The Building

Firehouse Court Yard BricksIn 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 dba Firehouse Arts Center.

The complex is located in the Downtown Historic District which was listed as a National Historic Landmark in November, 1987. Donations to support the restoration may be made to Firehouse Arts Center, P.O. Box 35, Bainbridge, Georgia 39818.  All donations are tax deductible.