Museum of Fine Arts
102 South Columbia Street
Please call 478-445-4572 for schedule or for appointment.
The following is an excerpt from an article in Milledgeville Scene magazine written by Daniel McDonald:
When Carlos Herrera began cataloguing -- and in some cases, rediscovering -- the variety of works comprising Georgia College's permanent art collection, he couldn't have known that the venue chosen to share those pieces with the community might reveal the best kept secret of all.
At Georgia College's recently established Museum of Fine Arts, paintings, prints and mixed media cover walls that can just as easily be appreciated for the contribution they make to the cultural experience as a whole. Opened in the former Napier-Underwood residence just inside Milledgeville's Historic District, Georgia College's Museum of Fine Arts opens a landmark example of American architecture to the community as a platform for sharing he college's diverse collection of more than two centuries worth of work from around the world.
"This new use turns the building from a private residence into a public forum where artists from outside the community contribute art and people from the community can come and have an experience," Herrera said. "By bringing art into this building that was designed through architectural eyes, you're bringing something more to the function of the building."
Renowned Atlanta architect Philip Trammell Schutze, whose works run the gamut from private residences to large public buildings, designed the Museum of Fine Arts in 1935. In 1939, Schutze's Greek Revival-influenced design won second place in House & Garden magazine's "Awards in Architecture" competition. The magazine's editors called the house a "triumph of traditional design" that exhibits a "studied refinement of detail."
Located on a corner lot at the intersection of Hancock and South Columbia streets, the Museum of Fine Arts' pastel green metal roof is instantly recognizable. the house addresses Hancock Street with a circular porch erected with Greek Doric columns. A pedimented wall dormer splits two false chimneys above its northern facade.
Although it may not look like it when traveling south into the city on North Columbia, the building's entrance faces west, and is distinguished by a recessed entry porch of columns and pilasters supporting a classic Greek pediment. A trio of arched dormers jutting from the green metal roof crowns its western facade...