Built in 1818 as a residence for Nicholas Ware who allegedly spent $40,000 for its construction. Among the finest examples of Federal style architecture in Georgia. Architect and builder unknown. Note curvilinear double stairs to parlor level, intricate classical details on portico, bay windows and cornice. Restored in 1937 by Mrs. Olivia Herbert for the Augusta Art Association as a memorial to her daughter, Gertrude Herbert Dunn. The organization was subsequently named the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. NR