August 25, 2014
UPDATE 8/27/2014: The Atlanta Housing Authority has halted demolition of the Trio Laundry, indicating that it will reach out to the preservation community for options. Thank you to everyone who called and emailed — it worked. However, it’s not over yet. We are going to look at the root causes of this issue, so please stay tuned and help us follow through. Click here for more information.
For continuing updates please visit the Save the Historic Trio Building Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/triolaundry
The Trio Laundry Dry Cleaning Building at 20 Hilliard Street, built in 1910 and having survived the Great Fire of 1917, is a contributing structure in both the local MLK Jr Landmark District and the National Register’s MLK Jr Historic District. This area has been on the APC’s Most Endangered Historic Places List since 2005.
The property was purchased in 2009 by the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) with no plans for redevelopment beyond remediation of soil and water contamination. By 2011 part of the building’s roof collapsed. Because the roof was not repaired or the structure stabilized, the building has continued to deteriorate to the point that the City of Atlanta condemned it in December 2012 due to “immediate hazardous conditions to neighboring properties and the general public.” In June 2014 AHA applied for a demolition permit and, without any public notification or community engagement, the City issued a demolition permit in August 2014.
Demolition is currently taking place as of Monday August 25, 2014
As a contributing structure in both the local MLK Jr Landmark District and the National Register’s MLK Jr Historic District, we believe its demolition should have been put before the Atlanta Urban Design Commission (AUDC), so the Atlanta Housing Authority would have had to make a case for demolition to the public and a commission of appointed building and preservation professionals.
Statute Sec. 16-20.008d states plainly:
To prove the existence of a threat to public health and safety, the applicant must establish, and the commission must find, the following:
(i) Demonstrate through independent analyses and supporting information that a major and imminent threat to public safety exists;
(ii) Present all reasonable alternatives for rectifying the threat and analysis of all such alternatives; and
(iii) Demonstrate that the costs associated with rectifying the threat would create a condition whereby the investments in the project are incapable of earning a reasonable economic return.
We ask that you immediately call your councilperson, the Atlanta Housing Authority and the Mayor’s office and demand that demolition stop immediately and that the process to go through the AUDC.
Click here for more photos and to view architect and preservationist Kyle Kessler’s notes of public documents that have transpired concerning this issue.
Author Talk and Book Signing: What the Yankees Did to Us- Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta
July 8, 2014
Please join us at the Grant Mansion at 3 pm on Sunday, July 13, 2014 when the Atlanta Preservation Center will co-host a book reading and signing as part of its participation in BATL’s commemoration of the Battle of Atlanta’s Sesquicentennial. Author Stephen Davis will discuss his book entitled What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta. For more information on the book and author please see the press release below.
The Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion will open at 2 pm for a house tour and viewing of the exhibit Preserved on Glass: Photographs of Civil War Atlanta which features views of Atlanta taken by Gen. Sherman’s photographer, George N. Barnard. This exhibit was co-curated with the Atlanta History Center.
Reservations are not required.
The Grant Mansion is located at 327 St. Paul Avenue SE, Atlanta 30312. On street parking is available on St. Paul Avenue and on Grant Street. ADA parking and access can be reached via APC’s Orleans Street drive.
May 12, 2014
From June 2 – 6, APC’s Education Director Paul Hammock will lead a week long camp for youth from the Atlanta Union Mission and the Atlanta Action Ministries. This will be the fourth year of partnering with the Mission to provide new and positive experiences of the City and its history to these homeless youth. Attendees gather at the LP Grant Mansion each day to explore sites around the City.
The number of children APC is able to serve will depend on sponsorship dollars. To sponsor a child for a week of camp requires a $300 donation, but any donation amount is welcome. At the time of this newsletter five children have been sponsored and our goal is ten. Please consider helping APC reach this goal.
We are also looking for a volunteer for the week to assist with the camp.
To donate or for further information please contact Paul Hammock by phone 404-688-3353 ext. 13, or by email at Paul@PreserveAtlanta.com.
May 6, 2014
The month of April brought showers to Atlanta Preservation Center, along with lots of leaves, tree limbs and yard debris. Fortunately, April also brought showers of help from our friends at Oglethorpe Power! On April 30th a hardworking team of volunteers arrived with smiles and yard tools, ready to help APC with a backlog of yard maintenance.
The work wasn’t glamorous, but everyone pitched in with enthusiasm. The team tackled numerous raking and pruning projects, relocated several urns and planters, and addressed a surfeit of yard debris. Nothing dampened their cheer, whether it was the threat of rain overhead or the unexpected discovery of a garden snake in one of the planters!
The Oglethorpe Power team was a huge help to APC and we’d like to thank them for their generous assistance!
Thank you Oglethorpe Power!
If your company or organization participates in volunteer projects and would like to help out, please contact us for more details!
April 15, 2014
The APC would like to share and support this effort by the National Trust for Historic Preservation regarding a proposal to eliminate the Federal historic tax credit which has benefited properties in Atlanta.
Historic Tax Credit Eliminated from House Tax Reform Proposal — Let’s Get it Back.
You may not be familiar with the federal historic tax credit but you’ve no doubt seen what it can do.
