Atlanta’s most endangered historic sites
We assume that everything we see in the modern world, from land to buildings, is capable of being well preserved for posterity. But that isn’t always the case. Even Atlanta’s historic properties are threatened by change. If we don’t work to save these landmarks, a part of the city’s history will die. The Atlanta Preservation Center recently released its list of Atlanta’s most endangered historic sites. Nineteen places made the cut, but here is a sample few:
Auburn and Edgewood Avenues; Sweet Auburn. My friends and I refer to this as “Ping Pong Alley” because two bars on Edgewood– Sister Louisa’s and The Music Room– have table tennis. These establishments operate in existing buildings; however, additional commercial development in this area is changing the historic value of the neighborhood.
Brookwood Station. This is the only passenger train station left in Atlanta. And since Amtrak’s future doesn’t look good…
Downtown Atlanta street grid. As if it isn’t confusing enough over there, more street name changes are in the works. Wait… what grid?
The Craigie House. This 1911-built house was once the headquarters for the DAR. Now it is empty and neglected.
Sherwood Forest. This Buckhead neighborhood was once Atlanta’s most upscale neighborhood. Now it is being robbed of its history via multiple demolitions.
For the full list, check the Preservation Center’s website.
Photo source: Atlanta Preservation Center