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Atlanta Constitution Building, Atlanta, Georgia
by Wendy Darling

Endangered, rapidly deteriorating Streamline Moderne building just a couple of blocks from my home in Downtown Atlanta. Over the years trees have sprouted and grown on the roof, windows have fallen out, and the threat of destruction has hung, but the powers that be have yet to tear it down and meanwhile preservationalists cling to hope.

Background from Wikipedia:

The five-story Atlanta Constitution Building was constructed in 1947 and designed by Robert and Company at a cost of $3 million. The building housed the headquarters of the Atlanta Constitution newspaper during tenure of editor Ralph McGill until its consolidation with the Atlanta Journal when James C. Cox of the Journal bought the Constitution.

The newspaper subsequently outgrew its building and moved in 1953. There was construction or remodeling undertaken the same year. Georgia Power moved into the building in 1955 until 1960, and many Atlantans paid their electricity bills at this downtown location. Georgia Power moved to its new location on 241 Ralph McGill Boulevard when the building was finished in 1981. The downtown building has been vacant since 1972. The building was placed on the 2003 List of Endangered Buildings by the Buildings Worth Saving Committee of the Atlanta Preservation Center.

You can get a “Yesterday and Today” look at the building over on its Atlanta Time Machine page.

For a good deal more information on the building, please visit the Save the Constitutuion web site, run by DOCOMOMO Georgia: 

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