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Adel's Chamber of Commerce

Jerry Connell Jerry Connell
ADEL, GA (WALB) - We're set up in front of a landmark building in downtown Adel. It's home to the Chamber of Commerce now, but it was built in 1930 to house the Southwest Georgia Melon Growers Association, and they put their stamp on the building- literally.

"We believe that we are the only building certainly in the state of Georgia and possibly even in the United States that actually uses watermelons in its architectural motif.

That diamond shape, in conjunction with the watermelon in the middle, uses the logo of the Southwest Georgia Melon Growers Association," said Chamber President Jerry Connell.

And even 85 years ago, that association put stickers with the logo on south Georgia melons. For years, the city put a huge live Christmas tree on the roof each holiday season. That ended up causing damage and leaks.

Last year, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation put the building on its 10 Places in Peril list. Since then, the chamber raised money to do some repairs and put in new vintage-style windows.

They're now considering other options for the upper floors. Everything from a hotel or apartments to government offices.

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