April 6, 2015
January 26, 2015
The Atlanta Preservation Center is delighted to report that the 2015 Phoenix Flies Celebration of Historic Sites will introduce APC’s regularly scheduled walking tours of historic Westview Cemetery! Come learn about the lives of many important Atlantans like Joel Chandler Harris, Lemuel Pratt Grant, Henry Grady, Asa Candler and Harriett Harwell Wilson High while enjoying beautiful sculptures and historic structures. Tours will include the 1890 Gate House and the World War II era Mausoleum and Chapel. Prepare to be awestruck by the beauty and many layers of history this site represents.
When Westview opened in October of 1884 with nearly six-hundred acres of land, it was designed to be the premier cemetery in the Southeast. It is still an active cemetery with more than 108,000 interments. Westview remains the largest cemetery in the Southeast and one of the largest non-profit cemeteries in the United States.
The APC is currently working with the cemetery to conceptualize a preservation plan for the historic gate house from 1890. Half of the proceeds from each tour ticket will go towards this preservation effort.
More photos are available here.
For cemetery information visit – www.westviewcemetery.com
November 12, 2014
October 20, 2014
Walking the Line
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Author talk and book signing
Wednesday, October 22
6:30 pm at the Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion
Long before Interstate 285 surrounded the metro area, Atlanta had a perimeter, ten miles around. Instead of speeding cars going around the line, there were cannonballs screaming overhead. That first perimeter was the defensive line designed by Lemuel Pratt Grant and built by the Confederate Army to protect Atlanta from the attacking Federal forces during the Civil War. That defense ring of 36 forts was never broken or defeated. The defenses held back the Federal forces for six weeks before the Confederates were forced to abandon them.
Walking The Line (ISBN 978-1-930876-07-01) tells the story of how the forts and defense line came into being and how these mostly-lost cannon emplacements were rediscovered 150 years later.
Please join us at the Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion
at 6:30 pm
on Wednesday, October 22, 2014
when astronomer, educator and author Dr. Lawrence Krumenaker will explain what happened to the forts, how many remain in modern Atlanta, and will provide maps and directions to tour them by walking, biking or driving.
The Grant Mansion is located at 327 St. Paul Avenue SE, Atlanta 30312. On street parking is available on St. Paul Avenue and Grant Street. ADA parking and access can be reached via APC’s Orleans Street drive.
Reservations are not required.
October 10, 2014
Inventing a New Navy
A multi-media presentation on technological innovations and new uses of technologies afloat and ashore during the American Civil War.
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Monday, October 13
7 pm at the Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion
The Atlanta Preservation Center and M.H. Mitchell Inc. are proud to welcome Ken Johnston, Executive Director & Director of Programs/Education at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus, GA for a unique look at the Civil War Navies.
The US Navy of the 21st Century features ships with hybrid propulsion technology, composite armor and stealth design – as did the 19th Century Navies of the American Civil War. The National Civil War Naval Museum presents a look at inventions and advancements in the navies both North and South during the Civil War at large, with a special focus on Naval engineering as practiced here in Georgia. We’ll explore the little known and sometimes surprising antecedents of nautical technology in areas as diverse as nocturnal operations, photocopying, submarine warfare, and aircraft carriers – just to name a few.
Free Admission and open to the public. The Grant Mansion is located at 327 St. Paul Avenue SE, Atlanta 30312. On street parking is available on St. Paul Avenue and Grant Street. ADA parking and access can be reached via APC’s Orleans Street drive.
Reservations are not required.
September 23, 2014
Last week’s APC Advocacy Action Alert requested that you write Council members to oppose proposed City Ordinance 14-O-1366 which redefines historic neighborhoods as only those which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Current ordinance sections provide for historic assets which are eligible for the National Register.
The proposed Ordinance was referred back to Council’s Zoning Committee and is now on that Committee’s agenda for tomorrow – Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 9:30 am.
Please join fellow preservationists in City Hall’s Committee Room 2 to express your concern about this proposed change which affects the future of preservation in Atlanta.
September 15, 2014
On September 15 the Atlanta City Council will consider proposed Ordinance Amendment 14-O-1366, which will affect the future of preservation in Atlanta. The Atlanta Preservation Center has sent the following comments to the City Council for its consideration. Please contact your Council member now, as a decision will be taken in this afternoon’s session.
