|Circa 1940s Urban Home|
Taken from the National Park Service's brochure on the Bethlehem Historic District:
"The district is architecturally significant for its excellent collection of historic residential, commercial, and community landmark buildings in a variety of styles—Shotgun, Folk Victorian, Colonial Revival, and Craftsman. The residential housing stock was built around the roads and railroad lines. Most of the houses were small so that a large number could fit into a small area. Some of the later homes are larger."
|Shotgun Houses - Wrightsboro Road|
Not only homes are of interest in this historic district, but there are several churches, including the Mount Zion Baptist Church as shown below.
|Circa 1921 - Wrightsboro Road|
A big change for this neighborhood, hopefully for the better, is on the way. According to the Vison Village project overview:
"Even though the area has experienced significant blight since the early 70s, The City of Augusta has designated the Laney Walker and Historic Bethlehem Communities as urban redevelopment areas in accordance with Section 36-61-7 of Georgia’s Urban Redevelopment Law. This designation will be a powerful tool to support significant economic development and enhanced quality of life for the citizens of these communities."
Hopefully this will include the historic preservation of those structures that can be rehabbed. Time will tell.