Chesser Williams House

Chesser Williams House

Gwinnett County, GA

The Chesser-Williams house is an extraordinary historic resource that is unique in rural Georgia. The house is a classic vernacular example of an I-house configuration built circa 1880. 

It features subtle Greek Revival features, such as boxed eave returns and a frieze board. Only minor alterations have occurred on the house since the late 1800s, however, the house is in need of immediate conservation in order to preserve its character-defining features. Lord Aeck Sargent was commissioned to work with the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center to perform a condition assessment and develop a preservation plan for the restoration and conservation of the historic Chesser-Williams House.

The most unusual feature of the house is the interior finishes, which include surprisingly well-preserved interior folk art painting in both the parlor and central hall. The folk art painting was done freehand by an itinerant painter back in the 1890s.

Our team collaborated with Frank Welsh of Welsh Color and Conservation on an initial paint analysis which determined that the house had a fairly elaborate paint scheme. While well-preserved, the paintings are covered with years’ of dirt and dust buildup. Together, we are recommendations for conservation and preservation of the historic finishes and the wood frame structure.

Future Phases of the project may include moving the House to the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center and restoring the building so it can be used as and an interpretive museum.

 

Practice Areas

Public Buildings
Preservation Planning