Greystone Apartments, a historic building in downtown Rome, Ga., is providing much-needed affordable housing for low-income seniors and disabled residents. Formerly a hotel and then converted to affordable housing in 1993, it underwent comprehensive renovations as part of a second preservation effort.
Greystone Apartments has regional signficance as an example of an early 20th century hotel and apartment building built as a skyscraper exemplifying the aesthetics of the Chicago School led by architect Louis Sullivan. Art Deco and Richardsonian Romanesque styles also influence the building.
Residents can take part in the Art Alive program, which incorporates art therapy, arts and crafts, art education, and social entrepreneurship. The goal of the program is to increase socialization among residents while creating an enjoyable and meaningful environment to interact with the local community through the marketing of Art Alive-sponsored arts and crafts. In addition to art therapy and art education classes, residents have been able to participate in card making, floral arranging, painting, and wreath making.