ATHENS AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
EXTERIOR RENOVATION: When the Society purchased the former "Brunner Building" in 2012, it took on a major project to revitalized and renovate one of the oldest buildings in Athens with a long history going back to when Athens was founded. To accomplish this task a Building Renovation Committee was established to come up with the ideas. Early on it was decided that the aim would be to restore the building (as close as possible) to what it looked like in the 1800s when Athens was just getting started. A detailed computer drawing was then made based on actual historical pictures of the building. The drawing is the picture on the bottom (center). This was followed by developing a detailed set of specifications ( by Mr. Keith Darra) outlining the job requirements. Back in the 1800s galvanized metal siding (see picture below) was used on the building.
A contractor was hired to do the work which included the complete removal and replacement of windows, doors and siding and the repair of the roof. The above picture is of the Athens Area Historical Society Building as it looked on December 2012 after most of the work had been completed. The picture on the bottom right corner shows a detail of the corbels (brackets) that adorn the top of the building. The corbels are almost an exact replica of the brackets installed on the building in the 1800s. The building is on its way to look like it did many years ago. Back in the 1800s galvanized metal siding (see picture below) was used on the building. Though we were able to find a source for the identical siding, it was decided not to use it because of the required maintenance and very expensive costs for material and installation.
INTERIOR RENOVATION: The exterior renovation of the building has been completed but it required use of the funds obtained from the sale of the house previously used for the museum. The interior of the building requires major renovation. There major improvements needed in order for the interior of the building to meet code standards and make the building usable for a museum. These include replacing of outdated inefficient heating and cooling system, constructing a new barrier free bathroom, completely insulating the building, upgrading the electrical system, installing new energy efficient lightning, new flooring, partitioning the building and constructing wall mounted displays. After the interior renovation has been completed the Society plans to instal of an antique "Gas Station Front" featuring vintage pumps, an antique car, and other artifacts which will significantly enhance the character and appearance of the building and create a destination attraction that showcases the rich history of the greater Athens area.
Presently the entire collection of historical artifacts possessed by the Society is in storage. The next major hurdle is to renovate the
interior of the building so that it can be suitable for the Museum and use by the
society and the community to conduct special events. We have big dreams
for this renovation and numerous creative ideas that are just as
exciting. Of course, completion of these renovations are dependent upon raising the necessary funds. The Society is conducting a fundraiser to sell engraved pavers. This will be one of many other methods the Society will use to raise the necessary funds. With the support of its members, the community, former Athens citizens, businesses and other organizations we will succeed in making the museum something that the Athens area community will be proud of. To get information on the
Grocery Store & Gas Station (1850s)
Sample of galvanized metal used for siding
(1950s to 2012)
(1950s to 2012)