Archer helps Cartersville's downtown buildings maintain their historic integrity
by Marie Nesmith
Sep 09, 2013 | 2163 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As chairperson of the Cartersville Historic Preservation Commission, Daneise Archer enjoys helping the city retain its historic charm.

Appointed by the Cartersville City Council, the HPC hears and approves requests from property owners residing in historic districts wishing to change the exterior of their buildings. Cartersville’s five historic districts, which include Cherokee-Cassville, Downtown Business District, Granger Hill, Olde Town and West End, feature more than 600 properties, with some dating back to the 1800s.

“Seeing the results of our work gives the most enjoyment,” Archer said. “Just look at downtown Cartersville, for instance. The buildings were a hodgepodge of attempts at modernizing the city.

“The HPC has aided businesses in returning the buildings to their original designs, creating a warm, inviting downtown. The neighborhoods that are a part of HPC governance are rescued from deterioration by the standards of the Historic Preservation Ordinance enacted by City Council. The results speak for themselves.”

Name: Daneise Archer

Age: 66

City of residence: Cartersville

Family: Russell Archer, 34 years; daughters/sons-in-law/grandchildren: Angela and Sam Shropshire/Jessie Bosley, Savannah Bosley, Mary Madison Shropshire, John Shropshire; Rebecca and John Rhodes/Cameron Rhodes, Hannah Rhodes

Occupation: President, Arco Ideas & Design Inc.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of West Georgia

Describe your job and what led you to this line of work?

A: When I was an officer of a bank in Atlanta, I had to train a man to be my boss. I quit to find equal pay for equal work. I began selling printing, corporate image development to financial institutions.

What do you enjoy most about your line of work?

A: Discovering the goals of our clients and exceeding their expectations.

Describe the overall purpose and function of theCartersville Historic Preservation Commission?

A: The Cartersville Historic Preservation Commission is appointed by the Cartersville City Council to interpret and implement the Historic Preservation Ordinance. This means that we work with homeowners and business owners in trying to maintain the historical integrity of buildings in each of the historic preservation districts in Cartersville.

As chairperson of the Cartersville Historic Preservation Commission, what are your responsibilities?

A: I preside over our monthly meetings at City Hall. During those meetings, I help property owners find the most effective ways of updating their properties without detracting from the historical significance.

What is your greatest professional and/or personal achievement?

A: My greatest achievement is leaving an imprint on the next generation through work with children. My precious grandchildren, the children of “Every Child Is a Star” (15 years) and the Sam Jones Puppeteers (20 years), are my crowning achievement.

If you were not in your line of work, what would you like to do?

A: I would love to teach in high school.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

A: Energetic, problem solver, nutty.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

A: Either [that] I had a fan club when I was in college or that I was a minority student by choice or that I am the only woman to serve as the chairperson of the Georgia Printing & Imaging Association (in its 120 years of existence) or that I jumped from a moving train.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

A: Leave when the audience is still clapping.

Where is your favorite place to be in Bartow County?

A: The David Archer Overlook at the top of Pine Mountain.