New Look at Old Atlanta Continues

April 30, 2013

"Fox Theatre Triptych" by John Dean

The Anniversary Photography Project Exhibit remains on view at the Drawing Room Gallery at the LP Grant Mansion through June 13 with gallery hours of Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Works by Shelia Pree Bright, Terrell Clark, Stephanie Dowda, John Dean, Jody Fausett, Jeff Keesee, David Yoakley Mitchell and Rob Simmons showcase the landmarks of Atlanta.

The Atlanta Preservation Center commissioned 81 images from these Atlanta area photographers that were used to commemorate the Decennial Phoenix Flies: A City-Wide Celebration of Living Landmarks. This annual event of the APC provides 16 days of more than 200 free events at historic sites throughout the City. The images were used as part of a printed program, in online listings, for public relations, in the exhibition and for a commemorative book.

"Central Presbyterian" by Rob Simmons

The exhibit includes 24 select images from the body of work created, three by each of the participating artists. Shelia Pree Brights’ selections are of little known African American sites. Terrell Clark’s selections also highlight Atlanta’s African American historic sites. Stephanie Dowda’s included works are of a poet’s home, a cemetery and a famous golf club. John Dean’s exhibited works use his masterful editing to create super real images of the subjects. Jody Fausett’s exemplary use of lighting is demonstrated by the work on exhibit. Jeff Keesee’s images are of dramatic position or contrast. David Yoakley Mitchell’s three pieces include a cemetery dating from 1812, a marker of the Civil War and a detail from the Castleberry Hill District. The long-exposure shots by Rob Simmons provide dramatic interpretations of the Georgia State Capitol, Central Presbyterian Church and Lupton Hall at Oglethorpe University.

Exhibited prints are available for purchase from $325 to $775. In addition, a 90 page, hard-cover, commemorative book of all of the project’s images is available for $48.60 at the APC or online for $55.00, here. Prices include tax and shipping if applicable.

"Healey Building" by Jeff Keesee

The mission of The Atlanta Preservation Center is to promote the preservation of Atlanta’s architecturally, historically and culturally significant buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes through education and advocacy. The Center is located in the 1856 Lemuel P. Grant mansion which features a 680 square foot gallery in its Drawing Room. This gallery is host to exhibitions that underscore the Center’s mission. Its purpose is to demonstrate that the preserved environment is a valuable and inspirational part of the present.


Preservation Month To Do’s

April 24, 2013

May is Preservation Month. It was established as such by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1973. Events and activates are planned throughout the United States to “promote historic places for the purpose of instilling national and community pride, promoting heritage tourism, and showing the social and economic benefits of historic preservation.” There are hundreds of activities around the country during the month. Visit the National Trust’s website for more information, www.preservationnation.org

Here in Atlanta, the APC encourages you to do the following for Preservation Month:

Come to a Talk – From Animal House to Our House

Wednesday, May 22 – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Award-winning writer and preservationist Ron Tanner makes a stop at the Atlanta Preservation Center to offer a comic monologue about his funny, heart-warming book From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story. Combining romance with history and humor, Tanner tells the true story of how he and his wife bought condemned property a wrecked former frat house — and restored it to its original Victorian splendor. They knew nothing about fixing up houses when they started. In 2008, This Old House magazine featured their remarkable work.  Tanner’s talk includes an impressive slide show. Learn More

Watch for Guest Bloggers

Beginning this May, the APC will post blogs by guest bloggers from Atlanta’s preservation community. These advocates and educators will share different points of view on preservation, Atlanta and the work of the APC.

 Be a Member of the APC

Are you a member of the APC? If you are, thank you for your support. If not, we ask that you consider joining. Your contribution benefits you, the APC and Atlanta.

Your membership fee supports the advocacy work and educational programming of the APC. APC is present at meetings throughout the City, acting as a voice for historically and culturally significant sites. APC is in the schools providing curriculum that demonstrates the importance of historic preservation. Many times, APC’s programming combines both advocacy and education. If you attended a Phoenix Flies event last month, you experienced this benefit first hand.

APC membership makes you an advocate for Atlanta’s past and future! Learn More

Attend an Advocacy Meeting

Thursday, May 23 – 6:00 pm

Learn how you can be the eyes and ears for Atlanta’s historic buildings and sites. Join the APC’s Advocacy Committee for its monthly meeting. Briefs on endangered sites will be shared and actions planned for advocacy. Learn More

 


From Animal House to Our House

Award-winning writer and preservationist Ron Tanner makes a stop at the Atlanta Preservation Center– to offer a comic monologue about his funny, heart-warming book From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story.  Combining romance with history and humor, Tanner tells the true story of how he and his wife bought condemned property — a wrecked former frat house — and restored it to its original Victorian splendor. They knew nothing about fixing up houses when they started. In 2008, This Old House magazine featured their remarkable work.  Tanner’s talk includes an impressive slide show.

