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The Bainbridge-Decatur County Arts Council

Fire House Center and Gallery

Mission Statement

The Bainbridge-Decatur County Council for the Arts is committed to the enrichment of community life throught the arts.

The Arts Council offers a wide range of functions and events to the community. The Arts Councilís home, the historic Fire House Center and Gallery, is home to the Southern Artists Cooperative.

Arts Council Vision:

To provide experiences and opportunities for everyone to participate in the enjoyment of
  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Written Word
  • Nature

About the Arts Council

The Bainbridge-Decatur County Council for the Arts, Inc. was created in June of 1992. Thousands of dollars were donated by local citizens and businesses for the renovation of the firehouse complex which would be the future home of the Arts Council.

The building, which includes the firehouse and the public safety building, was purchased from the City of Bainbridge in March of 1995. Since then, The Firehouse Center and Gallery has become a multi-use facility reflecting the compound nature of the community. It is used for exhibits, concerts, meetings, lectures, and other activities.

On February 26, 2007, the Firehouse
Center and Gallery reopened after
a $1 million renovation.

See a 1 minute video of some of the space.

The Arts Council, true to it's mission, offers a wide range of functions and events to the community. In the past, it has received grants for art education in the Decatur County School System, sponsored concerts and cabarets, held readers theaters, displayed exhibits, housed the Georgia Historic Preservation workshop for area teachers, developed an educational series of noon brown-bags, and many other activities. The Council will continue serving the community with an exceptional 1997-98 programming year.

About the Building

In 1914, William Augustus Edwards, a prominent Atlanta architect designed the City Hall and Firehouse in the corner of Crawford and Water Streets in Downtown Bainbridge, Georgia.

Through the years community life revolved about the building as it served as City Hall, Library, and Public Safety Building. From opening day until the last fire truck pulled away, the city depended in the Firehouse for protection of its lives and property.

The building reflects the Mission style architecture popular in the early part of this century for public buildings. Basically made of brick and cast stone, Mission buildings feature shaped parapet walls, arched doorways, classical entrances, and broad overhangs. Many of these public buildings have been razed in the path of progress.

The Bainbridge building is the only example of Mission architecture in this part of the state. Considering the age and numerous changes that have occurred over time, the structure is in good condition. Although generally concealed, original detail is evident throughout.

Now this historic building is assuming a new role in community life as a cultural center. Following renovation and, later, restoration, it will serve as home to the Bainbridge-Decatur County Council for the Arts and the Decatur County Historical Society.

The complex is located in the Downtown Historic District which was listed as a National Historic Landmark in November, 12987.

Copies of the Feasibility Study for Renovation and Restoration of the building conducted by Stanley F. Smith, AIA, ASID, are available at the Southwest Georgia Regional Library.

Donations to support the restoration may be made to the Bainbridge-Decatur County Arts Council, P.O. Box 35, Bainbridge, Georgia 31718. All donations are tax deductible.

This study was funded in part by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historic Chattahoochee Commission.

The Bainbridge-Decatur County Arts Council
P O Box 35   Bainbridge, GA 39818   229-243-1010   web site

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