Saturday, September 2, 2017

Teardown: Bethel Outreach Deliverance Church, Adams Street

It was different and doomed, it won't be remembered or missed, but its loss leaves the neighborhood with a little less. 

I have a thing about these "different" places set among subdivision mono-cultures. The old houses in the  MAK Historic District in Decatur Georgia are mighty good, Leila Ross Wilburn designed several. Adams Street is particularly good, a street of porches. The new houses are pretty good too. (See the map at the end of this blog)

Though this little church fits neither the quality, style, scale, or age of it's neighbors, I still have a thing.

I only have a few pictures:


20170328_122949 2017-03-28 Bethel Outreach Deliverance Church 204 Adams Street Decatur Georgia teardown
It's on my errand route, I've been driving by every week or two for more than a decade. The blank marquee is a sign of danger. Then...

20170328_122702 2017-03-28 Bethel Outreach Deliverance Church 204 Adams Street Decatur Georgia teardown
Nothing says doom like an "Historical Preservation Commission" sign that says "DEMO NON-CONFORMING STRUCTURE"


20170328_122736 2017-03-28 Bethel Outreach Deliverance Church 204 Adams Street Decatur Georgia teardown
The auditorium and Sunday school are on the corner of Adams and Ashley: Calculated Acreage 0.29, Year Built 1967, Square Footage 3,228.








20170328_122758 2017-03-28 Bethel Outreach Deliverance Church 204 Adams Street Decatur Georgia teardown
There's an older building out back. Actually on a separate lot. 136 Ansley Street Calculated Acreage 0.31 Year built 1945 1088 sf

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More charming, more beat up.

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On the parking lot.

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Little buildings like this are behind 1000 churches.

20170328_122958 2017-03-28 Bethel Outreach Deliverance Church 204 Adams Street Decatur Georgia teardown
Fellowship hall downstairs and Sunday school in the "L."

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The big window.

Peeking through windows in the door.

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Narthex

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There's a lantern in the narthex.

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Pews are gone. There's still a "stage" in the chancel.

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Lanterns and a trophy.

All the other windows were blocked.

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I just missed the demolition. Wish I was there earlier

Map




Terry's tiny notes:
"The problem is that most churches thought their building was a permanent representation of their congregation."

"Even those who want to build impressive liturgical structures may need to consider whether or not this makes sense, particularly if we do not live in a French village that will be the same in 500 years."
 - 2 Wrong Ways to Think About Church Buildings

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Philip McDuffie House (1922) Hentz, Reid & Adler, a "Neel Reid" Part 2 of 2

We don't know how much is Neel Reid, how much is Hentz, Reid & Adler, how much is not. Away from the big public rooms things get less Neel Reid-y don't you think? Brown marble floors for example, don't harmonize with the front rooms, not to my eye anyway. 

Here's part one: Philip McDuffie House (1922) Hentz, Reid & Adler, a "Neel Reid" Part 1 of ? 


"Floral" would describe the dining room.

My interior pictures don't convey the house. So here's a little video.



Here are all my pictures.

Thanks,
Terry


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tiny Church on 8th at Fielder Awaits Mixed Use-ification

I call it the Octane Coffee District and I have a secret parking spot when it's busy over there. I take 8th street down from the Marietta Street ridge and park on Fiedler Avenue next to this nondescript little church building. (Note to self: Didn't I just blog a Neel Reid Mansion?)



Last week I peeked inside.


In the Brady-10th-Northside triangle of flattop warehouses this little gabled shotgun with stained glass is the "difference" that I often find irresistible.

Those magnolias were probably perfect for about 5 years then got too expensive to take down.


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Where to park: Fielder Avenue.There's the Architecture Tourist-mobile.

20170722_192227 2017-07-22 Christ Church Midtown 645 8th St. N.W. Atlanta
I don't know about Christ Church Midtown, but in 2013 the House of Prayer Pentecostal Holiness Church sold it to a developer (a) "...recognized and respected leader of urban development in Atlanta, Georgia - focusing on the revitalization of under-utilized areas and transforming them into vibrant neighborhoods."

So it awaits mixed use-ification. Lot: 6,050 sf / 0.1389 acres, built 1955 3,360 sf.
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My father's advice was that if you keep the grass mowed, it'll be fine. No foundation planting, no problem, no pesky pruning either.

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Not fixing these.

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Bushy on the west side.

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Windows in fair shape over here. Are there dedications and memorials on these windows?

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Last week the sun was shining just right and I realized I could hold my camera over my head to see inside the front windows.

