MIDDLE GEORGIA COLLEGE RENOVATES HISTORIC EBENEZER HOUSE
(Cochran, GA) – Middle Georgia College is currently renovating Ebenezer House, a historical structure on the Cochran campus built in the 1890s which is now used as a museum and events space. The renovation will focus on removing newer additions to the building and replacing them with historically accurate features.
According to Lord, Aeck, & Sargent, the architecture firm handling the renovation, the current construction focuses on the exterior of the building. The main purpose of the project is to correct roof leaks. Because Ebenezer has undergone multiple construction projects, the roof is unable to properly shed water. The renovation will remove two of the most recent additions, and will include new asphalt shingles on the high slope roofs and flat lock metal on the low slope roofs. Historic chimneys will also be built from the roof up, using a thin brick veneer system.
Renovations will also include repair and limited replacement of deteriorated siding, window restoration, and repainting to the original colors. The front porch will also be restored based upon a historic photograph. Based upon the photographic evidence, modern columns, brackets, railings, and soffits will be replaced by replications of historic elements. The modern front door will also be replaced using a historic rear door as a model.
After the removal of the two most recent additions, a new rear porch will be constructed, which will be enclosed at one end for a restroom. The renovation will also include the reinstatement of a historic door and window opening between the house and the porch. In addition, more structural support will be constructed within the crawl space and in the attic. For more information, contact Janet Kirkpatrick at 478-934-3161.