Morrow Old Town

Morrow, Georgia

Mike directed the master plan and design of a new downtown for the City of Morrow, Georgia while with Pond & Co. As the prosperous and sprawling home of Clayton State University, Spivey Hall (an internationally acclaimed small concert hall) and the new Georgia Archives, Morrow did not, until recently, have a traditional downtown area. Many local people felt that they had to go 'somewhere else' for hometown amenities. Old Town was envisioned as a place for entertainment and shopping close to home.

With a very interesting concept, authenticity was imported to this site in two approaches; the first approach was to use first quality site development of an historic context and the second, uniquely, to create a repository for endangered historic structures from around the South. To that extent the downtown area has numerous homes, some quite large, that are over 100 years old and would have been lost to development in their original sites. These include a high-Victorian house, a Greek revival antebellum mansion from Napier Street in Macon, a 6000 square foot plantation / farm house, the home place of an early Georgia governor, and a replica of Tara from Gone With the Wind.

In addition, Old Town proper does not allow automobiles, keeping the streets for pedestrians, while the area surrounding the historic district is dedicated to mixed uses including ground level retail and office with residential above.


The town green is surrounded by historic structures imported from endangered sites around the South.


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