Built in 1913 as the Empire Life Insurance Building. Reopened in 1917 as the Lamar Building after gutted in 1916 fire. Sullivanesque style. Architects: G. Lloyd Preacher, Augusta and W. L. Stoddard, New York. One of the first office towers in Augusta. Penthouse added 1975 by Senator Eugene Holly, with internationally renowned I. M. Pei as architect. NR