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


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