The Architecture of Fitzgerald

The unique blend of pioneers who settled Fitzgerald represented architectural viewpoints as divergent as their backgrounds. The "Four-Square" layout of the city and our designated historic districts lend themselves to showcasing our rich heritage.  
 The Historic Downtown Commercial District is a National Register Designee boasting numerous building styles. Several of these genres had previously peaked in popularity elsewhere, but were apparently fondly remembered by our Fitzgerald builders.
Most common among Downtown buildings is the typical turn-of-the-century Commercial Storefront, wherein an ornamental cornice caps the building; double-hung windows light the upper stories; pilasters define the structural bays; and a continuous lintel seperates the upper (often residential) floors from the storefront.

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Gothic Revival

This commercial building was once home to "Everybody's Favorite Shoe Store". Though built in the early twentieth century, it exhibits characteristics popular during America's gothic revival period from 1830 - 1860. The style herein characterized by a turret, battlement top, and hints of buttressing above the second-story windows.

116 S Grant

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Spanish Mission Revival

 the A,B, & A Railroad Depot was built at the turn of the century, during the height of American Spanish Mission Revival. The sole distinguishing characteristic of this style is the Spanish mission typical roof parapet with heavy coping. These parapets are generaly reminiscent of those on the Alamo. Original Ludiwici clay tiles are another distinctive feature of the depot.
A,B, & A Railroad Depot (Currently City Hall) 116 N Johnston Street

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Italianate style was prevalent in America from 1840 to 1880. The Garbutt-Donovan Building, constructed in the early twentieth century reflects many of the elements of that style. It features large ornamental brackets under the eaves, heavy crowns over the first-story windows, embellished mouldings, and upper-story windows which are double-hung in pairs with caps and seals. 
202 E Pine

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Victorian Eclectic

  This former bank building, built at the turn-of-the-century, exhibits characteristics of a Victorian eclecticism prevalent in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Architectural elements of note on this multi-hued, marble front edifice include a roofline balustrade and parapet; rustificated storefront; Doric cloumns, and a rounded arch with voussoir keystone.

114 S Grant

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