Sadly "Torn Down: Philip Shutze's remodeled Dwoskin office on Peachtree"
I worked 2 blocks from the Harry Dwoskin office for almost 20 years. Shutze designed the remodel beginning in 1939. It's a very gentle, classy little building. It always looked old and the better for it's wear. For most of that time it was home to the "Atlanta Area Services for the Blind" now called the Atlanta Center for the Visually Impaired; a charming building that served a worthy cause.
I doubt that there is a cozier, more comfortable sidewalk on all of Peachtree.
Sunday mornings are the only time you can park on Peachtree and even then only near churches.
It has held it's own surrounded by 3 important Peachtree Street churches: Redeemer Lutheran, St. Marks Methodist, and First Baptist (now demolished). Niches, pediments, and arches galore.
It's abandoned now as is Buck Crooks nearby Crumb and Foster Building.
Parking is a problem. There is a lot in the back but I can't find a way in. It may be blocked to discourage urban camping.
Quite a shame. It's a unique building in one of Peachtree Street's great blocks.
"As Shutze passed by the building each day on a city bus, it became his custom to stop and review the mason's work from the previous day. If he noticed too many brick of the same tone clustered together, he would require the masons to tear out portions of their work and rearrange the bricks..." - American Classicist The Architecture of Philip Trammell Shutze by Elizabeth Meredith Dowling.
My eye has never quite made sense of the of door.
I'm going to the 2010 Philip Trammell Shutze Awards on February 20th in Atlanta You should too. In the run up to the awards I'm doing a batch of posts about Shutze in my "neighborhood."
terry @ surf303.com
No pro photography or pro architecture was committed in this post.
P.S. Blue has identified this Shuzte Building just a few blocks from the Dwoskin office. Here is another clue:
Quiet as Grand Central Station
3 hours ago