Oakland Cemetery - Image via VisitSouth.com
Oakland Cemetery is sometimes called Atlanta’s “City of the Dead,” given its mansion-like mausoleums, towering obelisks, and network of brick-paved streets. It’s also of the only places in the city of Atlanta that hasn’t changed much since the 1850s. Even if you didn’t go through a Goth stage as a teenager, its easy to appreciate the peaceful, time-worn aura of Oakland. While many people associate cemeteries with a certain orange and black hued holiday, a couple of condo buildings just outside the ancient walls of Oakland allow you to appreciate this hallowed ground year round.
Fifth and Main - Credit: COA Architects
The new owners of Nashville’s Fifth and Main condo project are hoping an auction might jumpstart interest in their mostly empty asset. This isn’t the building’s first time at the rodeo, so to speak; ACG Equities Inc. acquired the foreclosed building at auction in 2009 for $11.2 million.
Reid House in 1954; Credit: Special Collections, Pullen Library, Georgia State University
If Atlanta’s glass condo towers of the past decade bring to mind Miami’s skyline, Midtown’s Reid House is a throwback to the Upper West Side. Confidently standing like an elegant lady who’s seen it all and isn’t impressed, the Reid House’s brick and limestone mass rises 10 stories behind a small lawn of old trees and ivy. Homebuyers value Reid House for its one-of-a-kind units and fabulous location in the heart of the cultural district.
Proposed buildings for GLG Park Plaza in Midtown.
Atlanta’s Midtown is hardly recognizable from 20 years ago. It’s truly astonishing how much development has occurred in this most urbane of intown neighborhoods, with signature buildings like Metropolis, Viewpoint, Spire, 1010 Midtown, and the Mayfair Towers dramtically defining the airspace between Downtown and Buckhead. What’s even more fascinating is what didn’t get built. Consider the curious case of GLG Park Plaza.
Think quick: what’s Atlanta’s most expensive foreclosure at the moment? I’ll give you some hints. Its exterior was designed by the nation’s foremost classically inclined architect; its interior resembles Warhol’s Silver Factory; and the building that houses it went into foreclosure earlier last year. Give up?
The Atlanta skyline as seen from Kennesaw Mountain; Credit: dvandevate on Panoramio.com
After a relaxing weekend in gorgeous Asheville, North Carolina, I’ve come to realize something: Atlanta’s pretty flat. Yes, we have hills and compared to Florida we’re the Himalayas, but there are few opportunities for true “mountain homes.” That is, unless you want to measure your commute in hours.
One of the beautiful Victorians on St. Charles Avenue in Midtown Atlanta
I’ve always fancied myself an old-house person. Growing up, I had subscriptions to This Old House and Old House Journal magazines, and I would spend hours drafting plans for what my ideal vintage house would look like. I had dreams of mellowed woodwork, wavy glass windows, plaster walls with charming imperfections, and that all important old house smell. I dreamt of finishing out the attic for a little rainy afternoon reading nook, reached by a set of narrow, steep stairs. And if there were a few ghosts hanging around, I’d more than enough room to share.
The central corridor at Studioplex - Old Fourth Ward
Over the past two weeks, we’ve looked at homes on the Beltline in Virginia Highland and Poncey Highland. Our tour concludes with buildings located in Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward. These two intown neighborhoods are like cousins, long separated by the rail line that’s now the Beltline. Even though they’re similar geographically, their differences make them distinct from one another.
The Plaza Theater is an Art Deco landmark located at the neighborhood's namesake intersection, North Highland Avenue at Ponce de Leon Avenue - Credit: Indieflixx.com
Last week, Clicks and Mortar featured homes on the Beltline in Virginia Highland. This week we continue our journey down the highly anticipated rails-to-trails project for a look at buildings in the Poncey Highland neighborhood.