Building at 760-768 Confederate Avenue Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Atlanta, GA
Friday, October 19, 2018 - 11:00

 

The Building at 760-768 Confederate Avenue was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on October 2, 2018. The property is located at 760 Confederate Avenue in Atlanta (Fulton County). The nomination is sponsored by the property owner, and nomination materials were prepared by Simo Community Design.   

The Building at 760-768 Confederate Avenue is a one-story, west-facing commercial row located at the intersection of Confederate and Ormewood avenues. It sits just outside the boundary of the National Register-listed Grant Park Historic District and is approximately two miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

The Building at 760-768 Confederate Avenue was listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its significance in the areas of commerce and architecture. Constructed c.1927, the building is significant in the area of commerce for its longtime use in a variety of commercial endeavors in the Grant Park neighborhood of Atlanta. From the time of its construction and throughout the historic period, the building served as commercial space for grocers, pharmacies, dry cleaners, barbers, and laundromats, among others, and provided goods and services to nearby residents, who could easily access the location on foot or via the streetcar system. With its large display windows, elements of the Mediterranean Revival style, and orientation to the former streetcar line, 760-768 Confederate Avenue is similar to other commercial buildings scattered throughout Grant Park. The building is also significant in the area of architecture as a good example of the multiple retail type, a defined commercial building type in Georgia. This building is representative of the type through its one-story height, flat roof, identical storefronts, and early 20th century construction date.

The brick building is rectangular in plan and divided into four equally-sized commercial bays with a narrower fifth bay on the southern end. On the façade, brick engaged piers separate each storefront and are topped by large paired brackets, which support a terracotta tile-roofed canopy. Multi-light transoms over a central door flanked by large display windows comprise each wood-framed storefront. After a long period of deferred maintenance and vacancy, the building was rehabilitated in 2014-2015.

The National Register of Historic Places is our country's official list of historic buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts worthy of preservation. The National Register provides formal recognition of a property's architectural, historical, or archaeological significance. It also identifies historic properties for planning purposes, and insures that these properties will be considered in the planning of state or federally assisted projects. National Register listing encourages preservation of historic properties through public awareness, federal and state tax incentives, and grants. Listing in the National Register does not place obligations or restrictions on the use, treatment, transfer, or disposition of private property. 

The Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources serves as Georgia’s state historic preservation office. Its mission is to promote the preservation and use of historic places for a better Georgia.  HPD’s programs include archaeology protection and education, environmental review, grants, historic resource surveys, tax incentives, the National Register of Historic Places, community planning and technical assistance. 

The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations, while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.    

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For press inquiries contact Historic Preservation Division Outreach Program Manager Allison Asbrock at 770-389-7868 or allison.asbrock@dnr.ga.gov.