William Robert Dart House, 1877, Brunswick © Brian Brown
I hate to say it, but here we go again! Yet another historic home, integral to the story of its community, is in danger of being lost. Taylor Davis, co-owner of Low Country Preservation in Brunswick, recently alerted me to the uncertain future of this house. The very people who should be standing behind it are the ones contemplating destroying it. Shame on the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and anyone who would suggest it should be torn down! Their ridiculous argument as to the property’s commercial over historical value is moot considering all the blighted properties on US 17.
From the “Save the Historic Dart House” Facebook page: After serving as a historical landmark in Brunswick, GA for 137 years, the Dart House is in danger of being destroyed.
The house was built in 1877 by William Robert Dart, son of Urbanus Dart, a founder of the city of Brunswick. The house has historical significance, overlooking the famous oak tree where Sidney Lanier penned his world-famous poem “The Marshes of Glynn.” After withstanding two hurricanes and numerous development projects, the house was completely restored in 1983 with the generous donations of the community to serve as the headquarters for the Chamber of Commerce and a landmark for the gateway to Brunswick. After 30 years of serving as a steward of the house, the Chamber of Commerce has changed course and is considering razing this historic gem to build a new office building. But there are options to save this house. The community is galvanizing around this cause and is in the process of presenting several options to the Chamber. Help us raise awareness and encourage the Chamber to choose a path that both respects and honors our town’s historical legacy while also meeting their needs.
After a serious effort by the Historic Brunswick Foundation to save it, the Dart House was razed on 29 March 2017.