Forsyth County flying saucer home receives demolition reprieve

Demolition delayed for Forsyth County's Barker House

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A family fighting to save a famous home in Forsyth County has been granted 6 months to try to stop its demolition.

The Forsyth County News reports that the family of architect Jim Barker handed over the house and surrounding land to the county in 2003 for $1.8 million.

11Alive has learned that the intention at the time was to have the unusual saucer-shaped home used for administrative offices or a public building of some kind.

The family claimed it was in perfect condition when the ownership changed but it has since been vandalized and damaged.

The Forsyth County News spoke with Public Facilities Director Dennis Daniel who said the windows had to be boarded up making it extremely dark and added that there was broken glass and even hypodermic needles on the floor.

The paper adds that a Georgia Tech study explained that an additional lobby and handicap accessible elevator would have to be added to bring the odd building up to code.

Now the county wants to demolish the house but it agreed on Tuesday to give the family half a year to come up with some alternatives to try to save this home.
 

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