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Pre-orders now available for ‘Architecture of the Last Colony’ book

ATLANTA, June 9-In October 2023, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will release “Architecture of the Last Colony,” now available for pre-order through the organization’s website: “Architecture of the Last Colony” surveys the most important extant buildings in the state of Georgia, focusing on structures that showcase successful historic preservation practices and techniques. Richly illustrated with full-color, large-format photographs of these structures along with descriptions of their architectural significance, this book tells the story of how Georgia’s built environment reflects its growth from 1733 to the present. While numerous books about Georgia architecture feature buildings that have been lost to demolition, this volume focuses on extant structures that readers can visit and observe for themselves.

“These buildings tell a diverse story that shows how nationally significant architects and Native Americans, pioneer, female, and African American architects have all contributed to Georgia’s built environment,” said Georgia Trust President and CEO Mark C. McDonald, one of the contributing writers and editor of the book.

The buildings range in style from the folk-art structures of St. EOM’s Pasaquan and Howard Finster’s Paradise Gardens to the suburban Craftsman bungalows of Leila Ross Wilburn to the lavish antebellum mansions of Savannah and Athens, Georgia. Noted architectural photographers, including Brian Brown, Diane Kirkland, James Lockhart, Charlie Miller, and John Tatum, provide the companion photographs.

The six chapters in the book, written by architectural historians with subject-matter expertise, including Carl I. Gable, Carmie Jones McDonald, Mark C. McDonald, Joseph Smith, Spencer Tunnell, and Robin B. Williams, are organized chronologically and by architectural style, covering the earliest buildings in Georgia up through significant contemporary structures of the twentieth century.

“Architecture of the Last Colony” will be released in October. Pre-orders are available at The retail price is $49.95. Georgia Trust members receive a 10% discount.

Length: 296 pages
Illustrations: 193 color and b&w images
Trim size: 10″ x 12″
Format: Hardcover
Retail: Pre-Order $49.95 (Georgia Trust Members $44.95)
Pre-Orders available at

About the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation works for the preservation and revitalization of Georgia’s diverse historic resources and advocates their appreciation, protection and use.

As one of the country’s leading statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations, the Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia’s “Places in Peril.” The Trust honors preservation projects and individuals with its annual Preservation Awards and recognizes students and professionals with the Neel Reid Prize and Liz Lyon Fellowship. The Trust offers a variety of educational programs for adults and children, provides technical assistance to property owners and historic communities, advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts, and manages two house museums in Atlanta (Rhodes Hall) and Macon (Hay House).

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