13 sites on Atlanta Preservation Centerís 2007 Endangered Historic Places List
They range from 1839 railroad structure to 1951 building designed by I.M. Pei
The Atlanta Preservation Center announced its 2007 Most Endangered Historic Places in Atlanta list on May 14 in conjunction with National and Georgia Historic Preservation Month. Featuring 13 historic sites, the list identifies places with architectural, historical and cultural significance that are threatened by the wrecking ball, bulldozers, neglect, and deferred maintenance.
The places range in date from the 1839-41 Monroe Railroad embankment to a 1951 building designed by world-renowned architect I.M. Pei. The list also includes two houses that the APC had considered protected – Randolph-Lucas (1924) and Rufus M. Rose (1901).
“We are very grateful to architect Jeff Morrison for identifying for us two sites from Atlanta’s railroad history whose future is unknown – the 1905 Interlocking Tower for the grand and greatly missed Terminal Station and the 1839-41 Monroe Railroad earthen embankment, which is deteriorating,” said Boyd Coons, executive director of the Atlanta Preservation Center. “In 1954 City Historian Franklin Garrett called the Monroe embankment ‘the oldest man-made construction in downtown’.”
“We have also placed four important buildings related to African American history on our list – the John Wesley Dobbs House and three historic buildings at Morris Brown College, Fountain Hall, Gaines Hall and Furber Cottage. We are worried about a pattern of a lack of concern for black historic resources in the city,” said Coons. “In 2005 we put the Auburn/Edgewood Avenue Commercial District and Paschal’s Restaurant on our list.”
The 2007 Most Endangered Historic Places in alphabetical order are:
“As part of announcing our new Most Endangered List, we are also recognizing the recent loss of two historic structures. The Clubview Apartments, built in 1928 overlooking the East Lake Golf Club, were torn down in March while we were finalizing the list ,” said Coons. “The Pitts House, built in 1919 on Cascade Road, was demolished in late April. It was on our 2003 list.”
In addition to the 13 sites new to the list, the APC is still carefully watching the future of Van Winkle Gin & Machine Works (1893) from its 2003 list and Paschal’s Restaurant and Motel (1959 and 1967) and Peachtree Heights West neighborhood (1911-1920s) from the 2005 list.
Buildings and sites are nominated by the Atlanta Preservation Center’s members and concerned citizens. Its Advocacy Committee selected the 2007 list.