Caption: “1891 - first two story house built in Atlanta - no. 22 Trinity Avenue”  
Again, Sherman wasn’t at fault here.

Caption: “1891 - first two story house built in Atlanta - no. 22 Trinity Avenue”  

Again, Sherman wasn’t at fault here.

Caption: ”Birthplace of first white girl in Atlanta, GA. Nov. 14, 1848 Carrie A. Haas.”
Anyone who says Atlanta doesn’t have any antebellum buildings because “Sherman burned them all down” is trippin’.   Our lack of care for historic preservation did way more damage than that guy.

Caption: ”Birthplace of first white girl in Atlanta, GA. Nov. 14, 1848 Carrie A. Haas.”

Anyone who says Atlanta doesn’t have any antebellum buildings because “Sherman burned them all down” is trippin’.   Our lack of care for historic preservation did way more damage than that guy.

I will never tire of the moody beauty that is this house on Hurt Street in Inman Park. (Taken with Instagram)

I will never tire of the moody beauty that is this house on Hurt Street in Inman Park. (Taken with Instagram)

Much ado has been made of Georgia Tech’s plans to partially demolish the Crum & Forster building, but it doesn’t seem like the actual term for what they’re planning has entered the discussion. The f-word we’re talking about? Facadism. As you probably deduced, it’s the practice of retaining part of an older building (usually the front) while building behind or around it. Naturally, it’s not without its controversies…

So…Novare has two apartment towers under construction, yet no plans have been made for the Neel Reid-designed apt building they were supposed to restore next to Viewpoint. Why do I get the feeling they’re going to say it’s rotted beyond the point of restoring? No shi* - you let it molder for years! (Taken with Instagram)

So…Novare has two apartment towers under construction, yet no plans have been made for the Neel Reid-designed apt building they were supposed to restore next to Viewpoint. Why do I get the feeling they’re going to say it’s rotted beyond the point of restoring? No shi* - you let it molder for years! (Taken with Instagram)

"Application by the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc. for a permit to demolish approximately two-thirds of the Landmark building was filed on April 17, 2012. The application will be heard by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm at City Hall"

Fresh from the Atlanta Daily World building controversy - here we go again. 

A Trio of Midtown Swag Details, Plus a Return Visit to the Death Star

I’m almost embarrassed to share these photos because of their horrendous ancient iPhone quality, but oh well.  Noticed a few swags around Midtown today and I had to capture them for my ongoing obsession.  There’s just something so innately graceful about droopy fruit/leaves/linen.  

This one was on Charles Allen just south of 8th Street.  It’s hard to make out in the photo but the plaster was very detailed with flowers and fruit.

The next swag was a plaque on the side of the venerable Sig Samuels dry cleaners at Monroe and 8th.  The droopy part looked like laurel leaves with a band in the middle, and the vertical members are some kind of flower that decreases in size as it goes down.  

I got sidetracked by this modern home that’s finishing up on 9th Street.  I posted it a while back when the black undercladding made it look particularly Death Star-ish, and it’s looking less severe these days.  Hoping it’ll be on the Modern Atlanta tour so I can get a peek at the interiors…

It’s not hard to imagine a house standing on the southwest corner of Juniper and 7th Street.  The stairs have disintegrated but the stone wall and a healthy tree hold the corner as they have for God knows how long.

The last swag of the day is probably my favorite; it’s on the facade of the decaying Neel Reid apartment building behind the Starbucks at 7th and Peachtree.  Come on Novare, make good on that restoration promise.  Really, the swags are just one part of a larger composition that’s centered on a curvy cartouche.  The way the vertical component folds in on itself is gorgeous.

So it sounds like they want to salvage the facade and incorporate it into a 91 unit apartment building.  

The Viewpoint condo was designed to preserve (or at least spare from demolition) this 1923 Neel Reid apartment building on 7th Street.  According to an official press release from 2006, Novare, the developer, planned to restore the building and convert it to “luxury residences.”  Six years later, and the structure sits silent.  Hopefully it doesn’t deteriorate to the point of no return, but things don’t look good.  The nosedive of the condo market hit Novare hard, and they’re now developing an apartment high rise over on West Peachtree.  Perhaps they could show a little love and follow through on making these rentals once again, or at least sell it to someone who will.

The Viewpoint condo was designed to preserve (or at least spare from demolition) this 1923 Neel Reid apartment building on 7th Street.  According to an official press release from 2006, Novare, the developer, planned to restore the building and convert it to “luxury residences.”  Six years later, and the structure sits silent.  Hopefully it doesn’t deteriorate to the point of no return, but things don’t look good.  The nosedive of the condo market hit Novare hard, and they’re now developing an apartment high rise over on West Peachtree.  Perhaps they could show a little love and follow through on making these rentals once again, or at least sell it to someone who will.

These are photos from my venture inside Midtown’s Fort Peace (aka “The Castle”) during one of CIRCA's behind-the-scenes tours in 2009.  The building was for sale at that time, and it was in pretty rough shape.  There's so much great history behind this structure.  For instance, the plaster seals above the fireplaces are reported to have come from buildings at the Cotton States & International Exposition held in Piedmont Park in 1895.  It was also an important site for the Beat/bohemian/hippie scene of the 1950s-1960s.  Work is currently underway to transform Fort Peace into a restaurant and hotel, so hopefully it’ll continue to be a landmark for years to come.