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Atlanta Constitution Building, Atlanta, Georgia
from Library of Congress

Historic American Buildings Survey pics of the Constitution Building, of which I posted my own pics earlier. What’s depressing is how good the building still looked when these were taken back in the 70s or early 80s. By now the building has been vacant over 30 years and there are trees growing on the roof. 

From LoC entry:

This Art Moderne six story Flemish bond brick, marble, and limestone building features a flat roof, rounded corners, and horizontal bands of windows. The building was known as the Atlanta Constitution Building until the Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution consolidated and outgrew this facility in 1955. The building was occupied by the Georgia Power Company until 1972 and has been unoccupied ever since. The building is considered eligible for architecture under National Register Criterion C as one of the earliest, if not the earliest, “Modern” style building in the City of Atlanta. The property also possesses a local level of significance in the area of industry under Criterion A for its association with the Georgia Power Company.

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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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Constitution Building, Atlanta, Georgiafrom DOCOMOMOGA
Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement in Georgia (DOCOMOMOGA) has been putting the spotlight on this historic yet abandoned, crumbling Streamline Moderne building in Downtown Atlanta. It was once the home to the Atlanta Constitution daily newspaper. It’s been boarded up for ages and there are TREES growing all over the roof at this point, and yet due to 10 years of BS, nothing has been done. Anyway, check out a recent DOCOMOMOGA blog post on the latest news re this building, plus links to past blogs. Meanwhile, here’s their web site: docomomoga.org

Constitution Building, Atlanta, Georgia
from DOCOMOMOGA

Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement in Georgia (DOCOMOMOGA) has been putting the spotlight on this historic yet abandoned, crumbling Streamline Moderne building in Downtown Atlanta. It was once the home to the Atlanta Constitution daily newspaper. It’s been boarded up for ages and there are TREES growing all over the roof at this point, and yet due to 10 years of BS, nothing has been done. Anyway, check out a recent DOCOMOMOGA blog post on the latest news re this building, plus links to past blogs. Meanwhile, here’s their web site: docomomoga.org

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