Preservation Grants for Facade, Wiring, Sprinklers

Thank you for your interest in the preservation of downtown Dahlonega’s commercial district architecture. Downtown’s historic commercial buildings are Dahlonega’s number one economic development asset. Downtown Dahlonega is the historic core of the region and serves as the seat of business, government and service for the community. With historic architecture ranging from the 1830s to the 1960s, downtown is the heart of the county. Its pedestrian focus and historic buildings invite both residents and visitors. Each downtown building has an individual character, and each building is respected for its unique features, historic appearance, significance, and impact on the district. The central business district is known worldwide for its architecture and history, and for decades our community leaders have successfully marketed downtown as a unique and unparalleled destination.

Dahlonega 2000 Inc. created these Preservation Grant Programs because our local economy and identity depend upon preservation. Similar programs nationwide have shown that these modest grant awards can help property owners launch projects to make their buildings more fireproof and attractive. The modest sized grant awards should be a small but stimulating portion of a finance package that property owners sometimes need to accomplish preservation projects. Additional sources of financing should be owner equity and loans from local financial institutions. These investments stimulate the local economy in both the short term (with jobs for local contractors) and long term (by preserving downtown’s historic commercial buildings, our number one economic development asset).

Numerous projects have been completed within the last three years, including the following properties:

Dahlonega General Store

Park Clothing Shop

Hall’s Block

Woodmen of the World building

Ruby’s Precision Hair Cutters

The Conner House

Conner Storehouse

Jones Drug Store building

Dahlonega Square Villa

Upstairs Downstairs

Robert M. Moore building