Saturday, August 29, 2015

787 Windsor and the Railroad Shops in Mechanicsville

It was love at first sight for me. Ric Geyer has bought it and he's going to do all those things we'd want him to do. Lucky us!

I first saw it during last year's Living Walls. It was like stumbling onto a forgotten temple in the forest. I showed Kelly Jordan a picture, he thought circa 1880.

I don't have words for 787 or for the whole railroad shop complex. Maybe I can tease you down there with a few pictures. It's pretty close to Turner Field. The map is at the bottom of this post, go see.


787 Windsor is a tiny part of the railroad shops that divide Mechanicsville from Pittsburgh, the shops that gave both neighborhoods their names.

2015-08-27 Mechanicsville and Pittsburgh Atlanta Neighborhoods NPU map

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The south end of the shops is the location for The Walking Dead's Terminus.

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Between Terminus at the south end and 787 at the north end are these stunning railroad shops.

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Back to 787 Windsor.


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Here's Ric Geyer (rhymes with "flyer"). 

Go see before the crowds get there.





Thursday, August 20, 2015

Atop the Gothic Tower in Grant Park and Stained Glass Too - Terry's Tiny Video Tour

I met the building manager yesterday, he said, "Want to see?"

It's the Georgia Avenue Church at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Grant Street in Grant Park. Three congregations meet there. It's one of the Architecture Tourist's favorite spaces in Atlanta but I'd never seen upstairs.


The balcony is now an office with this window.

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The bottom part of the big window shows in the sanctuary, the top part shows in the balcony.

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It's the Anchor Window. See?

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Then he pointed to the dark spiral stair up to the belfry. I never dreamed of this and was excited. I needed hours but had minutes.

From the bell-free belfry I climbed to the roof.  It was crenelated parapet wall battlements or in Terry's terms: "Decorative tower battlements with pointy merlons and embrasures (aka crenels)."

So here:



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