St. Ignatius Episcopal Church, 1898

St. Ignatius Episcopal Church St. Simons Island GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

This lovely chapel is one of the most beautiful churches on St. Simons Island, like its mother church, Christ Church, Frederica. The following history comes from the Christ Church, Frederica website:

St. Ignatius Church was built in 1886 for the former slaves on St. Simons Island. After a hurricane in 1898 it was rebuilt and rotated 90°. The wood has never been stained but it looks this way due to the process of aging. It was made with heart of pine and oak. The Altar rail is hand carved. The Lectern, the Bishop’s chair, Priest’s chair, and Baptismal font were all donated by Lovely Lane Chapel. The stained glass windows behind the Altar were made in Philadelphia by the Willet Company. The Hand depicts God the Father, the Lamb depicts God the Son, and the Dove depicts the Holy Spirit.

St. Ignatius Episcopal Church St. Simons Island GA Rear View Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

The candlesticks on the Altar were brought from England in 1858. The bell was installed in the 1980’s and is from the WWII Liberty Ship Henry Wynkoop. The reed organ was built circa 1900 and installed at Christ Church Frederica in 1933. The original hand pump is still intact. The pipes are merely decorative. For years, the windows in the Church were translucent, jalousie-panel glass. But beginning in the year 2000 ten new stained glass windows were designed by M.B. Keys, a parishioner of Christ Church Frederica, and made by the Wippell Company of Exeter, England. The Rt. Rev. Henry I. Louttit, Bishop of Georgia, blessed the new windows April 29, 2001.

St. Ignatius Episcopal Church Gardens St. Simons Island GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

The grounds here are beautiful and if you’re looking for a place for quite reflection, just pull into the parking lot and have a look around.

St. Simons Island, Georgia

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Live Oak, Gascoigne Bluff

Live Oak Gascoigne Bluff St Simons Island GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Spanish-moss-draped Live Oaks (Quercus virginiana) are emblematic of the Southern coastal region and a great place to see them is Gascoigne Bluff, adjacent to Epworth By The Sea. There’s a public park here with ample free parking. The oak grove is quite impressive, but perhaps not nearly as impressive as what a visitor would have seen 200 years or more in the past. The timber used in the construction of the famed USS Constitution, better known as Old Ironsides, was cut at this bluff.

St. Simons Island, Georgia

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Brunswick-St. Simons Causeway Marker, 1950

Brunswick St Simons Island F J Torras Causeway Historic Marker Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

This rarely noticed historic marker beside the Visitor’s Club gives some insight as to the history of the busy F. J. Torras Causeway connecting the mainland to St. Simons Island. The route was named in honor of longtime Brunswick engineer Fernando Joseph Torras in 1953. Torras was the engineer of the original modern causeway, built in 1923, built by the Virginia Bridge & Iron Works. The larger plaque lists the city and county commissioners and others involved in the 1950 causeway, built by Tidewater Construction Corporation with the consultation of Sverdrup & Parcel. Torras was also involved, as the executive clerk, in the construction of the second causeway.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F.J._Torras_Causeway

Brunswick, Georgia

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The Visitor’s Club, 1930

Brunswick Visitors Club Francis L Abreu Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coasatal Georgia USA 2015

When US 17, the Coastal Highway, was the main artery on the Atlantic seaboard from Virginia to Florida, the Brunswick Board of Trade & the Sea Island Company commissioned Francis L. Abreu to design this welcome center at the entrance to the St. Simons Causeway. Abreu, a famous architect in his own right, had collaborated with Addison Mizner on the original Cloister Hotel.

Brunswick GA Visitors Club Francis L Abreu Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

It was originally advertised as “Brunswick’s Greeting to Vacationists-Georgia’s Gateway to the Road to Romance and Recreation”. The building is in immediate need of preservation. We can only hope that Brunswick will recognize its importance and not have the same dismissive view of it that they’ve had of the historic Dart House, just down the road.

Brunsiwick GA Board of Trade Visitors Club Francis Abreu Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Abreu was born into a privileged Cuban-American background in 1896. His parents owned a sugar plantation and also kept a home in upstate New York. He was a member of the track team at Cornell University and served in the U. S. Navy in World War I.  After earning a degree in architecture, he moved to Fort Lauderdale, where his parents had relocated, and was one of the most active early builders in the city’s first real estate boom. He met his future wife, May Patterson on Sea Island in 1938. They later settled in Atlanta where they were active philanthropists.

Brunswick GA Visitors Club 1930 Mediterranean Revival Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

This is arguably the most prominent public building he designed still standing in Georgia. It should be preserved and National Register of Historic Places recognition sought.

Brunswick GA Board of Trade Building Side Elevation Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

http://abreufoundation.org/history/

Brunswick, Georgia

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Ogeechee River at Kings Ferry

Ogeechee River Looking West Kings Ferry Landing Chatham Coiunty GA Sunset Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

This was shot at sunset, looking west.

Chatham County, Georgia

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LaRoche House, Crescent

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This house likely dates to the 1870s, but that is just a guess. Bobbie Spikes identified it as her grandparents’ home when I first published the images in 2012. Teresa LaRoche Riley, whose father grew up here as well, recently shared a photo of the house on Facebook and that gave me the encouragement I needed to consolidate all my photos into one post. It is likely beyond repair, but it’s a wonderful remnant of a lost generation in Coastal Georgia.

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The house still retains its original kitchen.

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An interior view indicates it was occupied as recently as 20-25 years ago.

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McIntosh County, Georgia

 

 

 

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Stars & Stripes, Highway 80

Tybee Island Ga Area Highway 80 US Flag in Marsh Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Travelers to Tybee Island have undoubtedly seen this flag, flying proudly in the marsh on Highway 80 a bit west of Fort Pulaski.

Chatham County, Georgia

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