A threatened landscape: applying preservation planning guidelines to the morris brown college campus
Griffith, Sean Patrick
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The purpose of this thesis will be the creation of recommendations for a preservation plan for the Morris Brown College campus in Atlanta, GA. Morris Brown is one of Atlanta’s Historically Black Colleges, and has a long history dating back to the late 19th century. Currently, the college is struggling financially and the land that it has occupied for many years is at risk of being fragmented under different property owners. There are also significant development pressures on the campus because of the current building and population boom that is occurring in Atlanta. Several of the buildings on the campus are worthy of preservation, with the entire landscape itself being an important historic area, so the creation of a preservation plan for the campus is essential. The thesis will establish the historic significance of the campus, and the built environment on it. Current conditions analysis will take place and current legal issues over land ownership of the campus will be explored to better inform any recommendations that are made. The University System of Georgia Campus Historic Preservation Plan Guidelines will be used as a basis for making recommendations for the creation of a preservation plan for the campus. Those guidelines will be analyzed, synthesized, and illustrated using examples from other preservation plans that have been created using the guidelines as a framework. Finally, a roadmap for a preservation plan dealing with the Morris Brown College campus will be created that is based off of the information gathered in the previous portions of the thesis.