2015 — Bayou Building, 904 Broad Street
Address: 904 Broad Street
Owner: Privately Owned
History and Significance:
Known most recently as the Bayou Bar and Eatery and gutted by fire in 2001, all that remains is the Broad Street and Ellis Street facades in this half of a double facade building. Sanborn Fire Insurance maps indicate the building was constructed in the 1890s and is two stories with an iron storefront. The building is a good example of late 19th century commercial architectural style with an ornate cornice and parapet. The second story window openings have masonry lintels and keystones. Although the property will require significant amount of reinvestment to construct all new framing and roofing, it may still be able to be certified as a historic structure by the National Park Service. Most importantly, Historic Augusta would like to see the Broad Street façade maintained to prevent a gap in the streetscape which will be difficult to replace.
Threat: Property is open to elements, demolition by neglect
Potential Uses: Retail business, restaurant, office space, or income producing residential apartment units
Preservation Tools: (1) A contributing resource in the Augusta Downtown Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is therefore eligible for all programs of the National Register which include available grant funds and tax incentives for certified rehabilitations; (2) located in the Augusta Downtown Local Historic District which means that any alteration to the exterior, including demolition, should be approved by the Augusta Richmond County Historic Preservation Commission