Friday, May 13, 2011

Midtown Teardown turns Midtown Green

Midtown Green House that is, the house with a blog, it's the 2010 Southern Building Show showcase house. I've been fortunate to attend several events here. Last night's Atlanta Green Drinks event was probably the last time before the owners move in.

It's also a teardown, a happy teardown in my opinion.

Even in my antediluvian days at Tech this was past it's prime. My buds lived cheaply in firetraps like this all over Midtown.

It was pretty nice in it's day I'd guess. Some units had a front porch and a service porch.

There were a range of cheap to high style apartments in Midtown. Most of the cheap ones are still here. Most of the high-styles are long gone.

It's been abandoned and boarded up for a decade or more, a dangerous eyesore on one of my favorite streets.

It's feeling much better today, thank you.

Designed by Joel Kelly built by Sawhorse, it's a big lofty single family with a roof top deck.

I arrived a little early.

But it started rocking pretty quickly.

Stunning stone walls show downstairs...

... and upstairs.

The master closet has a skyline view.

I wanted to be on the roof.

See the edge-on marble wall in the master?

Up to the room. (74 seconds)

A handful of Atlanta's green building luminaries were on the roof.

Christina Corley and Carl Seville, the Green Building Curmudgeon blogger himself.

Architect / designer Joel Kelly is in the black shirt.

If you are in the know, you'll recognize Daron ‘Farmer D’ Joffe wearing his trademark hat.

Matt Hoots (in red) IS the Sawhorse guy. He made the party work. He had to build the house AND make the cookies.

From the rooftop you can see how great some of the midtown mansions really are.

I wish you could have been there. Nice to see Casey Crain, Jamie Fisher, and Sam Urban.

Here is some partying where it belongs: on the roof. (21 seconds)


  1. I'm a huge fan of this house. Little injections of contemporary architecture give historic neighborhoods great "spice". I particularly like the effect these kinds of homes have in Ansley Park. Don't get me wrong, I worship historic buildings and preservation, but great design is great design. Kudos Joel Kelly!

  2. Some moderns do better than other. I think Ansley has a few breathtakingly great moderns. There is something about Joel's make them fit.


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