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Dahlonega in Lumpkin County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Price Memorial Building

 
 
Price Memorial Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, August 26, 2021
1. Price Memorial Building Marker
Inscription.  Rising majestically above the Administration Building of North Georgia College, the U.A. Lawson steeple symbolizes the golden heritage of the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County area, which in 1828 was the site of America's first gold strike.

Project Golden Steeple was sponsored by the Dahlonega Club and the North Georgia College Foundation in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of North Georgia College. The college first opened its doors to students on January 6, 1873, with a call to "Whoever will, may come."

Members of the Dahlonega Club, along with other friends and alumni of the college, contributed the nearly $40,000 required to fund the project. Prominent among these donors was U.A. Lawson, class of 1915, whose great generosity assured completion of the project. Guilding of the steeple was begun in 1972 and was completed three months later.

Only native gold was used for leafing the steeple. Of the total 13 ounces required, 11 were taken from the Josephine Mine at nearby Auraria and were donated by the mine's owner, R.D. Hogue. An additional one ounce each was donated by the Grisson Mine of Dahlonega and the Dahlonega-Lumpkin
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Erected upon the foundation of the former U.S. Gold Mint, Price Memorial Building has occupied since 1879 a prominent place in the affairs of the college. The building is named for William Pierce Price, founder of North Georgia College. The original structure, transferred to the state of Georgia in 1871 for educational purposes, served as the college's first building from 1873 until destroyed by fire in 1878. Because of the heavy masonry walls at ground level, the basement of Price Memorial is essentially the same as that of the original mint building erected in 1838.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
 
Location. 34° 31.805′ N, 83° 59.222′ W. Marker is in Dahlonega, Georgia, in Lumpkin County. Marker can be reached from College Circle east of West Main Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 College Cir, Dahlonega GA 30597, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.A. Lawson Steeple (here, next to this marker); William Pierce Price (a few steps from this marker); Dahlonega Mint (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Price Memorial Building (within shouting distance of this marker); North Georgia College Gate
Price Memorial Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, August 26, 2021
2. Price Memorial Building Marker
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Holly Theatre (about 700 feet away); Dahlonega Stories (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Dahlonega Stories (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dahlonega.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. This page has been viewed 221 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 27, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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