Building still standing since 1918

Published 6:11 pm Thursday, February 22, 2018

On Tuesday, the Troup County Archives celebrated its building’s 100th year. Shannon Johnson, the executive director of the archives said there aren’t many buildings from 1918 that are still around in LaGrange.

The building has housed various businesses throughout the century, including LaGrange National Bank and Citizens and Southern Bank before the archives moved in in 1984.

The building was completed right as World War I ended and the Spanish Influenza outbreak. The world and LaGrange has changed radically since, but the building has stayed through the changing times.

Other major historical buildings that are still from that time include historical Bellevue House and Hills & Dales Estate. The latter was finished in 1916, two years before the building the houses the archives.

While times change and businesses were in and out, it’s still standing, which is an accomplishment to preserving history in downtown LaGrange. A hundred years is a long time for anyone or anything to still be active. For the building to still be utilized and relevant to the community is remarkable.