Tuesday, November 26, 2013

gloATL Re-opened the Rhodes Theater for a Little While

Atlanta seemed so full of theaters then.

"The (gloATL) tour concluded Friday and Saturday in the organizations’ home city of Atlanta, where the artists repeated similar activities, centering on photographic murals and a performative installation at the historic Rhodes Theater."  - ArtsATL by Andrew Alexander

I grew up with two theaters. In Atlanta I could see everything, movies I never heard of. There were six theaters in Midtown close to Georgia Tech.

You can still see movies at the Fox once in a while. The Rhodes is the only other one standing. It's still standing but hollowed out, in the shadow of an I-75 entrance ramp.

I saw the Atlanta premier of Woodstock at the Rhodes. I saw Cries and Whispers there too. I preferred Woodstock.

In 1975 I saw Bergman's Magic Flute at the Rhodes. I thought that would be the last time.

"It was a beloved Atlanta landmark single-screen cinema, the flagship of the Storey chain, before closing in 1985." - ArtsATL by Andrew Alexander

The gloATL folks performed in the Rhodes November 8-10, 2013.


You can't tell it was a theater. It looks 1-story yet seems colossal, clever design by Ivey and Crook.

Everything "theater" is gone.

The screen was down there. Was there a stage? I don't remember.

The lobby was on the other side of that wall. There wasn't a balcony,

The arches are still there.

The cornice is still there.

gloATL performed inside.

Music, dance by gloATL, projections by Living Walls, photographic murals by Dustin Chambers.

I'm a gloATL fan and I like this sort of thing. I'm fidgety and at glo performances I don't have to stay put.

The dancers danced everywhere, the music sounded great everywhere.

The babies enjoyed it.

I couldn't take it all in.

This was probably my last look and last listen at the Rhodes, but who knows?

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Landmark Modernist Ansley Teardown used Rotation, Superimposition and Poche

When completed about 1986, the Hulse residence wasn't like its neighbors. That made it a landmark.

Some modernists hated it, some traditionalists liked it.

"The Hulse house ... was designed in 1985 by Anthony Ames, Arch '68, for a young couple interested in a modern interpretation of residential living in Atlanta's Ansley Park. The modern house was built on the site of an older dwelling that was demolished." - Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine

In any case it had become a familiar sight and we thought it would last at least as long as a pro football stadium.

Demolition started in earnest on November 6. Most everyone has an opinion. Me too.

Fortunately we have Anthony Ames, the architect himself, on video. He spoke about the Hulse house and you can watch the video from September 24, 2008, Georgia Tech's Architecture Centennial Lecture Series. The Hulse House starts at 30:37 and runs until about 57:00.

From the lecture:

Palazzo Pandolfini (Raphael) was a source of inspiration.

"...pre-modern: ideal and regular, closed, often symmetrical...modern: endless and undefined or loosely defined"

"Consequently I designed a series of houses that allowed for the investigation of the coexhistance of modern and pre-modern space and the uses of rotation superimposition and poche."

"All the projects are the same only the site and the programs change."

Mr. Ames explains it all quite well with a sense of humor.

What is poche? Paraphrasing Mr. Ames: It's the screwy space you get when you superimpose rotated plans. It's good for service infratructure.  Turns out we have some poche in our house.

Sounds like poe-SHAY (Edgar Allan POE and SHEA Stadium).

Be on the lookout for the new house.

P.S. This may be the next Ansley Park teardown:

Its a 1909'er according to property records.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Demolishing the Hulse, Dancing the Rhodes, Moving the Randolph-Lucas - What a Week

I doubt Atlanta has many weeks like this. I am moved. Were you here too?

These deserve research, deep thought, analysis, and opinion. But I'm not blogger enough right now.

Hulse Residence:

Jim Winner tipped me about the demolition the Hulse House in Ansley Park. Designed by Anthony Ames (1984?).

I told Joe Dreher who'd studied this house while pursuing his architecture degree. We kind-of covered it. Joe has some wrenching but fascinating videos of the demo.

Rhodes Theater:


gloATL and Living Walls opened the Rhodes Theater for the weekend. It was "The Traveling Show Town Six." I'm standing where the screen was, looking towards where the the lobby was. Designed by Ivey and Crook (1937).

I dropped in on Thursday night to see a rehearsal (above) with Rhodes Hall glowing from across the street. I caught the wonderful Friday night performance too: music, projections, and dance in this gutted but still impressive space.

Randolph-Lucas House:


The Randolph-Lucas house moved this week. On Thursday, they took the second floor off. Designed by P. Thornton Mayre (Completed 1924).

It's journey to Peachtree Circle started with an impromptu street and house party about 1 a.m. Saturday morning.

What a week. Were you there too?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Six December Atlanta Home Tours - Really - HOLIDAY TOUR OVERLOAD - wait, now there are 7

I mean: who doesn't have lots of free time during holiday season?

It's 2013 home tour overload and these are the just the ones I know about. Does any know about the Telephone Factory this year?

Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes, 2013
Friday Dec. 6 5:30-9:30 pm and - Saturday Dec. 7 5:30-9:30 pm

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes, 2013
Saturday, Dec. 7 10–4pm and Sunday Dec 8. 12–4pm

The Stacks Lofts + Artists Tour, 2013
Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-8pm

The Marietta Pilgrimage, 2013
December 7-8, complicated times

Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes, 2013
Saturday Dec 14 6-10pm, December 15 6-10pm

Avondale Tour of Homes & Holiday Market, 2013
Sunday, December 15th
Tour of Homes 3:00pm to 8:00pm.
Holiday Market Noon to 6:00pm.

Make it seven is you drive east a bit, thanks to Trish at The Old Post Road.
Madison Georgia 30th Annual Town & Country Holiday Tour
December 5-8, 2013
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:00-4:00pm
Friday & Saturday Candlelight 5:00-9:00pm
Sunday 1:00-5:00pm

Because it's not like the others: pictures are from the "Stacks" tours, the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill in Cabbagetown.

This loft is in...

...this building.

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If we're lucky, the rooftop decks will be open.



There are more than 500 lofts in the Stacks, and a pool. It's an amazing place.

Say hello if see me.

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