Thursday, January 10, 2013

Three Atlanta Centenarians, One Atlanta Octogenarian from the bridge

Today my errands took me across the bridge between the Hyatt Regency and the Marquis Two Tower. What you know? Looking north I could see four Atlanta oldies.

Atlanta's First United Methodist Church was powerful even in the dreary haze.

Sacred Heart's red tower caught my eye first.

This was the naked eye view, old buildings framed by new ones. I doubt many noticed. In fact I never noticed until today. I was 1,100 feet away after all and I was on my way somewhere.

This was a prominent Atlanta corner representing Atlanta's notable architects of the age. Denny was a dynamo, dead at 30.

Peachtree flattens our here. It's fairly level from here north to about 7th Street. That much flatness is pretty rare in Atlanta.

To the south Peachtree slopes up to Downtown proper.

The Medical Arts Building, 1927, is the newest but it's abandoned and abused and nobody is happy about it. We got our pre-martal blood test here in 1974, passed with flying colors. Even then it wasn't a primo first class place.

I think the Downtown Connector (Interstates 75 and 85) was a fatal blow to the Medical Arts Building. The connector makes an "S" here slashing a diagonal across Peachtree and Courtland, and Piedmont.

The Medical Arts Building almost leans over the highway, cut off to the north and land locked. It's a wound that we haven't healed and the Medical Arts suffers.

Here's a view of the area from the east looking west on a nicer day.

Blogging makes me look.

More about Atlanta's historic buildings.


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