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Upcoming forum on Mid-Century Ranch Neighborhoods

May 12, 2014

Mid-Century Ranch neighborhoods, which are present in every community in the Atlanta region, will be the focus of an upcoming forum hosted by the Georgia Historic Preservation Division, Atlanta Regional Commission, City of Atlanta, and the Collier Heights Community Association.

The forum will be held at the Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church (291 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30318)  on May 22 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  It includes a presentation on Ranch neighborhoods in Atlanta, including the Collier Heights neighborhood, which recently received a local historic district designation. The forum also offers an optional bus tour of the Collier Heights neighborhood following the program. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required for the bus tour.

Please see the attached flyer for details on the forum and contact information.

Flyer for Historic Preservation Forum on Mid Century Ranch Neighborhoods

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The Stacks Lofts & Artists Tour

December 3, 2013

The Stacks at Fulton Cotton Mill invites the community to the seventh annual Lofts + Artists Tour on December 7, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be unique lofts, talented local artists and history tours. Guests will also be able to enjoy food and drink samples from over 10 local businesses. The admission is $10 per person. Guests will also be able to enjoy food and drink samples from over 10 local businesses. The admission is $10 per person.

This year’s impressive line-up of artists reign from Atlanta, Cabbagetown and right here at The Stacks. Two and three-dimensional works, paintings, photography, jewelry, functional art and more – will be on display and for sale.

Proceeds will benefit United for Safety, Peachtree and Pine Shelter, and the Drew Charter School. Parking spots will fill up quickly. The Stacks is located close to the King Memorial MARTA station.

Further details are available on the Tour’s website here.

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Wonderful West End Events

May 16, 2013

The Atlanta Preservation Center is happy to share information about two upcoming events in the West End neighborhood.

Historic West End presents a Night Under the Stars: Candlelight Picnic & Concert. This West End Beautification Fundraiser will present two important musicians: soul and jazz singer Rhonda Thompson and international R&B crooner and drummer Tony Hightower. Ms. Thompson is the former background singer and soloist for soul music legend, the late Isaac Hayes. Mr. Hightower has been featured in Tyler Perry Productions.

This concert will take place at the Wren’s Nest,1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, 30310, on Saturday, June 1 2013 from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $250 for a reserved table of ten. Click here for the link.

 The following weekend offers an in-depth look at this important Atlanta neighborhood during its 2013 Tour of Historic West End Homes & Music Soiree: A Modern Look into a Historical Legacy. You are invited to experience a community beyond its bricks and mortar. This is an opportunity to tour beautiful historic homes, some transformed into state-of-the-art modern interiors and others preserved to reflect and honor the past. The tour includes sites of significance to the neighborhood as designated by the National Register of Historic Places. This neighborhood is both a City of Atlanta and National Register Historic District.

The tour will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased on line. Click here for the links. The tour will begin at the Wren’s Nest,1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, 30310.

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Fort Walker Work Day

May 14, 2013

Fort Walker, image courtesy of David Yoakley Mitchell

For some hands-on preservation during Preservation Month, join APC member David Yoakley Mitchell at a Fort Walker Work Day on Saturday, May 25 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Bring yourself, work gloves and hand pruners. The Fort is located at the southeastern corner of the park. Parking is available in the park; use 700 Boulevard SE, 30315 for mapping purposes.

Mr. Mitchell is the founder of MH Mitchell, Inc. a non-profit that seeks to support Southern history. MH Mitchell is partnering with the Grant Park Conservancy to restore Fort Walker which is located in Grant Park.

Fort Walker is one of the few extant remnants of a line which was critical in the defense of Atlanta. It is named for Major General W.H.T. Walker who was killed in the Battle of Atlanta.

Fort Walker, image courtesy of David Yoakley Mitchell

After Grant Park was established in the 1880s, a granite pedestal, a collection of four cannons, and two bronze lions commemorated the site of the Fort. After years of vandalism by park visitors and the theft of one cannon, the remaining cannon were removed in the late 1980s. The pair of bronze lions “disappeared.” Today, only a state historic marker remains. It reads:

Southeastern salient of Atlanta’s inner line of fortifications erected during the Summer & Fall of 1863. The line consisted of a cordon of redoubts on hills connected by rifle pits encircling the city, aggregating some 10.5 miles of earthworks designed & supervised by Col. L. P. Grant, pioneer citizen, construction engineer & railroad builder of Atlanta.