King and Prince Hotel, 1941, St. Simons Island

This landmark hotel traces its origins to Morgan T. Wynne and Franklin J. Horne, who first opened it as a seaside dance club in 1935. On 2 July 1941, the King and Prince Hotel, designed by Laurence Miller and Felton Davis in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, opened to rave reviews. It immediately became the hotel of record on St. Simons.

It was occupied by the Navy as a coast-watching and training facility during World War II, reopening in 1947.

Renovations in the 1970s and 1980s modernized rooms and infrastructure, but retained the historical integrity of the property. An expansion doubled the number of rooms in 2003, again, with a focus on maintaining its iconic appearance. Now known as the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, it remains as nostalgic and popular as ever. And with the loss of the DeSoto Beach Hotel on Tybee Island in 1999, the King and Prince is the last of Georgia’s grand old oceanfront hotels.

National Register of Historic Places

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Ritz Theatre, 1899, Brunswick

Originally home to the offices of the Brunswick & Birmingham Railroad and the Grand Opera House, the historic Ritz Theatre is a preservation success story. Thanks to the efforts of Heather Heath and the Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Association and the Fox Theatre Institute, the Ritz has returned to its rightful place as a cultural anchor for downtown Brunswick.

Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Jane Macon House, 1882, Brunswick

Alethea Jane Macon (8 January 1882-3 October 1977) was among the best-loved educators of 20th-century Brunswick. She began her career at Arco Elementary School in 1903 and later transferred to Glynn Academy, where she taught English & Literature until 1952, having served the children of Glynn County for nearly fifty years. She also wrote Glynn Academy’s Alma Mater.

She was definitely a lady of another time; she never learned to drive nor owned a television. She was a often seen walking around and knew virtually everyone in town. She was also a serious genealogist and published several books related to her family history, including Gideon Macon of Virginia and Some of His Descendants; John and Edward Tuck of Halifax County, Virginia, and Some of their Descendants; and Four O’Kelley Sons.

Jane Macon Junior High School (now Jane Macon Middle School, in Sterling) was established in her honor in 1958. A “Jane Macon” azalea cultivar was named for her, as well, but I’ve been unable to locate more information about it.

Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Glynn County Courthouse, 1907, Brunswick

Set among a grove of live oaks, the old Glynn County Courthouse was designed by well-known architect Charles Alling Gifford (1860-1937). The location is Magnolia Square, one of the historic lots set aside for housing livestock as a community pasture. Though now replaced by a modern courthouse on an adjacent street, this landmark still serves government purposes.

Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Mahoney-McGarvey House, 1891, Brunswick

This is often cited as the finest example of Carpenter Gothic architecture in Georgia.  It’s a wonderful house and has most recently served a retail purpose, though I wish Brunswick could move those power lines. It’s notoriously difficult to photograph. It was designed by New York architect J. A. Wood. He also designed Brunswick’s most famous lost landmark, the Oglethorpe Hotel, as well as Thomasville’s Piney Woods Hotel.

Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

 

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Queen Anne House, Brunswick

Like several of Brunswick’s landmark homes, this one has a twin.

Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Hanover Square, 1771, Brunswick

Laid out in 1771 with a modified version of Oglethorpe’s “Savannah Plan”, Brunswick has worked hard in recent  years reclaiming as many of its historic squares as possible. Hanover Square is the jewel in the crown, being the least altered of the original squares. A non-profit preservation group, Signature Squares of Historic Brunswick, actively promotes these public parks and is engaged in ongoing research to restore them.

Of Hanover Square, they note: [It] is one of the two large squares in Old Town Brunswick that retains its original size and shape. It was named to honor Britain’s ruling House of Hanover during the reign of King George II, when the Colony of Georgia was established. Initially, Hanover Square was the hub of official city and county business. The county courthouse, jail and stockyards were located in the square until the late 19th century.

As Brunswick grew and prospered, its citizens began to feel that the muddy, trampled stockyard and shabby wooden buildings did not represent an up-and-coming city properly. In 1882, the Ladies Park Association campaigned for the removal of the courthouse from Hanover Square and raised funds to purchase materials to beautify the area, which was referred to as “Hanover Park.” The city drilled a deep artesian well, topped with an ornate fountain, that yielded water rich with minerals that were thought to be therapeutic for certain diseases. When the projects were completed in 1885, the park’s title was returned to the city.

For decades, Hanover Square was the heart of public gatherings in the city. Church socials and concerts in the bandstand filled the evenings with laughter and music. The gardens were expanded and modified to reflect landscape tastes of each era. Brunswick’s residents stood guard over Hanover Square numerous times when transportation projects threatened the integrity and boundaries of the historic space.

In the mid-20th century, the city’s population growth trended northward and Hanover, like other original squares, fell into decline. As Signature Squares was organized to save the parks and squares within the Historic District of Brunswick, Hanover Square became its first project. The fountain was restored, walkways were replaced and the rose garden was replanted. More work is planned for the future to return the square to its full glory.

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Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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