Tuesday, February 4, 2014

It doesn't seem possible that both of these are houses

The recession saved the Hood House for a while but they are building again in Brookhaven Fields (map below).

I took this picture in late 2008. I think folks lived there, a "granny" house with two outbuildings holding back the McMansion tide. Property records say the Hood house was built in 1947 with 680 square feet, 2 bedrooms and 1 bath on half an acre.

Oh no. on Monday I found a big yellow sign: "Request to Waive lot Merger Requirement."

I stopped to take some pictures. The place was empty.

It was Homer Hood's house. Do people still put their names on the mailbox?

The camera exaggerates the difference in scale but not much.

Awnings must make it dark in there.

Clothesline post and outbuilding.

This is inviting. What's in there?

My dad insisted on checking for snakes in outbuildings. Good advice I think. I use a noisy foot shuffling approach.

Maybe they built this around their old BBQ pit.

It's the place to eat watermelon and peel shrimp.

I think they enclosed the back porch.

From back here the Hood compound seems so spacious.There's room for 2 quarter acre maxi-houses.

But we can't do 'em like this anymore, not a couple of blocks from the Brookhaven MARTA station.

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  1. I just discovered your blog, oddly enough after driving down Dresden today for the first time in years. I am so disgusted with ugly, soulless development squeezing out any real sense of place or "reality"...it just gets worse and worse. My daughter and I took pictures of the old green apartment buildings a bit further down Peachtree, towards Phipps. There's a big fence now and "NO TRESPASSING" signs everywhere. We sat in the magnolia out front and said a prayer for the place, but I'm sure it's toast.


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