Sumter Historic Trust

Dear Friend(s),

On behalf of the Sumter Historic Trust Board of Directors, I am writing to inform you about a proposed bridge replacement in our historic district.  The Ga Department of Transportation is conducting surveys on the South Lee Street Bridge adjacent to Calvary Episcopal Church and many other historic properties in Americus. 

Calvary was designed by early 20th Century American Architect Ralph Adams Cram and is of local, statewide and national significance.  Mr. Cram is also responsible for, among many others, designing the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City.  Calvary was recently named to the Georgia Trust’s 2017 “Places in Peril” list.  We, as the Sumter Historic Trust, care deeply about this historic area of our town and strive to keep its structural integrity intact as Calvary Episcopal Church is one of our most beloved historic treasures.

Many of you live within or near the proposed project area, and/or own properties that would be adversely affected by this project, and/or are passionate about the preservation of our historic district.  On behalf of the SHT board, I wrote a letter to the Ga DOT stressing our strong opposition to the elevation and/or widening of the bridge August 23, 2016 because of its gross negative impact on our historic district. 

Please join us in our efforts to spearhead our local movement by signing the attached petition.  We will be sending the petitions received, a joint petition signed by all members of the SHT board and another letter to the Ga DOT. 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself or any member of the SHT Board of Directors.  Thank you in advance for your help in this matter.

Sincerely yours,

Jessi Simmons, President

Sumter Historic Trust