The Morrow First United Methodist Church (1967) is the best building on this stretch of Jonesboro Road, a rather pleasant, practical, sparse, green, burger, nail-care, big box road along the tracks.
Its portico has two fine niches with urns. I'm at a loss about why these are so appealing to me but there you go.
Morrow has Spivey Hall and Clayton State University but you can't see them from the road and they aren't designed for show.
Morrow has two important if unexpected side by side moderns: The National Archives at Atlanta and The Georgia Archives.Both are warehouses fronted by impressive facades activated with modern facade pizazz. They catch my eye but don't make me care.
Wren-Gibbs style churches are everywhere. But there's SOMETHING about First Methodist. I couldn't figure it out when I was driving 45. So I stopped for a minute last Saturday.
William R. Tapp Jr. Architect Associates used some fine if modest detailing in 1967. Mr. Tapp, 1922-2011 was a Georgia Tech alum who designed a lot of buildings around here though this is my first encounter. His name is carved into a niche plaque.
The design "money" is in the portico...
...and in the niches. Isn't it amazing how the urn's shadows and reflections color and shade the niche.
Perhaps I'll do Morrow First Baptist another day. It's on Lake Harbin.
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