One of the few remaining buildings original to Fort Gordon met its end July 26 when Quarters 1, the home of the commanding general, was torn down to make way for a new residence.
"We had to ask, 'Would it be better to renovate or replace it,'" said Harry Bloomer, the project manager for GMH Military House, the company overseeing the privatization of on-post housing.
As part of the plan, 310 houses will be constructed and others will be renovated.
The lakeside cottage that served as the commander's home was built in 1937 as a summer retreat for the Boardman family of Augusta. The home overlooks Boardman Lake.
There are only a handful of residents in the neighborhood. All are top officials at Fort Gordon, including Brig. Gen. Donald M. Bradshaw, the commander of Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, and the garrison commander, Col. John Holwick.
The Boardman cottage was converted to officers' quarters in 1941 when Fort Gordon was established. The house had about 2,700 square feet and small rooms.
The commander's new house, with about 4,700 square feet, will be more conducive to entertaining VIPs who visit Fort Gordon, according to Bloomer. It will be built on the same spot as the Boardman cottage, and its architecture will be in keeping with the former lake house, with lots of windows and a deck on the back.
Brig. Gen. Randy Strong and his wife, and Lori Strong, former occupants of the commander's quarters, offered their ideas for the new residence, Bloomer said.
"They suggested a lot of public areas of the house, and in the kitchen they suggested two dishwashers, a larger food storage area and a larger area to store dishes. Construction of the new house is slated to begin as soon as site preparation is complete.
Bloomer said plans are to have the house ready for post commander Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Foley and his wife, Beth, by the holidays.
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