Historic house spared demolition, being moved to Wesleyan

May 1, 2013 

The historic James Hyde Porter House at 2910 Allen Road in Macon, will be spared demolition.

The French-chateau-inspired Normandy-style home was built in 1927 and belonged to James Hyde Porter, a prominent citizen and Macon philanthropist.

The home is being saved thanks to a partnership between Wesleyan College, Historic Macon Foundation and the James Hyde Porter Charitable Trust.

The house will be placed on steel rails and moved by truck to its new location on Wesleyan’s campus in early June, according to a news release from the college. The restoration of the house is being funded by a grant from the Porter Trust.

About a year ago, trustees at Porterfield Baptist Church, which maintained the house, reluctantly voted to demolish it. Upkeep on the house became to costly for the church.

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