Historic building passes structural inspection after car crash
by Rachel Miller
July 18, 2013 12:05 AM | 2176 views | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Acworth Police keep residents away from the unstable entrance of a historical building at 4378 Northside Drive after an elderly man demolished the front entrance with his vehicle July 11.
Acworth Police keep residents away from the unstable entrance of a historical building at 4378 Northside Drive after an elderly man demolished the front entrance with his vehicle July 11.
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ACWORTH — Police tape has been removed and roads are open, but a historic building in downtown Acworth is in serious need of repairs after an elderly couple crashed into it last week.

On July 11, William Brown, 75, of Dallas, drove his 2008 Jeep Liberty into the facade of a building at 4378 Northside Drive.

Officers arrived to see a Jeep “sitting partially inside the business with extensive damage to the vehicle and building,” said Acworth Police Capt. Mark Cheatham.

Brown’s wife, Mary Brown, 75, was injured in the crash and transported to Kennestone Hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported, Cheatham said.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated, and no other vehicles were involved.

“We will examine what we uncover and then make any decisions in regards to possible citations,” Cheatham said.

Structural damage

City engineers and the Cobb County Fire Department inspected the building the evening of the crash.

Assistant City Manager Brandon Douglas said no official report was filed, but the building has no structural damage and is not in jeopardy of falling down.

Douglas said the following day the owner of the building, Tom Bretheron, boarded up the hole in the wall to ensure no more bricks would fall into the street.

Acworth’s building official, Loyd Fasselt, found that measures were sufficient and all adjacent roads were opened Friday.

There are no further concerns with the interior of the building that would involve the city.

“The restoration of the building is a private matter between the building owner and the driver of the vehicle that caused the damage,” said Alderman Tim Richardson, who also is the city’s liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission.

The building is valued at $139,740, according the Cobb County Tax Assessor’s Office website.

Historic building

The Historic Acworth Antiques shop was not an operating business at the time of the crash. Calls to the owners were not returned.

The building is across the railroad tracks from Main Street, near City Hall in Acworth’s Downtown Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The book, “Images of America: Acworth,” says that in 1885, a wooden structure on the site across Cherokee Street housed the H.W. Kitchen and H.M. Williams general merchandise store. In the 1930s, the book reports, Acworth Laundry was located in the brick building later built on the site, and Conway-Noland Toys moved there in the 1940s.

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HPC Enthusiast
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July 18, 2013
Hopefully the City/DDA will offer a facade grant to assist in the repairs of this historically significant building in Acworth...or better yet, perhaps all those photographers who used this building as a prop for personal profit without any compensation to the property owners will step up and provide some financial assistance to repair the front facade. Just a thought...
Joe Bozemsn
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July 18, 2013
Another thought, why does the government need to step in. I am sure insurance will pay for these repairs.
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