New paintings of the Margaret Mitchell House as it will appear when restoration is completed next spring show a structure with a split personality.
From Peachtree Street, visitors will see the two-story Victorian residence that Cornelius Sheehan built in 1899 at 10th and Peachtree. From Crescent Avenue, they will see the structure’s later incarnation as the apartment building where Margaret Mitchell wrote “Gone With the Wind.”
The old Midtown Hospital, a contributing structure to the newly designated Midtown historic district, met a sudden death last week when bulldozers moved in to make way for a new commercial project.
14. NO MAN’S LAND
Much of the streetscape between the Fox and 10th Street is, frankly, pretty creepy. So unless you want to stop for a po-boy at the French Quarter, this is a good time to really stretch those legs-or hop the bus.
There’s trouble in Rio.
The biggest crowd, it seems, is those wacky gold frogs that decorate the long, rectangular pool in the funky Midtown shopping center.
At its slowest times, the striking, two-level center of blue aluminum siding, white structural steel and swirly neon has the ambiance of an empty can. Despite its acclaim for architectural daring, Rio hasn’t yet become the popular entertainment and retail mecca that its developer, Ackerman & Co., had hoped.
Sizing up potential : A blueprint for development will help the area decide where it wants to go.
Looking down on Midtown from 1,000 feet above, urban planner Anton Nelessen is amazed.
"It’s really unbelievable," Nelessen said. "I really can’t remember ever seeing this much parking in relation to buildings anywhere. It’s amazing the amount of smog that’s in this town."
Midtown residents and Post Properties have cleared the last remaining hurdles for a new residential development on 10th Street.
Senior Vice President Katherine W. Kelley of Post Apartment Development said that after meetings with community leaders and city officials, the company has devised a plan to deter cut-through traffic along Myrtle Street and to minimize on-street parking —- issues foremost on residents’ minds when Post announced its 188-unit apartment complex next to Piedmont Park.
Despite a last-ditch effort by preservationists to save it, Midtown’s First Baptist Church met the wreckers Thursday, just weeks after the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra decided not to turn the sanctuary into a new concert hall.
"I think it’s incredibly sad," said Derek Aynsley, executive director of the Atlanta Preservation Center, after returning from the site, where he photographed the start of destruction.
Buckhead restaurateur developing cluster of stores and eateries at Piedmont and 10th Street.
Buckhead restaurateur George Rohrig is bringing his formula for success to Midtown.
"I’ve always used restaurants to bring people into the area, then developed retail shops around them," said Rohrig, who opened a second location of his popular Buckhead sushi restaurant, Nickiemoto’s, at the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue on Feb. 1.
"I’m curious about the house across the street from the Arts Center train station,” said Atlanta resident Evette Sneed. "It was a home at one time and is connected behind the AT&T building. I’d also like to know about the family who lived there."
The house in question is now called the Castle but was originally named Fort Peace by its builder-owner, eccentric Atlanta industrialist Ferdinand McMillan. While there are many published dates of its creation, according to The AIA Guide to the Architecture of Atlanta, it was built in 1910 and is located at 87 15th St. N.E.
Apartment developer John A. Williams has one great regret in his career —- demolishing the block known as Pershing Point on the northern edge of Midtown.
Up until the mid-1980s, Pershing Point was one of the most vibrant communities in Atlanta with 300 apartments in a half-dozen historic buildings with street-level grocery stores, a pharmacy, retail shops, restaurants and bars. They all sat on a compact, triangular block bounded by Peachtree and West Peachtree where the headquarters of National Service Industries is now located.