The last wall of 109 7th Street awaits its final push into oblivion, with the cold, huge, impersonal mass of Viewpoint looming.  I tried to see if there was anything worth salvaging (especially that cartouche), but what’s behind this is literally a solid mass of debris.  Quite depressing.

The last wall of 109 7th Street awaits its final push into oblivion, with the cold, huge, impersonal mass of Viewpoint looming.  I tried to see if there was anything worth salvaging (especially that cartouche), but what’s behind this is literally a solid mass of debris.  Quite depressing.

She’s almost gone.

She’s almost gone.

Destruction of the 7th Street apartment building designed by Neel Reid is underway in Midtown. Sad day for fans of old, elegant structures that don’t always provided the desired economic returns.

Destruction of the 7th Street apartment building designed by Neel Reid is underway in Midtown. Sad day for fans of old, elegant structures that don’t always provided the desired economic returns.

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Can’t say I’m at all surprised, but it’s really unfortunate that the Neel Reid-designed apartment building in the shadow of the Viewpoint tower will soon bite the dust.  The kicker is that the same block will soon sprout yet another Novare tower + parking deck, 100 6th Street.  I appreciate the added density, but IMO it’s not a fair trade architecturally.  Urban fabric needs to be finely grained - something that’s rarely possible in today’s building culture.  Quirks make a place lovable, and Midtown’s losing a piece of that.

First day of parking deck demolition at Ponce City Market!  I love how the machinery looks like a dinosaur chomping away at concrete.  Tee hee.

Newspaper caption attached to print verso: ”Several ornate figures will remain in Atlanta’s Terminal Station when it crashes to destruction unless buyers interested in preserving them speak up before next Monday. The SouthernRailway System, which owns the building, saved a number of ornaments from demolition. But individual buyers haven’t rescued all the figures, including an amiable couple atop two columns, above, and a worried-looking fellow with a lion’s body, below. A 67-year old cherub, left, whose youthful features have cracked with age sits unwanted in the station parking lot. Otis Jones, superintendent of the demolition job for the Hudgins Co., says that no more sections will be cut from the building unless buyers interested in specific figures contact the company this week. (Staff photos — Al Stephenson).” Date-stamped: Feb 24 1972 Constitution.
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Newspaper caption attached to print verso: ”Several ornate figures will remain in Atlanta’s Terminal Station when it crashes to destruction unless buyers interested in preserving them speak up before next Monday. The SouthernRailway System, which owns the building, saved a number of ornaments from demolition. But individual buyers haven’t rescued all the figures, including an amiable couple atop two columns, above, and a worried-looking fellow with a lion’s body, below. A 67-year old cherub, left, whose youthful features have cracked with age sits unwanted in the station parking lot. Otis Jones, superintendent of the demolition job for the Hudgins Co., says that no more sections will be cut from the building unless buyers interested in specific figures contact the company this week. (Staff photos — Al Stephenson).” Date-stamped: Feb 24 1972 Constitution.

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