Rebekah Hall at Agnes Scott College Receives Statewide Award from Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation


ATLANTA, April 17, 2019— Rebekah Hall at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga. received a statewide preservation award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation during its 42nd annual Preservation Awards ceremony on April 12 in Thomasville, Ga.rebekah-hall,-agnes-scott-college,-decatur-1.jpg

Rebekah Hall at Agnes Scott College received the Chairman’s Award, which is presented at the sole discretion of the Georgia Trust Chairman of the Board of Trustees to recognize extraordinary efforts contributing to the preservation of Georgia’s historic resources. The building also received an award for Excellence in Sustainable Rehabilitation.

In 1905, Agnes Scott College, an independent liberal arts college for women, enlisted the Atlanta architectural firm Bruce & Morgan to design an impressive new Italian Renaissance Revival structure, Rebekah Hall, which became the second oldest building on the campus. Following a recent $16 million rehabilitation, the main floor has been rehabilitated and re-purposed while the two upper floors provide student housing. Gathering spaces, kitchens, restrooms and lounges were all modernized, while original historic features were maintained and sensitively restored. Building on the college’s commitment to reduce the carbon footprint, an existing parking lot was replaced with a geo-thermal, chilled-water loop system under a new lawn. Conversion to LED lighting, a strategy to reduce water, and improved interior environmental conditions all contributed to a certification of Rebekah Hall as USGBC LEED Platinum.

About Georgia Trust Preservation Awards

For more than 40 years, the Georgia Trust has recognized preservation projects and individuals throughout Georgia who have made significant contributions to the field of historic preservation. Awards are presented on the basis of the contributions of the person or project to the community and/or state and on compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

About the Georgia Trust

Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country’s leading statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations. The Trust works for the preservation and revitalization of Georgia’s diverse historic resources and advocates their appreciation, protection and use.

The Georgia Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia’s “Places in Peril.” The Trust recognizes preservation projects and individuals with its annual Preservation Awards and awards students and young professionals with the Neel Reid Prize and Liz Lyon Fellowship. The Trust offers a variety of educational programs for adults and children, provides technical assistance to property owners and historic communities, advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts, and manages two house museums in Atlanta (Rhodes Hall) and Macon (Hay House).

To learn more about the Georgia Trust and the Preservation Awards, visit

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.