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Old 05-08-2018, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Deliberately demolition of a neighborhood in it's entirety is different from preservation efforts.

Buttermilk Bottoms and other Urban Rewal sites should not have been destroyed and replaced with fortress style public buildings / highways / stadiums. But that does mean it needed to be preserved as-is. If the street grid and lot structure was maintained the private buildings could be redeveloped as many intown are.

But yes, we now have the gift of hindsight to say this. It is not so clear from the perspective of the 1950s.
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BB was certainly not the only community to succumb to this fate. The Beacon, Decatur's historic black community, was also razed entirely for government housing.

The Beacon Community | City of Decatur, GA

Allen Wilson Homes was also razed and rebuilt a few years ago. It remains an integral part of the community at large.

Allen Wilson

Well, we're pretty far afield at this point. Any thoughts on the Civic Center?
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Old 05-08-2018, 11:40 AM
 
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Deliberately demolition of a neighborhood in it's entirety is different from preservation efforts.

Buttermilk Bottoms and other Urban Rewal sites should not have been destroyed and replaced with fortress style public buildings / highways / stadiums. But that does mean it needed to be preserved as-is. If the street grid and lot structure was maintained the private buildings could be redeveloped as many intown are.

But yes, we now have the gift of hindsight to say this. It is not so clear from the perspective of the 1950s.
There were individuals sounding the alarm even back then. They constituted a minority but they should be recognized for their efforts.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_renewal#Reaction
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Old 05-08-2018, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Anyway, allow me to redirect the thread back the original topic.
The photo of the front elevation is what piqued my interest in the possibility of preservation in the first place. Good examples of New Formalism architecture are apparently few and far between (NYC still celebrates Lincoln Center, another prime example), so I think a good case could be made for its rehabilitation.
And cq is absolutely correct in his assertion that the Superblock should be broken up. The building's formal entrance needs a proper approach.
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Old 05-08-2018, 12:59 PM
 
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Anyway, allow me to redirect the thread back the original topic.
The photo of the front elevation is what piqued my interest in the possibility of preservation in the first place. Good examples of New Formalism architecture are apparently few and far between (NYC still celebrates Lincoln Center, another prime example), so I think a good case could be made for its rehabilitation.
And cq is absolutely correct in his assertion that the Superblock should be broken up. The building's formal entrance needs a proper approach.
The facade of our Civic Center is clearly evocative of Lincoln Center.

If it's feasible to keep it I'd like to do so.


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Old 05-08-2018, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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The facade of our Civic Center is clearly evocative of Lincoln Center.

If it's feasible to keep it I'd like to do so.

So glad you posted that pic, arjay. It's a great inspiration for what could be done for the approach of the ACC.
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