I've always liked old buildings. My grandmother's house, where I spent a lot of time as a kid, wasn't really all that old, but it seemed ancient, mostly because we almost always lived in new houses. My mother was a builder and would build a house, live in it for a year or two, and then build another one—my folks moved sixteen times before I graduated high school, and four more times after that.

For most of my career, my life and livelihood have revolved around old buildings in one way or another. A few of those buildings I have had the good fortune to know in some detail, often before a well-intentioned restoration, ill-advised remodeling, or sheer neglect destroyed the historic structure. I still like nothing better than looking at an old building and researching its history in order to figure out when and how it was constructed, how it evolved over time, and why the heck things were done the way they were done. If I get to write about it, draw it, or whatever, so much the better.

Much of the work presented here is my own, but all history is collaborative to one degree or another, beginning with mostly wonderful clients who saw fit to engage my services to investigate and document these buildings. Librarians and archivists too numerous to mention have contributed in so many ways to all of these reports, and colleagues at the National Park Service made major contributions to several of those produced while I worked there. I hope that they have been properly credited within each report. Any shortcomings or errors, however, are totally my own. With a few exceptions, these studies are structured around similar components: an historical context outlining the people and events associated with the building; a chronology of construction, later alterations, and use; and a description of the building as it existed at the time of the study. So herewith is a little curio cabinet of historic buildings that I have known, put forth in no particular order for your amusement and/or edification. Each photograph below is linked to a web page or a PDF file. They are posted here for educational use only.

Tommy H Jones

Atlanta, Georgia

 

 

 

Ocmulgee Earth Lodge (ca. 1050, 1938)
Bibb County, Georgia
 
John Thomas Carnes House (ca. 1828)
Douglas County, Georgia

Fitzgerald House (ca. 1835, ca. 1870)
Clayton County, Georgia
 
Joel Hurt Cottage (ca. 1870, 1886, 1906)
Atlanta, Georgia
 
Joel Hurt Memorial Park (1939)
Atlanta, Georgia
 
Portsmouth Life-Saving Station (1894)
Portsmouth, North Carolina
 
Benton Supply Company (ca. 1887, 1902)
Monticello, Georgia
 
Bethany Congregational Church (1891)
Thomasville, Georgia

Aunt Fanny's Cabin (ca. 1890, 1941)
Cobb County, Georgia
 
Hammonds House (ca. 1872, ca. 1884)
Atlanta, Georgia
 
DAR, Atlanta Chpt, Craigie House (1910)
Atlanta, Georgia
 
Ebenezer Baptist Church (1914, 1956)
Atlanta, Georgia
 
Craighead-Jackson House (1818, 1886)
Knoxville, Tennessee
 
George W. Collier House (ca. 1864, 1951)
Atlanta, Georgia
 
Ernest E. Hart House (1915)
College Park, Georgia
 
Gaskill-Guthrie House (ca. 1915)
Cape Lookout, North Carolina
 
Seifert-Davis House (ca. 1928)
Cape Lookout, North Carolina
 
Lighthouse Keeper's Quarters (1907)
Cape Lookout, North Carolina
 
Yellow River P. O. and Store (ca. 1845)
Gwinnett County, Georgia
 
James A. Thornton House (ca. 1828)
Union Point, Georgia
 
Tara, the Movie Set (1939)
Culver City, California
 
Guthrie-Olgivie House ( ca. 1924 )
Cape Lookout, North Carolina
 
Ed Styron House (ca. 1934)
Portsmouth, North Carolina
 
O'Boyle-Bryant House (1939)
Cape Lookout, North Carolina
 
Washington Roberts House (ca. 1850)
Portsmouth, North Carolina
 
Cape Lookout Boat House (1924)
Cape Lookout, North Carolina
 
Power-Hyde House (ca. 1845, 1925 –1927)
Cobb County, Georgia
 
Hyde Farm Outbuildings (1870 –1949)
Cobb County, Georgia
 
Quarantine Attendents' Res. (ca. 1912)
Chatham County, Georgia
 
Tullie Smith House (ca. 1845, 1969)
Atlanta, Georgia
 
Magnolia Plantation Gin Barn (ca. 1858)
Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana
 
Oakland Plantation (ca. 1818 –1821)
Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana
 
Kurtz-Cummings-Jones House (1912)
Atlanta, Georgia
 
Flat Rock Baptist Church (ca. 1875, 1946)
Clayton County, Georgia
 
Johnston-Felton-Hay House (1855 –1859)
Macon, Georgia
 
George Saunders House (1912)
Bedford County, Virginia
 
Mitchell-Tiller House (ca. 1840, 1915)
Sandy Springs, Georgia
 
George Power House (ca. 1845)
Cobb County, Georgia
 
A. G. Rhodes Memorial Hall (1902 –1904)
Atlanta, Georgia
 
Smith-Knight-Hill House (1913, 1933)
Atlanta, Georgia
 
Carl Sandburg House, (1838, 1890)
Flat Rock, North Carolina
 
Swedish House (ca. 1850)
Flat Rock, North Carolina
 
Fort Rosalie Gift Shop (ca. 1940)
Natchez, Mississippi