Looking north on West Peachtree St toward Pershing Point - late ’70s vs now.  A fine, if grungy, collection of early 20th century apartment buildings replaced by blank walls and grass.  Way to go!

The northeast corner of West Peachtree St at 17th Street in what I assume was the late ’70s/early ’80s.  The source of this photo has a really great collection of images from Atlanta’s punk scene.

West Peachtree Street looking toward Pershing Point in 1948.  See the now and then transformation at WhatWasThere. Midtown Atlanta.

West Peachtree Street looking toward Pershing Point in 1948.  See the now and then transformation at WhatWasThere. Midtown Atlanta.

1986 photo of apartment buildings on Peachtree at Pershing Point.  Midtown Atlanta.
(via Atlanta History Center Album. Midtown)

1986 photo of apartment buildings on Peachtree at Pershing Point.  Midtown Atlanta.

(via Atlanta History Center Album. Midtown)

"Mixed-use project an apartment developer’s turning point" (1998)

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.

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A view of the apartment buildings of Pershing Point (the Pershing Point, Knox, and Stratford Hall apartments) in 1985.  Unfortunately, all have been demolished for office development.  They provided some great residential density in this section of Midtown.
(via Atlanta History Center Album. Midtown)

A view of the apartment buildings of Pershing Point (the Pershing Point, Knox, and Stratford Hall apartments) in 1985.  Unfortunately, all have been demolished for office development.  They provided some great residential density in this section of Midtown.

(via Atlanta History Center Album. Midtown)

1953 photo shot of the spot where the Peachtrees come together, or separate, at Pershing Point.  Midtown Atlanta

1953 photo shot of the spot where the Peachtrees come together, or separate, at Pershing Point.  Midtown Atlanta

1986 - Wrecked remains of the Pershing Point Hotel during demolition.  Midtown Atlanta
(via Atlanta History Center Album. Midtown)

1986 - Wrecked remains of the Pershing Point Hotel during demolition.  Midtown Atlanta

(via Atlanta History Center Album. Midtown)

"Bohemia central: Pershing Point Hotel gave gays, others a place to fully express themselves" (2006)

As Leslie Jordan’s mama pulled up to the Pershing Point Hotel in 1974 to see her teenage son’s new Atlanta home, she had a visitor’s common reaction.

A devout Southern Baptist “with the perfect flip hairdo,” his mother took one look at the dilapidated structure and the odd assortment of characters loitering out front, promptly locked her doors and gunned the engine.

"My mother would not get out of the car," the diminutive actor, now 51, recalls, laughing.

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1954 view of 17th Street at Peachtree Street, looking north toward Pershing Point.  Midtown Atlanta

1954 view of 17th Street at Peachtree Street, looking north toward Pershing Point.  Midtown Atlanta