Saturday, August 29, 2015

787 Windsor and the Railroad Shops in Mechanicsville

It was love at first sight for me. Ric Geyer has bought it and he's going to do all those things we'd want him to do. Lucky us!

I first saw it during last year's Living Walls. It was like stumbling onto a forgotten temple in the forest. I showed Kelly Jordan a picture, he thought circa 1880.

I don't have words for 787 or for the whole railroad shop complex. Maybe I can tease you down there with a few pictures. It's pretty close to Turner Field. The map is at the bottom of this post, go see.


787 Windsor is a tiny part of the railroad shops that divide Mechanicsville from Pittsburgh, the shops that gave both neighborhoods their names.

2015-08-27 Mechanicsville and Pittsburgh Atlanta Neighborhoods NPU map

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The south end of the shops is the location for The Walking Dead's Terminus.

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Between Terminus at the south end and 787 at the north end are these stunning railroad shops.

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Back to 787 Windsor.


IMG_2181 2014-09-13 Art Party Atlanta Contemporary Art Center ACAC Ric Geyer with my glasses
Here's Ric Geyer (rhymes with "flyer"). 

Go see before the crowds get there.





7 comments:

  1. During the very early stages of the Beltline (2006-2007), several GSU students (including me) conducted a field survey of the commercial buildings along the Beltline and their potential historic significance. The part of the survey I remember the most were the railroad buildings along Stephens and Windsor Streets. It was unfortunate that the buildings on Stephens burned down shortly after our visit and have now been bulldozed to oblivion. Even then, when researching land titles, we could see land speculators making grabs along the proposed route from the Fulton County Jail down and around over to Grant Park. It is a remarkable area--not surrounded by the glitz of Bulkhead and Midtown--more like to rough and tumble of the early Post-Civil War days of Atlanta.

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