Lamar Building

The Lamar Building is a 17-story skyscraper in Augusta, Georgia. It was scheduled to be completed in 1916, but the Augusta Fire of 1916 forced crews to demolish the building and restart. It was finally completed in 1918. A penthouse level was added in 1976, designed by I. M. Pei. In July 2011, the architectural critic James Howard Kunstler labeled it his "Eyesore of the Month", saying the addition is reminiscent of a Darth Vader helmet.[2]

Lamar Building
The Lamar Building is the tallest building in this picture of the downtown Augusta skyline.
General information
Location753 Broad Street, Augusta, Georgia
OwnerRDC Properties, LLC
Roof238 ft (72.5 m)
Technical details
Floor count17
Design and construction
ArchitectI.M. Pei & Partners; G. Lloyd Preacher; William Lee Stoddart
Lamar Building
Lamar Building is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Lamar Building
Lamar Building is located in the United States
Lamar Building
Location753 Broad St., Augusta, Georgia
Coordinates33°28′31″N 81°57′54″W / 33.47528°N 81.96500°W / 33.47528; -81.96500Coordinates: 33°28′31″N 81°57′54″W / 33.47528°N 81.96500°W / 33.47528; -81.96500
Area0.35 acres (0.1 ha)
ArchitectG. Lloyd Preacher, W.L. Stoddard
NRHP reference No.79000744[1]
Added to NRHPApril 24, 1979

Pei's addition presaged the glass pyramid he designed for The Loeuvre in Paris.[3]

The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Fire Insurance maps indicate a height of 165' (50 m) to the top of the roof at the 16th floor, just beneath the penthouse addition.

It was the tallest building in Augusta ever since it was built. The SunTrust Bank Building stands next to the Lamar Building and has been called its "sister building".[4]

The Lamar Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ James Howard Kunstler, Eyesore of the Month Archived 2011-12-02 at the Wayback Machine, July 2011
  3. ^ "Lamar Building". Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  4. ^ Lamar Building, Augusta, U.S.A. Retrieved 2010-08-07