Famed Chattanooga Architect Was Surrounded By Fine Architecture At His Home Town

by John Wilson

It’s no wonder that Reuben H. Hunt decided to become an architect. He was surrounded by splendid homes and public buildings in his hometown of Elberton, Ga.

Mr. Hunt made his way to Chattanooga, where he became one of the South’s leading architects.

His churches, schools, courthouses and other public buildings can still be found throughout the South.

Some of his finest work remains in his native Elberton, which is a county seat along Highway 72 between Athens, Ga., and Calhoun Falls toward the South Carolina line.

His magnificent Elbert County Courthouse is the centerpiece of his birthplace. It is dominated by a tall clock tower.

Nearby is the Jones Block on the town square – another R.H. Hunt creation.

He also was the architect for the Tate Block at Elberton, but it was burned to the ground not long after it was built.