Historic Columbus Grant Finalists – Announce Open Houses!

Sep 4, 2019

September 3, 2019


For Immediate Release

Contact: Callie Hecht

(706)322-0756 or


Historic Columbus Grant Finalists – Announce Open Houses!


Columbus, GA--The finalists for the Public Participation Grant, Historic Columbus’ largest grant program, were chosen from eight applications.  An initial screening of the projects was completed, and three qualifying sites were selected as a finalist to move forward in the grant process.  


The three finalists are all hosting Open Houses.  Please stop by each one to see their preservation projects and then vote on your favorite by visiting HCF’s website   Voting will start on Friday, September 13th and close on Friday, September 20th.   The grant winner will be announced at Historic Columbus’ Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 5:30pm at WC Bradley Co.


Increasing awareness of historic preservation is a vital component to HCF’s mission and having the public as a partner in this process will only strengthen our ability to be an advocate for saving our history, our legacies, and our stories.


Zion Church (425 Washington Avenue, Talbotton), c. 1848, is one of America’s most significant wooden Gothic Revival buildings. Zion Church has extraordinary detailing including arched windows, elegant crockets, and a crenellated bell tower.  The grant would fund the exterior restoration.  Open House: Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 10:00am – 2:00pm.


The Stewart Community Home (1125 15th Street), c. 1929, built as the Linwood School and changed names to Edwina Wood Elementary in 1962. The Stewart Community Home moved into the building in 1994 to support people in the community who are disabled and homeless. The grant would fund new historically appropriate windows for the structure.  Open House: Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm.


The Wynn House (1240 Wynnton Road), c. 1839, Greek Revival mansion that has been lived in by a number of Columbus’ leading citizens. The grant would fund the updating and renovating the kitchen, to include flooring, cabinetry, countertops, paint, and plumbing/electrical needs.  Open House: Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.


If you have any questions, please contact the Callie Hecht at 706-322-0756 or