Atlanta City Council members’ email addresses are:
|Carla Smith District 1||Yolanda Adrean District 8|
|Kwanza Hall District 2||Felicia Moore District 9|
|Ivory Lee Young District 3||C.T. Martin District 10|
|Cleta Winslow District 4||Keisha Bottoms District 11|
|Natalyn M. Archibong District 5||Joyce Sheperd District 12|
|Alex Wan District 6||Michael Julian Bond Post 1 at large|
|Howard Shook District 7||Mary Norwood Post 2 at large|
|Andre Dickens Post 3 at email@example.com|
Dear Council Members:
The Atlanta Preservation Center (APC) strenuously opposes passage of Howard Shook’s proposed Ordinance Amendment #14-0-1366. Specifically, the APC’s opposition lies in the redefinition of historic neighborhoods as only those which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Existing ordinance sections 15-06.001(t) and 15-08-005(d)(6) of the Subdivision Ordinance of the City of Atlanta currently provide for historic assets which are eligible for the National Register.
Eligibility for the National Register is a national standard. It means that the historic resource meets a national criteria as part of the nation’s cultural heritage. Eligibility can be determined by an assessment from the State Office of Historic Preservation based on these national standards. Listing on the Register is dependent on the will and economic ability of a community to follow through with the Register process but makes no additional distinction as to the historic value of the asset. The proposed ordinance change will place an unfair disadvantage on those communities which have eligible historic resources but do not have the economic resources to execute the listing process. This will place them in a different category of consideration with the City regardless of the equal value of their historic assets. This proposed action could also have the potential of limiting the creation of new National Register listed districts within the City of Atlanta and thus limiting access to State and Federal tax incentives.
Nationally, progressive communities are focusing on the possibilities of redevelopment utilizing federal tax programs. Mid-Century Modern assets, historic resources built as recently as 1964, can now take advantage of the available incentives for revitalization through historic preservation. This was a period of expansive growth for our City. To disregard the potential of these assets rather than planning for their intelligent use and revitalization is an enormous missed opportunity. The proposed ordinance change would disregard the potential of a vast array of historic assets throughout the City, discounting their intrinsic value as reflected in the term “eligibility.”
The Atlanta Preservation Center urges Council members to reach out to the State’s Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division’s Program Manager Stephanie Cherry-Farmer for the technical expertise necessary to ensure proper legislation which would encourage both redevelopment and new development. Neither the APC nor the State office has been involved in the current proposed changes.
The Atlanta Preservation Center respectfully asks that this legislation be opposed.
F.H. Boyd Coons
Atlanta Preservation Center
Stephanie Cherry-Farmer, SHPO: Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Leslie Cannan: email@example.com
Christian Olteanu: firstname.lastname@example.org
Author Lori Eriksen Rush brings “House Proud: A Social History of Atlanta Interiors” to APC on September 18
September 3, 2014
Please join us at the Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion at 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 18, when author Lori Eriksen Rush offers a glimpse into the homes of Atlanta’s Victorian Age in her new book: House Proud: A Social History of Atlanta Interiors, 1880-1919. Though told within the context of the Victorian era, this story of the Atlanta home has a message that transcends its historical period. It suggests timeless truths about the concept of home that may help us to understand ourselves and the lives we live today.
The Grant Mansion is located at 327 St. Paul Avenue SE, Atlanta GA 30312. On street parking is available on St. Paul Avenue and Grant Street. ADA parking and access can be reached via APC’s Orleans Street drive.
Reservations are not required for this event.
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.
Livingston Restaurant + Bar to Host Gone With the Wind Brunch On July 27; Raffle Proceeds to Benefit Atlanta Preservation Center
July 22, 2014
Livingston Restaurant +Bar, housed in the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel, will host a Gone with the Wind Brunch on Sunday, July 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. prior to a matinee screening of the film at The Fox Theatre. When Gone with the Wind premiered in Atlanta in 1939, The Georgian Terrace Hotel played host to the film’s director and its stars and held a pre-premiere party in one of the ballrooms. This brunch will allow movie-goers and Georgian Terrace guests the opportunity to pay homage to a piece of Atlanta’s history. The brunch buffet will include a spread of southern favorites like Shrimp & Grits, Fried Chicken and Brioche French Toast from Chef Michael Semancik.
Costumes and artifacts from the film will be displayed during the brunch, compliments of Marietta’s Gone with the Wind: Scarlett on the Square Museum. Raffle tickets will be for sale for $5.00 each with proceeds to benefit the Atlanta Preservation Center, a private non-profit organization promoting the preservation of Atlanta’s architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes through education and advocacy. Raffle prizes include passes to the Oakland Cemetery’s Gone with the Wind Tour, a prize package from the Margaret Mitchell House, and Georgian Terrace Package which includes a one-night stay in a premier one-bedroom suite and a $100 gift certificate at Livingston Restaurant + Bar.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy an encore-worthy brunch before travelling back to the time of Scarlett and Rhett. The cost of the Gone with the Wind brunch buffet is $25 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 5-12 and complimentary for children under 5. Drink specials will be available after 12:30 p.m. Reservations strongly encouraged and can be made by calling (404) 897.5000 or visiting www.livingstonatlanta.com.