2021-Old Academy of Richmond County, 540 Telfair
Founded in 1783 shortly after the American Revolution, the Academy of Richmond County
has remained as Augusta’s flagship school since then, and is considered the oldest school
in Georgia. In 1802, the school relocated to this building that is well known on Telfair. For
the next 125 years the building remained home of the Academy. Designed by Richard Clarke,
the building was originally a brick Federal Design. By 1856, the building was updated by William
H. Goodrich to become the Tudor-Gothic Revival we see today. Goodrich added the design features
like crenellated parapets, drip moldings, a cast-iron colonnade, and Tudor arches. During the Civil
War the building was repurposed into a hospital. Following the Civil War the Academy reopened in
1868 and remained until 1927. In 1928 the building became the home of the Young Men’s Library
Association for a few years. By 1933 the Augusta Museum moved into the second floor and eventually
would take over the whole building until the 1990s. In 2012 the building housed the offices of a non-profit.
Today the building is vacant and needs new occupants to preserve its historic status. There is a proposal
for a new Georgia Military Museum, but that concept is challenged by insufficient funding.