As a lifelong Macon resident and proud 1984 graduate of Tattnall Square Academy, I can confirm that our historic homes have always been a saving grace. Through good and bad, they continue to attract positive newcomers. I’ve become well versed on the important architects to grace us with masterpieces. J. Neel Reid might be the most notable, and we’re lucky to have one of his finest works on Vineville, our main thoroughfare. I walked by the house with my grandkids this weekend to show them what I was expecting to be a prized English Manor...but was broken to find what looked like residential blight! I almost cried in front of two ten year olds.
I did the mature thing, swallowed my pride, and tried to locate the owner. This pursuit only added more questions to the process, as I found out the owner listed on the Macon Bibb tax assessors site had been dead for 7 months! More research led to signs of an incredible life, but no owner info.
So the home looks like it’s gradually beginning to fall apart, but the front lawn is what scares me most. I’d never want to see such prized local gem overgrown and nearly invisible from the street. If nothing else, I’d love to see some TLC given to the front yard. I can only imagine how much this sight pain’s the departed‘s neighbors, who must hold great pride to live in such an important, historic neighborhood.
Seeing the home bruised is a different story, but please do what y’all can to begin preserving this historic asset.
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