Milledge Avenue Historic District
Milledge Avenue is named after Governor John Milledge who donated land to the state for the University of Georgia in the late 1700s that became part of the city of Athens with incorporation in 1806. The Milledge Avenue Historic District is nestled between the Dearing Street Historic District to the northeast and the Milledge Circle Historic District to the southwest. The historic district follows along the residential portion of both sides of Milledge Avenue south of Broad Street and north of Five Points. Milledge Avenue has been a principal street in Athens since the 1830s and became a main streetcar route in the mid 1890s.
Today it has a strong connection with the University of Georgia since it is home to many sororities and fraternities. Most of the residences are large, two-story homes. The architecture of the Milledge Avenue Historic District is quite varied and includes Greek Revival, Victorian Eclectic, Queen Anne, Neoclassical, Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, American Foursquare and Craftsman Bungalows. Two of the houses included in the district were designed by William Winstead Thomas (1848-1904), the president of Southern Mutual Insurance Company and also an architect who boasts several structures on the National Register of Historic Places.
325 South Milledge Avenue- Circa 1870-1880
The H. C. White house was built circa 1870-1880 and was originally in the Second Empire Style but was changed in 1901 to the Classical Revival style by Professor H. C. White for whom the home was named. It is included in the Historic American Buildings Survey. It is now home to the University of Georgia chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Hamilton-Bishop-Phinizy-Segrest House– 1859
This Italianate Style home was built for Thomas Napier Hamilton, who is said to have been Georgia’s first millionaire, and it was designated a historic landmark on January 8th, 1991. Hamilton was an 1807 graduate of the University of Georgia, and the son of James Hamilton, a captain of the American Revolution. He was also a trustee of UGA from 1834 to 1851. In 1857, Hamilton began construction of this home, but died a year later before its completion. The building passed to his son, named James Hamilton, and was completed in 1859 with the use of slave labor. It was built with a symmetrical ”H” floor plan, the first floor porch was raised for the English-style basement. The two-tiered porch features intricately detailed ironwork, which is said to have been shipped from Philadelphia on the last train to come through before secession. In 1890, James Hamilton also passed away, and the home was eventually sold to the Phinizy Family, who have remained prominent in Athens. The home remained in the Phinizy Family until 1964 when it was sold to the Phi Mu sorority, which currently inhabits the building. Phi Mu added wings on each side of the original building along with a rear dormitory.
Albin P. Dearing House- 1857
Constructed in 1857, the Albin P. Dearing House is heralded as one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States. Dearing was an officer at the Bank of Athens. During the Civil War, he was appointed to receive stock subscriptions in an effort to form a local company that would secure provisions at cost plus expenses to combat inflation and food shortages in Athens. The Dearing House was added to the National Register of Historic Places May 8th, 1979 and was locally designated as a Historic Landmark January 8, 1991. The house has a four-over-four, central hall plan. The Greek Doric colonnade wraps around three sides of the two-story facade, which is constructed of locally made brick. The signature Greek Revival single door entry with rectangular multi-pane sidelights and a transom is framed by pilasters and a plain entablature. The University of Georgia chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta has owned the house since purchasing the property in 1938.
Milledge Cirlce Historic District
The Milledge Circle Historic District is contained within the historical boundaries of the 1913 planned subdivision of Milledge Park. The Five Points area is at the northeastern edge of the district and Milledge Avenue Historic District is to the east. It is primarily a residential neighborhood with historic homes dating from the 1910s to the 1930s. A majority of the houses in the district are modest one to two story structures with an architectural style range that includes the American Foursquare, modest examples of the Neoclassical, and a range of high-style and vernacular Bungalows. Although the majority of the residential properties in the district are single family homes there are three 1920s apartment buildings included in the Milledge Circle Historic District.
Henrietta Building of Milledge Circle Apartments-1925
The Henrietta Building of Milledge Circle Apartments was built in 1925 as the first apartment building in Athens. The back end of the building faces South Lumpkin Street and houses locally owned and operated shops and restaurants such as Donna Chang’s and Avid Bookshop. The building fits in with many of the nearby structures on Milledge Circle, Milledge Avenue, and Lumpkin Street. It combines brick facades, white columns, overhang eaves, double hung divided-light windows, and entry way pediments to blend with the 1920s and 1930s Craftsman Style homes as well as the many nineteenth century Greek Revival homes in the area.
Two Story Coffee House
This Craftsman Style Bungalow within the Milledge Circle Neighborhood originated as a private residence but now houses a popular coffee shop and study spot, Two Story Coffeehouse. Two Story is named for the division between its lower floor, a traditional bustling coffee shop, and the upper story which acts as a quiet study area for students. The building boasts many traditional Craftsman elements such as overall symmetry, an open gable roof with a flat roofed dormer, horizontal windows, overhanging eaves, and natural siding material. The Craftsman Style was very popular in the 1930s.