Georgia State College’s circa 1926 dining hall was the ideal site for the college’s new dining facility. In 1970 this building was renovated to create classroom space and the only historic material left intact was the building envelope. The recent rehabilitation restored the exterior, replacing the balustrades above the windows and retaining the windows to their historic configuration. The new addition around the rear of the historic dining hall uses a similar profile and materials, though in a modern design which complements and contrasts with both the historic structure and the mid-century buildings nearby. Through this unique rehabilitation and construction, South Georgia State College has been able to return its historic dining hall to its original use in a new century.
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The dining hall at South Georgia State College in Douglas, Ga. was recently awarded the 2014 Georgia Trust Preservation Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation. Constructed in 1926, the 300 seat, 17,765 sq ft facility was built to serve the campus dining program and through this renovation was returned to its original historic use. The renovation of the dining hall was one of three developed in partnership with RISE, including two residence halls totaling 540 beds and the renovation of the Clower Center, a historic gymnasium transformed into a student life and activity center.