IN PROGRESS: 101 N. Ashley Street
Located on the northeast comer of North Ashley Street and East Hill Avenue, the "Smith Drug & Seed Company" Building has stood the test of time. Although this building was vacant for many years, it is currently being rehabilitated by Clinton Beeland for the corporate headquarters office of his company, CJB Industries.
The Smith Drug & Seed Company Building was built circa 1890, during a building boom in Valdosta brought on by the lucrative Sea Island Cotton trade. A two-story, masonry building with flat composition roof, this building features elements of the Victorian Commercial architectural style, and is rectangular in plan. An ornate Queen Anne-styled cornice and pediment wa once located at the top of this building's front facade, but was removed sometime in the 1940s, probably in an attempt to "modernize" the building. The front facade currently features two store fronts: one recessed and one flat. Exterior walls of tl1e building feature common bond brick on all facades, with decorative brickwork on the front and south side elevations, such as corbelling, rusticated brick belt courses, and window hoods. The original two-over-two, single-hung sash, wood windows still exist in the building, and are currently being restored.
A contributing resource within the Valdosta Local Historic District, as well as the Valdosta Commercial Historic District (listed in the National Register of Historic Places), the Smith Drug & Seed Company Building is similar to other tum-of-the-twentieth-century buildings in downtown Valdosta in terms of scale, proportion, setbacks, materials, and style. Former uses of the building include: a saloon, the Smith Drug & Seed Company, Friedlander's department store, South Georgia Pawnbrokers pawn shop, as well as several professional offices. The offices on the second floor once served private detectives and attorneys, who likely frequented Valdosta City Hall, which used to be located across East Hill Avenue from this building.
This building is important to the heritage of downtown, as it signifies the architectural, commercial, and developmental history of Valdosta. Contextually, the Smith Drug & Seed Company Building provides authentic character and continuity of historic fabric along the North Ashley Street downtown corridor.