20170722_192205 2017-07-22 Christ Church Midtown inside through front window stained glass

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20170722_192315 2017-07-22 Christ Church Midtown 645 8th St. N.W. Atlanta inside through front window stained glass

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Thanks,
Terry

Monday, July 24, 2017

Philip McDuffie House (1922) Hentz, Reid & Adler, a "Neel Reid" Part 1 of ?

If Neel Reid himself walked though the front door of 7 Cherokee today, he'd likely say, "You haven't changed this foyer in 90 years! Let's get to work." That's what I think anyway.

The new owners are renovating and adding on. They are removing some of the fancy woodwork in the public rooms. "Fancy?" I really mean HEROIC. Are they ruining a "Neel Reid?" Someone said Yong Pak and Pak Heydt & Associates will be working on it. Take comfort.

It's taken me two weeks to publish a few pictures with captions. How to start when it's a legend? I don't know the names of styles or design details. How much of this did Neel Reid personally design? Did he set foot inside once it was done or decorated? How much has changed in the last 90 years?

My pictures and videos are so lame in telling you about the house but I'll show you a few in the blog. Here are links to my 7 Cherokee pictures in Flickr, my four 7 Cherokee videos in YouTube and a nice biography of Philip McDuffie from Buckhead Heritage. Phillip McDuffie developed Garden Hills among other things.

I don't get invited to these places so I follow estate sales. Once in a while I get lucky, this one thanks to VT Estate Sales.



This is as close can you get without an invitation. 8,562 square feet on 4 acres. My impression is the "whole" rather than the parts, a single composition.

Peachtree Heights West, has been of Atlanta's prestigious neighborhoods for 90 years. There's a nest of Neel Reid's (and more) surrounding the intersection of Andrews and Cherokee.


There's the gate. Looks like money wasn't the issue.


I got stuck at the gate wondering if I could process the house.


Gate details. Original? Neel Reid? James Means? There are many more pineapples and lanterns and lamps ahead.

 

The triple double-windows to the left are the front of the narrow end of the living-room / library. Not a weed in the lawns, the gardens, or the driveway.



Fancy balustraded wall and steps, fancy for the cars.



Even the tire stops are fancy.



Here you go. My long eye says: symmetrical, balanced, harmonious. My close eye wonders: how many design decisions, how many measurements to make harmony? How many budget decisions, value engineering? Do people live here, have consulate parties and debutante receptions? All and more I think.



I felt more important than intimidated. Did the medallions, niches and urns have to be just so?



I've got to stop here for now. Let me tease you with one picture from the inside.


This would be the dining room.

Thanks,
Terry


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Keeping Morrow Weird: Branch Library by Scogin, Elam, and Bray

It was my birthday and I am the Architecture Tourist after all. I was in Stockbridge, Google said it was only eight minutes to the Carol Cobb Turner Branch Library in Morrow by Scogin, Elam, and Bray.

First: The bottom lines.
  1. I salute places that are open to the public.
  2. You've just got to see this place. Pictures don't convey how strange-wonderful it is. 
  3. It's totally nutty on the outside. But when you walk in... 
  4. I like places that can accommodate a mess. And this place...
  5. Scogin, Elam, and Bray designed two more libraries in Clayton County.
  6. I'm thinking a Saturday morning road trip to see all three. Interested? 
  7. There's a Star Trek reference below.

So I went and I've been giggling ever since.


"This is the weirdest building I've ever seen." Prison worker emptying the trash 16 May 2017


"Do you ever get disoriented in here?" Terry 16 May 2017
"Yes!" Morrow Branch Library desk clerk 16 May 2017


"... the Talosians, who then allowed Captain Pike to see that her youthful beauty was an illusion. (Vina) explained she had nearly died in the crash and that the Talosians, who had never seen Humans, had had no guide in repairing her smashed body." Star Trek "The Menagerie, Part II" 24 November 1966


"Weird is what what we do." paraphrasing Merrill Elam (left) speaking about the new Austin Courthouse at Record on the Road - Atlanta 29 March 2017


“Morrow library could have been built for less.” 30 January 1992 The Clayton Sun


Then there's the alien spaceship pointing to the mother-ship.

20170516_103859 2017-05-16 Morrow Branch Library Carol Cobb Turner Branch Scogin n Elam n Bray 6225 Maddox Road Clayton County Georgia 1991 General Contractor Lusk and Associates
But also a human touch.

Road trip?



Let's visit one Saturday.

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