Sunday, December 14, 2014

Grandest House on Moreland Avenue (except Kreigshaber House) is Boarded Up

It's on the way to Grandma's if you go the long way and the long way is the Architecture Tourist's favorite way to go.

I've been sneaking by here when I could for almost 20 years. I've been dreaming a history for it but I'd like to know the real story if you know somebody who knows. There's a map and a video at the bottom.


This grand house is near Ellenwood Georgia on Highway 23 south of I-285.

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It's the grandest house with the grandest garage on Moreland until you get to McDonough, until long after Moreland has changed to Macon Highway, North Henry Boulevard, then Atlanta Street.

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It has the maximum front porch for a one-story.  And who doesn't love fluted square columns of real wood.

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I've never seen a soul or even a car there. A couple of years ago they boarded up the back windows.

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Yesterday I had a little look around.

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Looks like it was last a real estate office.

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Or maybe a developers' office.

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A little leaky in one room.

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An important fireplace.

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It has mostly lost its identity as a house. Perhaps it was never a home, perhaps it was a funeral home, maybe both but I don't know.

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There's a side porch too. Looks like the copper thieves have already been here.

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The side porch faces this walled garden on the the north side, can't see it from the street. They've kept the lawn mowed.

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There's a millstone in the middle.

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View from the walled garden.

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You'd need a hard heart not to fall in love with the garage.

Go see if you are in the neighborhood. It's where Old Rex Morrow Road T-Bones Highway 23.



Video 1:02



Sunday, December 7, 2014

Little Flatiron Landmark in Reynoldstown

I've always had a crush on it, always wanted it be something, always wanted an excuse to visit.

"The plan of streets in Reynoldstown is a series of small grids that connect awkwardly to one another...forming T-shaped intersections..." - National Register of Historic Places Registration Form February, 2003

The crazy curvy diagonal of Flat Shoals Avenue gives rise to some "odd shaped lots" that make Reynoldstown perpetually interesting to me.


My eye always stops at this little flatiron. It shows on all four sides and even its backside is cute. It's pretty much at the center of "downtown" Reynoldstown.

20141204_121554 Yolkspace Gallery Reynoldstown 166 Stovall Street circa
It's been boarded up as long as I remember then a hair salon.

Let's have a look around.

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The front looks like a face to me. You?

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The streetcar to East Lake, Decatur, and the Soldiers Home ran on the right side.

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Update: Thanks to Lisa: Flatiron in Red via Streetview:

2014-12-08 shot 166 Stovall as hair salon Reynoldstown old streetview in red 2
Perhaps you can tell me a little more about this place.





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