Thursday, February 14, 2013

Eyesore on Ponce has Burned and is Even Worse

We've passed 1134 Ponce de Leon so many times we don't even look. Sharon Foster Jones, author of Atlanta's Ponce de Leon Avenue: A History, says "Yes, Pontificating on Ponce was stuck in traffic a couple of weeks ago when it burned." 

 
I think I missed its glory days entirely. I've been driving by since 1968.

Property tax records say it was built in 1925. There was a demolition permit in 2008, guess the economy squashed that. What can you do on 6,400 square feet?

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In it's prime from Google Maps. Is there a happier picture?

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Looks like it had been divided into 3 stores.

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There was graffiti inside, plenty of city camping too.

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Did you know that the billboard grew from inside the building?

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Must have been a valuable billboard. When was its last fresh sign?

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I'm dumbfounded.

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The Kirbo Building (1971) to the left (east) is part of the Carter Center. It's got a bit of modern oddness. It always catches my eye. Was it a bank? I don't remember.

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Booth Towers (1988) wraps the south and west sides.

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There's loading dock - or something - out back.

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The was another part of the building to the east, protected by a firewall.

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At least it's interesting as it is. A buffed lot will be boring.

But I'm worried about that billboard. It's leaning east.

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My brain will now return to ignoring it.

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18 comments:

  1. Whenever I see new building in Atlanta, for the life of me, I cannot remember what stood there before. I've driven past this burnt-out building countless times and right now have no idea what it looked like before the fire.

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    1. Nor I. Somethings I think I remember.

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  2. I grew up in Virginia-Highlands, just down the street from Ponce and Briarcliff. I believe this used to be a Pizza Place. I remember the sign that said if you ate a King, Queen and Prince pizza, you didn't have to pay!

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  3. I've always been curious about that place, this is the closest look I've ever gotten. Of course this is one place I don't mind seeing torn down.

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  10. I have seen children (15-16 years old) poking around inside of this burned structure. I wonder who would be liable if someone were to get hurt on the property: the owner? The City of Atlanta? If the intention is to leave the charred remains of the building in place, can we somehow persuade the City of Atlanta to restrict access with a chain link fence? That would allow children and others passing by to admire the structure from the safety of the sidewalk, instead of walking inside the obviously dangerous burned remains of the building.

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