c. 1840 Greek Revival – Griffin, GA – Lost by fire!

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Added to OHD on 7/28/16 - Last OHD Update: 4/22/18 - 32 Comments
  • 2000 Sq Ft

This circa 1840 vernacular Greek Revival cottage is ready to relocate to the perfect site where it will again be the very picture of Southern charm! Located in historic Griffin, Georgia, it offers over 2,000 sf of light-filled living space. The first floor features a wide central hall flanked by two rooms on each side with a secondary stair hall at the rear. An el includes one original room and another added sometime around 1920. A rear facing stair leads to the second floor with another wide central hall flanked by spacious bedrooms.


With such classic style, the potential is almost tangible. Though in need of complete restoration, the house is structurally sound and many original details remain intact including wide plank Heart Pine flooring, four-panel doors, casings with detailed backband, Greek Revival mantels, and most of the none-over-nine windows. A beautiful and original field stone chimney can be reinforced so that it may be moved along with the house.

The threat: A blight ordinance imposed by the city of Griffin has targeted this house for demolition. Any interested party is encouraged to respond as soon as possible. The city will assist with a reasonable timeline for relocation once a buyer has been found. Until such time the house will remain on the list for pending demolition. The city's land bank has offered at no cost to the buyer a selection of parcels in their inventory for relocation of the cottage.

Please contact Scott Reed at scott@sreeddesign.com for more information regarding the house or the relocation process.

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32 Comments on c. 1840 Greek Revival – Griffin, GA – Lost by fire!

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  1. SueSue says: 1175 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    Oh no!! What a wonderful house. I can’t imagine it could cost that much to move. Jim?

    • JimHJimH says: 4204 comments
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      Sue, to move the house a few blocks, plus a new foundation to set it on, is $75k minimum. Then add structural repairs, systems replacement/updates and cosmetic restoration. Even with a free lot, it would be hard to do it all for less than $150k total if you’re paying for all the work. For quality restoration work, you could spend quite a bit more.
      I don’t know if a buyer willing to make the investment can be found, though it looks like a fine old cottage that deserves consideration.

      • SueSue says: 1175 comments
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        1802 Cape
        ME

        Thank you for the answer Jim. I love these old Southern cottages and once restored they are just so charming.

    • AvatarScott says: 7 comments

      Hi, Sue. We have our house mover coming out soon to give us a more accurate idea of the cost of relocation. Based upon recent experience, I anticipate the cost of the move (depending on distance) to be significantly less than that mentioned in the previous comment. I know these figures can easily vary greatly from mover to mover and by region. However; I believe that overall figure would allow for a wonderful completed house. Thanks for your concern and please feel free to contact me for any details!

  2. AvatarPepperReed says: 56 comments

    So much potential!

  3. AvatarRoger says: 48 comments

    I don’t understand why it must be moved. The write-up It was because of a city blight ordinance. Wouldn’t it be OK if it were renovated in the same location? It seems like the city just wants it gone.

    • AvatarScott says: 7 comments

      Hi, Roger. Thanks for your question! The relocation is more a result of the homeowners belief that the parcel can be sold for commercial use. With the right offer, it could potentially be purchased in place. I would be glad to facilitate the discussion for anyone interested in that option.

  4. AvatarKarenZ says: 976 comments
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    So very sad’ I hope that it finds someone to save it.

  5. JullesJulles says: 532 comments

    This is a DIY project if you want to make it make sense financially. At the very least, contract it yourself. If you have the skill and drive, it would be great. Price of moving depends on where you are moving it to. Will wires have to be cut or raised to move it to the property? The size of the house dictates the price as well. Can you put it on one trailer or will it have to be cut into two or the second floor taken off? Pier foundations are probably the least expensive to do. You need to channel your inner Nicole Curtis and think it through, then you could have a real treasure at a good price.

    • AvatarScott says: 7 comments

      Where is Nicole when we need her!?! This would make a great DIY project but, depending on the new location, it could be a very economically viable restoration!

  6. Avatarabevy says: 368 comments

    Wish we could have seen inside. What condition is it in? Don’t you wish you could just jack it up and put on trailer and go!

  7. AvatarEdna says: 1 comments

    Did anyone contact HGTV? What a great house to do a complete restoration on it.Would love to do it myself if I had the money.

  8. AvatarRachel says: 1 comments

    Thank you, Kelly! The majority of people have no clue about how dreadful HGTV is for historic properties. Those shows are entertainment, not preservation!

  9. AvatarMichael L says: 1 comments

    I have property in Experiment GA (8 min north of Griffin)off of Dobbins Mill Rd and 11 acres of land. I would love to have the house, simply can not afford the expense of moving it or renovating presently. If someone wants to initiate a “kickstarter” campaign and raise funds to move it I’ll volunteer my land as a destination. Also, I may have a contact to get a deal on a house move. We could use it as a country home and have several days each week where if volunteers are present it could be open to the public… Just an idea.

  10. JullesJulles says: 532 comments

    I talked to Scott and he said The City of Griffin tried to bulldoze the house yesterday. He got a two week stay on it pending if he can get someone to committ to moving the house and renovating it. It would have to be moved by September. My husband and I are going down after work today to see it. The move looks like it would cost in the lower $30,000 range and that includes a new foundation at the property. However, the house needs all it’s mechanicals replaced and roof and window repair asap. He also showed us a picture of what the house was supposed to look like with a large pediment instead of a porch and it is beautiful! I’ll let you know what we find out.

  11. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10342 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to Julles and Scott, more photos added!

  12. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10342 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Also, the last pic, the old one, is what the home is believed to have looked like originally. It is not an old pic of this particular home.

  13. AvatarJane says: 1 comments

    I never really thought about moving a house but not too long ago I found this one. Its’ supposed to be the finest federal farmhouse in the state but it’s going to be lost if nobody coughs up the ten grand asking price and moves it to another lot. It’d be such a terrible shame to lose this.

    http://www.presnc.org/properties/dortch-house-structure-only/

  14. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10342 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This was scheduled to be moved in June but recently suffered a fire that destroyed it.

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