Sunday, February 26, 2012

The slow way home via West End Atlanta

After I took loved ones to the airport yesterday I skipped the Interstate and headed toward West End looking for landmarks. I took all these pictures from the car.

Loop Road, to Atlanta Avenue (Hapeville), Central Avenue, East Washington, Main Street (East Point) which becomes Lee Street. Left on Avon (Border of Venetian Hills and Oakland City), south on Oakland to Donnelly (West End). Left to Ralph David Abernathy, West End's main street.

Auto Audio is 1200 Central Ave Cleveland Avenue between Hapeville and College Park. If you enjoy hard-working light-industrial streets - and who doesn't - this is a fine one.

Oops, wasn't I headed to West End?

The West Hunter Street Baptist Church, in 1961 Ralph David Abernathy became pastor here.

It's an impressive landmark and we must learn more about it.

Giant pilasters and urns galore.

You can see the Hammonds House Museum from I-20 as you race by.

I'm never here at the right time to photograph the north side. This is St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Church Website.

This former school building is for sale.

Maybe it was a church school. Does anyone know?

There are many photographs of Brown Middle School (formerly Brown High School) by Pringle & Smith in 1924.

But you really need to see it in place. It's not so imposing in person. It lends dignity to the surrounding streets and houses. It feels good. It's why we shouldn't put great buildings off by themselves.

The Higher Hope Christian Ministries building is a crisp creamy-colored beauty.

Calvary United Methodist Church's education building has a personality of its own. I'd guess these aren't the original windows.

The Calvary steeple looks traditional enough and it's almost in the street.

The Citadel Of Hope Evangelistic Church of God in Christ is an architecture-tourist-neck-snapper, all that wood on all that granite.

It's on a 3-point intersection, the granite curve is smack on the street, stairs lead to 3 separate porticoes. My brain is still processing. There are plenty of corner churches in Atlanta but none like this.

I haven't showed you a single cute house which the West End has in abundance. That will have to wait.

I'll leave you with this.

Westview Cemetery is worthy.



  1. Fantastic photos, Terry! Makes me want to take a different route home every day.

  2. I love your tours. The West Hunter Street Baptist Church,the Hammonds House Museum and Westview Cemetery are particular favorites. Good examples of the type of architecture I like to draw.

  3. There are so many great houses of all sizes there. They've served their time and earned their patina through generations.

  4. There are so many beautiful buildings to photograph...its sad all those wires and telephone lines are your pictures

  5. Terry, thanks for your photo of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. The community was founded in 1903, although the building dates to later than than, maybe the teens. Come by a Sunday monrning to worship and and check out the stained glass windows.

  6. Thanks for the mini vacation. The Brown School is quite impressive!

  7. There's something about auto-body shop architecture from the mid-20th C that I really love. Makes me want to buy the building, gut it, and make it into a live in loft with room for a car. Crazy, I know. Thanks for stopping by. Jane

  8. Atticmag, not crazy at all, there is another "sawtooth" job on Central Avenue. They didn't need to do that. Notice the alternating tiles: red/white/red/white.

  9. Before we moved to East Atlanta Village we looked a lot in the West End. So many great houses and many of them were not renovated and stripped of all the charm and beauty. I hope you do a post on the houses.

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