Tech students to survey Haralson buildings Saturday

By W. WINSTON SKINNER Historic Haralson will be getting a close look from some Georgia Institute of Technology students on Saturday. Dr. Leslie N. Sharp, assistant dean at Tech's College of Architecture, will be bringing a team of students to the southeast Coweta town on Saturday.
Sharp contacted Haralson Mayor Ted Bateman about the project, which will result in a survey of the structures in Haralson. Sharp's students -- 15 to 20 of them -- will meet at Haralson's City Hall about 10 a.m. Saturday. Sharp said the group will divide into four or five teams. They will then fan out across the town where they will complete a survey form on each building in the city limits. The survey form will include an architectural description and history of each structure and a determination of eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places. Students will be instructed to stay on public rights-of-way, but team members may talk to residents or occupants if they are interested. Unless they are surveying a public building or commercial establishment, the students will not go inside. If residents are present, students may ask questions about when the structure was built, who built it and changes, additions and renovations. On Tuesday, the class will gather to talk about their findings. They will discuss what everyday buildings, sites and objects reveal about a town and what constitutes a cultural resource. What preservation opportunities are available in Haralson will be discussed, as will options for how the city, residents and local business owners can best utilize their cultural resources.

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