Hay House is an 18,000-square-foot mansion built between 1855 and 1859 for Macon entrepreneur William Butler Johnston. It was designed in the Italian Renaissance Revival style by New York architect Thomas Thomas and was far ahead of other mansions of the day in its refinements and technological innovations.
Because of its architectural and technological significance, Hay House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. In 1974 the House was named as a National Historic Landmark, and in 2000 it was named an American Treasure.
In 1977 the P. L. Hay Foundation conveyed the Hay House to The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. The Trust is committed to its careful maintenance, authentic restoration, and accurate interpretation.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hay House is now closed to visitors. As a result, our primary sources of revenue, visitors and rental events, are suspended. In the meantime, we are continuing to work to maintain the House and its contents in anticipation of reopening to the public.
A primary project during closure is the repair and restoration of the magnificent Seasons of the Vineyard stained glass window, one of the House’s great treasures. The window is damaged due to age and weather. At this point, we are asking for your contributions to aid in this restoration of this incredible work of art. The estimated cost of this project is $65,000. Any amount you care to give, large or small, will be genuinely appreciated.
Seasons of the Vineyard Window
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Address934 Georgia Ave