Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art

Gertrude Herbert Art Institute
Location 506 Telfair St., Augusta, Georgia
Coordinates 33°28′11″N 81°57′40″W / 33.46972°N 81.96111°W / 33.46972; -81.96111Coordinates: 33°28′11″N 81°57′40″W / 33.46972°N 81.96111°W / 33.46972; -81.96111
Built 1818
Architectural style Federal
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP March 20, 1973

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art is located in Augusta, Georgia, in the home of former Augusta Mayor and United States Senator Nicholas Ware. Olivia Herbert founded the Institute in 1937. The original name for the Institute was the Augusta Art Club; it was later renamed in memorial to Olivia Herbert's daughter, Gertrude Herbert Dunn. The two primary missions of the Institute are art education and visual arts exhibition.

Education activity

Facilitating the art education mission of the Institute is a certification by the Georgia Council of Arts as a Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) provider current as of 2007.[2] Among other certified providers is Emory University.

Ware's Folly: The building housing the Institute

Construction of the home in which the Institute is housed was completed in 1818. The building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3] The building bears the nickname Ware's Folly, which derives from the high cost of the construction, $40,000 in 1818 or c. $12,000,000 in 2007, and the extravagant interior detailing.[4]



  1. National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. "Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) Grant" (PDF). Georgia Council for the Arts (Georgia State government). 30 August 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
  3. "GEORGIA - Richmond County" (Index Listing). National Register of Historic Places. United States Federal Government. 26 January 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
  4. Wanda Ware DeGidio (25 April 2008). "Ware Family History". Retrieved 2007-08-01.
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