Architecture Overview

"The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines."
 - Frank Lloyd Wright, New York Times, Oct. 4, 1953



Fitzgerald is one of Georgia's most fascinating cities. It is filled with significant historical architecture which reflects its founding in 1895 by Philander H. Fitzgerald, a union Veteran's pension lawyer from Indiana who was seeking a warm, receptive area of the country where aging Union veterans and their families could retire in comfort.

The architecture throughout the City represents 100 years of architectural development. Even more interesting, it represents the grand diversity of the settlers who came from across the country to settle here and build a community, representing a total of 38 states and two territories: 60% from the Midwest, 35% from the South and 5% from other states. They came with names like Mosher, Ebzea, MacDonald, Anvich, Alphonso, Van Dyke, Abraham and Kuhn. These diverse heritages are strikingly represented in the built environment of this "magic city."

The unique blend of pioneers who settled Fitzgerald represented architectural viewpoints as divergent as their backgrounds. As a true planned city, Fitzgerald’s four-square ward layout featured commercial and residential lots and dedicated school and park acreage. Fitzgerald’s eclectic architectural styles include: Gothic Revival, Italianate, Spanish Mission Revival, Victorian Eclectic, Beaux Arts, Art Deco, Prarie, Colonial Revival, Neo-Classical Revival, Mid-West T and Half T, Queen Anne, Four Square, Craftsman, Pueblo Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, and many a variation in between.

Legend even has it that Northern settlers inverted the federal shield in their gable vents, from one side of the house to the other to show  they had rolled over and become Southerners.