Image via the Wren’s Nest.
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation announced the recipients of its Callahan Incentive Grant. As part of the program, a total of $5,000 in matching funds was awarded to one historically significant Atlanta site.
The Wren’s Nest, located on Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., is the former home of Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Brer Rabbit stories and the creator of Uncle Remus. It’s now a cultural center that celebrates the author’s legacy of while promoting the art of storytelling, according to trust materials. The site was included on the Georgia Trust’s 2007 Places in Peril list.
Some of the Wren’ Nest’s programs include Beyond Books, a monthly literary reading series, and the Wren’s Nest Scribes, a middle school writing program where students participate in one-on-one mentoring with writing professionals, according to Wren’s Nest materials.
The $5,000 will go toward the reworking of the parking access stairway and bringing the walkway from the parking lot up to code, according to Trust materials. Once completed, the work will provide a safe, welcoming experience for visitors that is architecturally compatible in design.
“The Georgia Trust is grateful to the Callahan family for its generous donation,” Mark McDonald, president and CEO of the Georgia Trust, said in a statement. “We believe the grants contributed by them will help our recipients to accomplish their noteworthy preservation goals.”