Georgia Bank & Trust-formerly the Cotton Exchange
by Susan Grantham
I was contracted by the Augusta Museum of History to make a gingerbread house in which the structure was totally edible. The building had to have historical significance. The entire structure took 204 hours to complete. The walls were reinforced with pretzel rods; the "wrought iron" for fencing was raw spaghetti colored with black food coloring; gelatin sheets were used for the windows; the roof took 3 hours to complete, shingle by shingle; the walls were hand scored to reflect "bricks". We drilled a hole in the board prior to erecting the walls, so that we could put some clear/white christmas lights inside to light up the windows. Fondant was used to do the decorative details around the windows, etc.