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Gertrude Herbert Art Institute

  • Also Known As: Nicholas Ware House

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

Wares Folly

Completed in 1818 for the exorbitant sum of $40000, the Nicolas Ware House, Ware's Folly, is an architectural showplace in Augusta. Nicholas Ware, mayor of Augusta and United States senator, built this grand Federal-style house which now is the home of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. The house has a simple four room, center hall plan with four end chimneys and a handsome portico, bays, and oval stairway. The home's fluted pilasters, elegant bay windows, and three-story elliptical staircase were attractions to visitors when it was built and still enthrall tourists today. - NPS



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Ware,Nicholas Significant name

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Particulars for Gertrude Herbert Art Institute:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Architectural Style Federal
Level of Significance National
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling
Area of Significance Social History

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 20th March 1973

Registry Name: Gertrude Herbert Art Institute
Registry Address: 506 Telfair St.
Registry Number: 73000641
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Federal
Contributing Buildings: 1
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Architecture, Social history
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering, Person
Period of Significance: 1800-1824
Significant Year: 1818
Associated People: Ware,Nicholas
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Commerce, Trade
Current Sub-Function: Organizational Museum

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