There are numerous (non-profit or government owned) historic structures in our community that are in need of renovation work (i.e. historic churches, community buildings, theatres, and schools).  

Three applications were selected as the finalists for the 2019 Public Participation Grant.

The next phase of the grant process is to involve you!  In the coming months, Historic Columbus will not only showcase the three project finalists,
but also get you more involved and aware of how historic preservation works in our community.

Each finalist will host an Open House at each of their sites in September.
The public will then be able to vote on their favorite project on our website.  Voting will start on September 13th and close on September 20th
The grant winner will be announced at Historic Columbus’ Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.


The Stewart Community Home, c. 1929, was originally built as the Linwood School.  Its name was changed in 1962 to Edwina Wood Elementary.  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 accurate windows for the whole property.

Statement from SCH:  If the eyes are the windows to the human soul, windows are the eyes of a building’s soul. While our building has an incredibly important role as a home to people in need, it is also instrumental to bringing back memories that people connect with this place.  Help us replace the windows and restore the Stewart Home as it once was so that it can continue to both house and inspire people for many years to come. Ninety years of providing a safe space where children and adults alike have found sanctuary and acceptance is an incredible legacy that should be preserved and cherished.


Zion Church, c. 1848, is one of America’s most significant wooden Gothic Revival buildings. It has extraordinary detailing including Tudor arched windows, elegant crockets, and a crenellated bell tower. The grant would fund the exterior restoration of the building with first emphasis being to stabilize the bell tower, buttresses, and the front facade. The property was released by the Episcopal Church to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation earlier this year.  It was then deeded to a local friends group, Zion Church Restoration, Inc. dedicated to its restoration and revitalization.

Statement from Zion:  There are few, if any, examples of such fine historical craftsmanship in this region, much less the state of Georgia.  Zion has had the grace to stand and be a beacon of hope and faith for over 171 years, even to those who have never stepped foot inside. Visitors from around the country, both white and African American, travel to Zion to trace ancestors and experience history. Their Zion experiences are deeply meaningful. Its exterior renovation would mean a great deal to local residents and to the hundreds of people who have worshiped or visited there or simply admired its beauty.  Zion will be used as a place to offer events – dramatic, musical and teaching – for children, youth and adults. Few such spaces are available to this predominantly rural community and its surrounds. It will also be used for church services and community activities.


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The Wynn House, c. 1839, is a 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. They will work within the current kitchen footprint. Their goal is to replace all the flooring, cabinetry, countertops, repaint and fix any plumbing and electrical required by the city.  The majority of the annual income for the Wynn House is generated through its food service – either at events or freezer sales.  

Statement from TWH:  We are more than just a house! We are active participants in the economy of MidTown, helping to guarantee its future.  By connecting with the community through philanthropic programs and cultural events, we ensure that the public directly participates in Columbus’ history. History grows by being shared! Help the Wynn House continue to educate the public about the past while engaging them in the present through preservation, history, art, etiquette, and culinary experiences.


There are 5 other great projects that you should read about
and try to get involved.

No matter your views or interests there is a project that will
peek everyone’s interest!

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Columbus, Georgia 31901


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Columbus, Georgia 31906

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