Famed Chattanooga Architect Was Surrounded By Fine Architecture At His Home Town

Sunday, November 26, 2017 - by John Wilson

It's no wonder that Reuben H. Hunt decided to become an architect. He was surrounded by splendid homes and public buildings at his hometown of Elberton, Ga.

Mr. Hunt made his way to Chattanooga, where he became one of the South's leading architects.

His churches, schools, courthouses and other public buildings can still be found throughout the South.

Some of his finest work remains in his native Elberton, which is a county seat along Highway 72 between Athens, Ga., and Calhoun Falls toward the South Carolina line.

His magnificent Elbert County Courthouse is the centerpiece of his birthplace. It is dominated by a tall clock tower.

Nearby is the Jones Block on the town square - another R.H. Hunt creation.

He also was the architect for the Tate Block at Elberton, but it was burned to the ground not long after it was built.

Another notable Hunt work at Elberton is the First Baptist Church, with its impressive brick tower. A newer church was built next door, and the Hunt sanctuary is now used for a ministry to Hispanics.

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