Historic Macon proposes historic registry for Ingleside Neighborhood


The Historic Macon foundation has announced plans to register the Ingleside neighborhood for the National Register of Historic Places this summer. The neighborhood in question would be bordered by Pierce Avenue, Overlook Road, Vineville Avenue, and Forest Hill Road.

There are a multitude of homes in the district that are over the landmark age of at least fifty years old. According to the foundation, almost every building around that age will be included in the paperwork.

The National Register of Historic places is the official list of the United States government of buildings, areas, sites, and  neighborhoods that are deemed historically significant in some form, whether it is culture, architecture, history, or engineering. Ingleside neighborhood’s unique place in Macon would make it a great fit to the ever-growing list of places.

If approved, Ingleside would become the 13th district in Macon to be recognized.

“There are many buildings in the Ingleside area that deserve that status,” said Jennifer Mayer, the Historic Macon Foundation’s
marketing and public relations coordinator. The entire foundation is very excited about what could happen if this is achieved,
saying that it was once called Macon’s Most Beautiful Suburb in 1917 by Louis A. Tharpe, a developer at the time.

Executive director of the Historic Macon Foundation Josh Rogers claims that there are several unique pieces in the district that are worth saving. “Ingleside is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood full of interesting historic buildings.
This area deserves to be recognized at the national level for its beauty and history,” Rogers said.

According to the Historic Macon Foundation, famous architects designed buildings in the area that need to be preserved.
Ellamae Ellis League, William F. Oliphant, J. Neel Reid and W. Elliott Dunwody are all individuals who have unique pieces in

Vickie Hertwig is in charge of the application process, and she has set up fundraising efforts in the community to attain
sponsorships and their ilk. She is the preservation coordinator for Historic Macon.

This designation on the National Register would not be a bad set of circumstances at all for the residents. They would be able
to install large bronze plaques on their property, showing their status. Also, they would become eligible for tax breaks from the
federal government. Property values would increase in the area as well. They would not be subject to any controls or regulations
though, which is a major cause for concern.

The EJ Grassman trust was vital in securing funding for this proposal to occur.