Click here see events details.

Ron Tanner’s awards for writing include a Faulkner Society gold medal, a Pushcart Prize, a New Letters Award, a Best of the Web Award, and many others. He has won fellowships from the Copernicus Society, Sewanee Writers Conference, and the National Park Service, to name a few, and his stories and essays have appeared in dozens of literary magazines. He is the author of A Bed of Nails (stories), Kiss Me Stranger (illustrated novel), and From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story (memoir). He teaches writing at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland, and directs both the Marshall Islands Story Project and the Preservation America project. He and his wife, Jill, live in a former fraternity house that they saved from ruin and renovated to its former Victorian glory.


Congratulations Carolyn!

April 23, 2013

The APC’s own Carolyn McLaughlin, Events Coordinator, will receive the Jenny D. Thurston Memorial Award by the City of Atlanta for her contribution towards preservation in the City.  Carolyn has been a member of the APC staff since 2010.

The Jenny Thurston Memorial Reward was established as a tribute to the first Executive Director of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission and to the preservation professionals who have substantially contributed to the field of historic preservation.  The Thurston family funded the award, which is administered by the Georgia State University Foundation.  A gift of $500 is awarded to an individual who exhibits the qualities of scholarship, leadership and dedication to preservation that Jenny Thurston possessed.

The 36th Annual Awards of Excellence Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 16th, 2013.

 


Benefit to You, APC and Atlanta – Join APC!

April 16, 2013

Lecture by Member Dr. Craig on Architect Francis Palmer Smith.

Are you a member of the APC? If you are, thank you for your support. If not, we ask that you consider joining. Your contribution benefits you, the APC and Atlanta.
Individual level members receive:

  • Free admission for one person to all APC regularly scheduled guided walking tours (it’s Spring — time to get out and see the City)
  • Electronic notification of preservation issues and events (you will be in the know)
  • Phoenix Flies: A City-Wide Celebration of Living Landmarks program mailed to your membership address (real mail to help plan your PF itinerary)
  • Newsletter, Preservation Times (get some “real” mail that need not go into the “vertical file”)
  • Other membership levels include more benefits

    Trustee Mary Leslie and Member Dick Leslie

Your membership fee supports the advocacy work and educational programming of the APC. APC is present at meetings throughout the City, acting as a voice for historically and culturally significant sites. APC is in the schools providing curriculum that demonstrates the importance of historic preservation. Many times, APC’s programming combines both advocacy and education. If you attended a Phoenix Flies event last month, you experienced this benefit first hand.

APC membership makes you an advocate for Atlanta’s past and future!

Join on line here or call 404-688-3353 ext. 10.

Member Phil Culbertson with Director of Education Paul Hammock and Summer Camp Attendees


Walking Where Dr. King Walked

April 9, 2013

"Sunset Avenue" by Terrell Clark (this image is on exhibition at the Drawing Room Gallery, a framed print is available for purchase)

On Friday, April 19, 2013 from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm, the Historic Westside Cultural Arts Council will offer a guided walking tour of the Sunset Boulevard Historic District. This tour was originally scheduled as a part of the Decennial Phoenix Flies but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

According the Historic Westside Cultural Arts Council “the more you know the more you grow.” So take this opportunity to learn about Sunset Boulevard,Atlanta’s most recently designated Historic District. This was the home of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his family when they moved back to Atlanta in the 1960s. The area was also home to other leading figures of the Civil Rights Movement.

Reservations are not required for this event. Meet at 715 Martin Luther King Dr SW, 30314. This is the parking lot behind Murrell’s Café at Scholars.

 


Tour the Town During April

April 2, 2013

During the month of April there are two major opportunities to enjoy the fruits of historic preservation in Atlanta. You can both attend and volunteer at these events. In either case you will witness the results of two active neighborhood organizations that exemplify the benefits of paying tribute to the past. Each of these neighborhoods is on the National Register of Historic Places. Druid Hills is a City of Atlanta Landmark District and Inman Park is a City of Atlanta Historic District.

April 19-21, 2013 Druid Hills Civic Association’s Druid Hills Home and Garden Tour

You can attend and/or volunteer. The tour includes seven homes and gardens, a lecture series and artists’ market. Ticket and reservation information is available on the Druid Hills Civic Association’s website. Here is the link.

April 27-29, 2013 – Inman Park Neighborhood Association’s Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes

You can attend and/or volunteer. The tour includes 14 sites and is accompanied by an artist market, parade (on Saturday, April 28 at 2:00 pm), live music, food vendors and a children’s area. For tickets to the Tour of Homes and a detailed schedule of activities visit the Inman Park Festival website. Here is the link.