14 New Buildings & Sites on 2003 List of Atlanta’s Most Endangered Historic Places
Places range from 1893 buildings to historic neighborhoods hurt by traffic
In conjunction with National Historic Preservation Week (May 5-12) and Georgia Preservation Month, the Atlanta Preservation Center announces its 2003 list of Atlanta’s Most Endangered Historic Places. Featuring 15 historic buildings and neighborhoods, the list identifies places with architectural, historical or cultural significance that are threatened by the wrecking ball, neglect, deferred maintenance and traffic.
Some of these historic buildings are among Atlanta’s oldest with the Van Winkle Gin and Machinery Works aka Murray Mill and Concordia Hall, both built in 1893. Two were constructed by noted Atlanta African-American businessmen, Alonzo Herndon and Heman Perry. Others are not officially “historic” such as The Alcoa Building and Trust Company of Georgia Branch on Monroe Drive since they were constructed less than 50 years ago but deserve to be watched and protected until they are eligible.
“For the first time we have placed buildings that are not yet 50 years old on our Most Endangered Buildings List. We don’t want to lose them while we wait for them to turn 50,” said Boyd Coons, executive director of the Atlanta Preservation Center. “It’s never too early to start protecting significant buildings.
“Sometimes we get so caught up in protecting our older buildings that important newer buildings disappear while we are not looking.”
The Peters House is the only building from the 2001 Most Endangered List that has been placed on the new list. “In spite of a fire in the main house and the destruction of the carriage house, the Peters House remains nationally important and our most significant advocacy issue,” explained Coons. “We will keep it on our most endangered list until it is saved from intense development.”
The Atlanta Preservation Center is also concerned with the effect of traffic on Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods. “Last year our neighborhood advocacy revealed a series of problems threatening the historic Buckhead residential area,” Coons said. “We need to find a way to transport commuters and residents to and from the Buckhead commercial zone without compromising the safety and quality of life of the residents. We hope the upcoming study will provide solutions that can be applied to other historic neighborhoods.”
The 2003 Most Endangered Historic Places are in alphabetical order:
Buildings and sites were nominated by the membership of the Atlanta Preservation
Center. Its Advocay Committee, under the leadership of Philip Covin, developed
the 2003 list.