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Historic Preservation Commission

About the Historic Preservation Commission

The first major step taken by Cobb County toward protecting its past was the passage of a countywide historic preservation ordinance in 1984. This ordinance was the first of its kind in Georgia. The ordinance established the Cobb County Historic Preservation Commission. Read the Cobb County Historic Preservation Ordinance.

The Preservation Commission is made up of five county residents who are appointed by the Board of Commissioners. Members of the Preservation Commission possess interest and knowledge that qualify them to recommend specific buildings, districts, sites, structures or works of art to receive historical designation. They make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.

Commission Members

M. Christopher Baldwin – Appointed by Chairman Mike Boyce (At-Large)

Born in Atlanta, Georgia while my father was at Georgia Tech. He became an Architect in the early 60’s. So, our Family got our roots under a Father who as an Architect taught us many things about Design & Construction. He hired me to work when I was 15 and I got to design my first home a short time later. I also went to Georgia Tech and studied there for my Bachelor’s & Master’s Degree in Architecture. And of course, Architectural History is required as a major part of our studies in Architecture. Also during College, my wife & I went to Europe for a Study Abroad which gave us so many insights into the Architectural History of our world. That was a wonderful experience.

In 1984 my dad & I formed our own Architectural Practice here in Atlanta and I learned so many things about the Business world along with making our Designs come to Life.

We have lived in East Cobb since 1994 where all our sons graduated from High School. My wife is currently on the City of Kennesaw’s Historic Preservation Board and we have worked on numerous Historic Projects during our career in the Architectural Market.

Abbie Parks – Appointed by Commissioner Keli Gambrill (District 1)

As an advocate for community service and involvement, Abbie has assumed leadership positions in the small town environment of Acworth with her primary focus in historic preservation and regionally responsible development and growth. She was honored as Acworth Citizen of the Year in 2002.

Active with Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society, Inc., Abbie serves as chair of the Board of Trustees and is editor of The Landmarker, the Society’s bi-monthly newsletter. She also docents at the Society's house museum, the Root House, and often can be found there cooking on the home's 1850s wood stove.

Abbie serves as Chairman of Cobb County’s Historic Preservation Commission and Advisory Committee for Kennesaw State University’s Center for Regional History and Culture. With an avid interest in architecture, Abbie is a member of Vernacular Georgia and has served on its Board of Directors and as editor of their newsletter, The Monitor. Heritage tourism piqued her interest several years ago and Abbie chairs the Acworth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She has also co-authored two local pictorial essays on regional history.

Abbie works as a community education advocate with her volunteer educational efforts including being a founding member of the Acworth Elementary Mentoring Program; liaison for North Cobb High School Local Area Studies Advancement Program for eight years; and Program Coordinator for The Georgia Trust’s Talking Walls Program for Cobb County.

She and her husband, Boyd, restored the 1879 vernacular Victorian home of James and Emma Alice McMillan on Main Street in 1995.

Cal Dortch – Appointed by Commissioner Bob Ott (District 2)

Cal Dortch is a resident of Vinings with community activities including board member of Vinings Historic Preservation Society and Vinings Homeowners Association. As current president of the non-profit corporation, Vinings Community Conservation Alliance, he has helped design and support a master community plan which is now being implemented. His business career was with a national financial firm and included marketing and development positions in New York, Washington, DC, and Atlanta. In addition, he is retired from the US Navy following duty that included air intercept officer, admiral's staff, and a member of a reserve intelligence unit. He is a graduate of Ole Miss and the Columbia University's Executive Development Program.

Rose Wing – Appointed by Commissioner JoAnn Birrell (District 3)

Rose Wing is a native of Cobb County and has served as Vice Chair of the Cobb County Historic Preservation Commission since 2013. She has a deep, abiding love for history – having earned a BA degree in History, as well as a Juris Doctor degree.

She is a longtime member of Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society. Her service to that organization includes two terms as Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Rose is a retired Cobb County Assistant District Attorney and is now in private practice in Marietta.

She is active in the Cobb County community and serves on Boards relating to historic preservation, education, children’s issues, and community concerns. She serves as an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Marietta. Her hobbies include traveling and playing with her Border Collie, Charlie.

Geraldine (Gerri) Aldridge – Appointed by Lisa Cupid (District 4)

Geraldine (Gerri) Aldridge is an educator, entrepreneur, motivator and mentor to children and adults! She has worked in several counties in Georgia, including Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, as well as Atlanta Public Schools. After receiving BA and Med degrees from Temple University, she continued her education in Georgia by receiving another Med in Special Education from University of West Georgia in 2011. Gerri is also certified to teach English as a second language (ESOL). She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, a member of the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) and a member of the Georgia Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Gerri discovered her passion for mentoring others to succeed while working at IBM in Atlanta in the mid 80’s as an administrative assistant. She was given the opportunity to speak to small and large groups of people on how to market themselves in the work force. This was a time when several hundred employees were furloughed from IBM. After leaving IBM in 1994, Gerri decided to re-enter the educational field. As a result, she continues to teach, develop and motivate leaders. She is currently collaborating with a friend on several motivational speaking opportunities!

Gerri enjoys gardening, reading, creative writing and cooking great food for friends and family. For the past two years, Gerri supports the arts by volunteering at the Cobb Energy Center (CEPAC), the Rialto Theater and the Alliance Theater as an usher. In her community, she has volunteered as a child advocate (CASA) Cobb County Juvenile Court and as a Director, Community Involvement, Griffin Middle School in Cobb County. She is currently the Volunteer Coordinator of the Riverline Historic Area Preservation Committee in Cobb County and a member of the American Alliance of Museums. Gerri was recently appointed to the Cobb County Historic Preservation Commission as a member representing District 4 by Commissioner Lisa Cupid. She resides in Cobb County with her husband, Michael. Gerri can be reached on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Preservation Commission Meeting Dates

The HPC public hearing meetings are held at 100 Cherokee Street, 2nd Floor, Marietta, GA.
All Historic Preservation Commission work sessions and public hearings are open to the public and begin at 6:00 pm. Meetings follow the Roberts Rules of Order and are recorded when possible. Please call ahead if special hearing/physical accommodations are required.

County Preservation Planner: 770-528-2010

Meeting Information
Date, 2019 Meeting Type Agenda Link
November 12, 2018 Work Session/Public Hearing Nov 2018
December 10, 2018 CANCELLED N/A
January 14 CANCELLED N/A
February 11 Work Session/Public Hearing Feb 2019
March 11 Work Session/Public Hearing Mar 2019
April 8 Work Session/Public Hearing April 2019
May 13 Work Session/Public Hearing May 2019
June 10 Work Session/Public Hearing June 2019
July 8 Work Session/Public Hearing July 2019
August 12 Work Session/Public Hearing Aug 2019
September  Work Session/Public Hearing Sept 2019
October 14 Work Session/Public Hearing  
November 12* Work Session/Public Hearing  
December 9 Work Session/Public Hearing  

 

*Date rescheduled due to holiday