Son of Galloway College’s founder fights demolition plans for historic constructing – WSB-TV Channel 2

BUCKHEAD, Ga. — The son of the person who based The Galloway College in Buckhead is talking out towards plans to demolish a historic constructing on campus.

Charlie Galloway taught at The Galloway College within the Eighties and is the son of Elliott Galloway, who based the personal faculty in 1969.

The varsity lately introduced plans to switch the Gresham Constructing with a a lot greater classroom constructing.

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Inbuilt 1911, the Gresham Constructing is on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations. For many years it served as an almshouse, or homeless shelter.

“The Gresham Constructing in my humble opinion is the center and soul of The Galloway College,” Galloway stated from his dwelling in California. “It has created a really heat and nurturing environment for studying.”

College officers haven’t spoken publicly in regards to the proposal. One administrator, who requested to stay nameless, advised Channel 2′s Bryan Mims that the college is in the midst of the allowing course of with town of Atlanta.

She stated the college goals to “present one of the best and most secure studying surroundings.”

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“We’re working with architects, engineers and historic preservationists to discover these alternatives,” the administrator advised Channel 2 Motion Information.

Drawings on the college’s web site present a contemporary classroom constructing standing rather than the Gresham Constructing.

An outline on the web site says: “The design of the brand new Higher Studying Constructing pays homage to the enduring Gresham constructing by incorporating parts of the unique constructing into the design of the brand new constructing.”

Opponents of the demolition have circulated a petition that has gathered greater than 1,000 signatures. Bruce Johnson is a 1976 graduate of the college and lives within the neighborhood. “It’s a part of our neighborhood’s historical past,” he stated. “As soon as this constructing is gone, it may by no means be recovered. And we’ve misplaced so a lot of our heritage buildings on this metropolis.”

A gathering was set for Tuesday evening with Atlanta’s Neighborhood Planning Unit to handle permits for the mission, nevertheless it was postponed till March. It’s unclear why.

The varsity administrator advised Channel 2 Motion Information that college officers would have extra to say in regards to the mission later.

Galloway stated the college can nonetheless increase classroom capability and protect the Gresham Constructing.

“And that’s what this preservation motion is all about,” he stated. “It appears nearly incomprehensible to demolish the constructing when everyone knows it might be rehabilitated, renewed. Only a tragedy to knock down this grand previous constructing.”

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