Volunteers Improve Lives on South Street

For the 2012-2013 Operation C.A.R.E. program year, Landmarks partnered with D.A.S.H. of Thomasville, Inc., a local non-profit affordable housing agency, to improve two houses on South Street.

The first home, as 435 South Street, is in the Victoria Place Revitalization Area, an area targeted for both new housing and rehabilitation of historic houses. It has belonged to the Hill family for many years and is in great condition. The house was "updated" with 1960s-era metal porch supports, which gave the appearance that the porch roof was "floating". It needed more substantial columns to give it visual appeal and handrails to make it safe. You can see before and after photos below. Our major volunteer partners on this were First Missionary Baptist Church and workers associated with the Georgia State Corrections Department, who worked over the course of five weeks to build the hand rails. Board members from D.A.S.H. helped supervise the work, while Brent Taylor, Taylor Construction, lent his expertise and time to the project.

The other project for 2012-2013 is 513 South Street. This house is on the Jack Hadley Black History Tour and is cited as being the home of an African-American doctor. Today, is the home of Mrs. Doris Copeland, a retired nurse. Work on this house included repairing a rotten and broken foundation sill near the bathroom, replacing defective knee braces and fascia boards on the front of the house and a new paint job. The house won't be perfect, but it will be greatly improved once the project is complete.

Our major volunteer groups were the Thomasville Area Board of Realtors and Senior Life Insurance Company. Taylor Construction made the repairs and volunteers are in the process of painting. Volunteer groups are needed to complete the paint job!  Watch this short video made by Senior Life during Hands On Thomas County Day, October 18, 2012.

Gallery of 435 South Street and 513 South Street

 

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