St. Louis, Missouri; Richmond, Virginia; Cleveland, Ohio and Portland, Oregon are just a few of the many places that have reinvigorated their downtowns through projects that were made possible by the federal historic tax credit.
We understand the need for tax reform, but not at the expense of a program that more than pays for itself and that has a proven track record of creating jobs, saving historic buildings and revitalizing neighborhoods.
Elimination of the historic tax credit is simply unacceptable—to all of us who love the charm of San Francisco’s Ferry Building, the glamour of the Apollo Theater or the grandeur of Miami’s Hotel Fountainbleu, or any of the nearly 40,000 historic buildings that have been revitalized using the credit.
Join us in urging your representatives to send the message to Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor that sensible tax reform must retain the historic tax credit. It is the single most important thing you can do for historic preservation today.
Vice President, Public Affairs
March 26, 2014
Did you attend one or more of the 240 plus events that were a part of the Atlanta Preservation Center’s Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites? If your answer is yes, we hope that you will take a moment to complete a short online survey.
Here is the link to the survey.
By getting your feedback we can continue to grow and improve this unique program that celebrates Atlanta’s historic built environment and history.
March 25, 2014
On Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm, a panel discussion, Building Consensus in Real Estate & Design Communities: Historic Redevelopment and Preservation will be presented by AIA/ATL as a part of their Networking Women programing. The panel will include: Barbara Black, Regina Brewer, Valerie Edwards, Katherine Kelley and Mary Norwood. Betsy Riley editor for Atlanta magazine will serve as moderator.
Regina Brewer,one of the panelists, is a long-time member and supporter of the Atlanta Preservation Center. She is the City of Decatur Historic Preservation Planner and has served as Chair of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, Board President for Easements Atlanta, Inc. and the Inman Park Neighborhood Association.
The discussion will take place at the offices of Gensler, 999 Peachtree St NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta GA 30309. The fee for attending is $20 payable at the door. Further information about the program is available at the AIA/ATL site.
March 24, 2014
Although Phoenix Flies has wrapped up another successful year, preservationists can still attend other preservation and history related events taking place across the city. One upcoming event is a half-day symposium on The Crystal Palace, an amazing building constructed to hold the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London. The Palace featured a controversial design and utilized construction techniques that were well ahead of its time.
Visit the Georgia Tech campus on April 5th to hear eight Georgia Tech speakers from several colleges and schools discuss this extraordinary building. Learn why the Crystal Palace was built, discover its designers and builders, the exhibits, its structure and internal environment and the innovative approach to the construction logistics. Visitors will also be treated to a musical interlude. The symposium runs from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and will be held in the Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium. Admission and parking are free. For more information see the attached flyer or contact email@example.com.
March 22, 2014
Tomorrow, Sunday, March 23 is the final day of the 2014 Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites. Even on the last day of this 16 day event, there are 11 events! Take a look at the calendar. The APC hopes you will find one to enjoy.
The final event of the Celebration will be an Open House at the LP Grant Mansion from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Join Boyd Coons, APC’s Executive Director, and the staff of the Atlanta Preservation Center for a tour of our antebellum home, a children’s history program, a photography exhibit and light refreshments. The Mansion is at 327 St Paul Ave SE, 30312.
With 12 new Preservation Partners, 240 events and nearly 6,000 opportunities for the public to enjoy and experience the value of Atlanta’s historic built environment, the 2014 Celebration has been marvelous. The Atlanta Preservation Center presents this festival to further our mission of promoting the preservation of Atlanta’s architecturally, historically and culturally significant buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes through education and advocacy.
Please let us know about your experience during the Celebration by taking this short survey. Also, if you are not already a member, won’t you consider becoming one? The Atlanta Preservation Center’s receive many benefits including news about preservation and a Phoenix Flies Celebration program delivered to their mailbox.
March 20, 2014
The Green and the Gray: The Irish in the Confederate States of America
A talk by author David Gleeson
When: Friday April 11th at 6 PM
Location: L.P. Grant Mansion 327 St. Paul Ave. Atlanta, GA
Why did many Irish Americans, who did not have a direct connection to slavery, choose to fight for the Confederacy? This perplexing question is at the heart of David T. Gleeson’s sweeping analysis of the Irish in the Confederate States of America. Taking a broad view of the subject, Gleeson considers the role of Irish southerners in the debates over secession and the formation of the Confederacy, their experiences as soldiers, the effects of Confederate defeat for them and their emerging ethnic identity, and their role in the rise of Lost Cause ideology.
Focusing on the experience of Irish southerners in the years leading up to and following the Civil War, as well as on the Irish in the Confederate army and on the southern home front, Gleeson argues that the conflict and its aftermath were crucial to the integration of Irish Americans into the South. Throughout the book, Gleeson draws comparisons to the Irish on the Union side and to southern natives, expanding his analysis to engage the growing literature on Irish and American identity in the nineteenth-century United States.
David T. Gleeson is a reader in American History at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
The Green and the Grey
$35.00 cloth (Copies will be available for purchase by check and cash only)
Publication date: September 2, 2013
For more information: http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/T-7613.html