Preserve Griffin is the preservation fund of the Griffin-Spalding Historical Society that was started in February 2015 in response to the proposed demolition of Griffin’s second hospital, commonly referred to as the Haisten’s Building. Through the combined efforts of the GSHS, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Home Depot, and the community, the proposed demolition of the building was ceased and a buyer for the building is now being sought. Realizing the need of the GSHS’s active involvement in the restoration of Spalding County’s historic structures, the organization is currently accepting donations to stabilize other historic structures through the formation of an ongoing revolving fund. Click here to make a donation to help save other historic buildings in need, by donating to our Preserve Griffin Revolving Fund campaign!
About the Haisten’s Building Preserve Griffin Campaign
Built in 1910 as Griffin’s second hospital, it replaced an antebellum wooden house used as Griffin’s first hospital on the site of old city hall at 6th and Solomon. When the first hospital was demolished to build city hall, materials were reused to build the second hospital located on Meriwether Street, and plans were donated for the structure by architect Harlason Bleckley. At the time of construction, the building’s estimated value was $25,000, but was built for $15,000 thanks to the reuse of materials and generosity of local banks. This building served as Griffin’s Hospital and Nurse’s Dormitory until the 1930’s, when Strickland Memorial was purchased by the city from Dr. Hunt (located at 8th and West College). At that time, the Haisten’s family purchased the building and operated Haisten’s Brothers Funeral Home until the mid 1990’s. The building stood vacant for several decades, and was slated for demolition by the city in the April 2015. Click here to see a YouTube video of the interior of the Haisten’s Building.
In 2015, the Haisten’s Building was named to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Places in Peril List, as one of the top 10 buildings to save in Georgia. The Griffin-Spalding Historical Society and the community rallied to raise funds to stabilize the exterior through a GoFundMe campaign, collecting over $15,000 plus material donations from local businesses, which effectively stopped the proposed demolition of the building. In addition, Griffin’s Home Depot store coordinated a Team Depot work weekend, bringing over 200 volunteers from 10 different Home Depot stores to repair the exterior of the structure. The building is currently for sale through the GA Trust’s revolving fund.