MACON, Ga. — James Caldwell said he stumbled upon his house on Napier Avenue back in 1989 and it was love at first sight.
Three decades later, he says it's the history behind the architecture that keeps his love going strong.
"1917, according to the records that I've seen. Back to the paperwork it said 1917, so it's virtually 100 years old -- 100 plus," Caldwell said.
Caldwell's house, along with many others in Napier Heights, have stood the test of time, with some even dating back into the 1800s.
Caldwell says it gives the area a certain charm.
"My key phrase is that many of the homes are architectural gems. They don't build houses like this. The woodwork is very interesting and sort of has English influence I think, I was really attracted to that," Caldwell said.
Preserving the architectural history is why Caldwell is in full support of Napier Heights becoming Macon's 15th historic district.
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"One thing, it's going to improve the neighborhood, offer distinction and give value to its historic merit," Caldwell said.
Once the Napier Heights Historic District is approved, owners could apply for a tax credit to help pay for home repairs, which Caldwell says will improve the neighborhood tremendously.
"All they need is love and care, and a few thousand dollars," Caldwell said.
To learn more about the history of Napier Heights and its process of becoming a historic district, staff members from the Historic Macon Foundation will host the meeting at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the A.L. Miller Village Apartments on Montpelier Avenue on Tuesday.