Monday, February 9, 2009

A brick beauty on Wylie Street in Reynoldstown

Unless you are traveling between Moreland Avenue and Cabbagetown, you'll never this. This part of Wylie street is the southern boundary of Atlanta's Hulsey rail yard. There is a fence separating street from the railyard. Except here: The fence zigzags around this little building. Is it historic or did the onwer refuse to sell? Were this house's torn-down neighbors as good as this one.

In the late 1980's this was the home of Harrison Design Assciates / Harrison Construction Company. This is where Dean's Villa (and Kearns' Villa) were designed.

Any brick mason would be proud of this one.

Notice the alternating dark and light bricks in the window surround and in the coins.

As if the brick weren't enough, we have the iron colunns. Can you imagine 3 big storefront wondows?

This is a building would be at home on a turn of the centry main street. In the grand tour of Inam Park, Cabbagetown, Reynoldstown, and Grant Park, don't miss Wylie Street.


  1. this is my kind of blog!!

    how do you find out about the buildings - who built them and what year?

  2. I'd certainly like to know more. It would take much more time than I have.

    Midtown has the best online history.

    There are some books by Franklin Garrett - Wikipedia, he was the man.

    Atlanta Time Machine is too wonderful for words.

  3. This building is part of the reason Reynoldstown is named "Reynoldstown". This was the buiding where the son of a freed slave, Madison Reynolds, founded one of the stores that made the Wylie Street business district. Dry goods stores lined both sides of Wylie in the late 1800's. The driveway to this building as seen present day was the continuation of Kenyon Street into the area of the neighborhood called the "slide". It is the oldest part of Reynoldstown. Today, this building i\s the home of one of the nicest couples we have in the neighborhood.

  4. Thanks for the kind words Jeffrey.
    Yes, we consider ourselves very lucky to have crossed paths with this building when we did.
    I purchased it in 1998, and have been loving Reynoldstown ever since! Hard to beat 16" of solid brick! I repointed it and re-roofed it in 1998, which is all it has needed in over 100 years.


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