Saturday, January 24, 2015

CABBAGETOWN - THE "LIVING WALLS"

Cabbagetown is a fascinating neighborhood that is rich in local history and art.
The neighborhood is bordered on the north side by a never ending grey wall that is part of the Hulsey Yard, CSX train yard.   
"Living Walls" contacted Cabbagetown Neighborhood Association to allow two artists to paint a couple of  murals, in which they were more than happy to accommodate.

The street art is managed by the Wallkeeper's Committee.




This mural is directly across the street 
from the actual house!!

Detail of the front porch.

You can see the CSX Hulsey Railyard 
above the painted wall.



What I have shown is only a fraction of the Murals painted along these grey walls. My next post will be the Krog Street Tunnel.  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CABBAGETOWN - MR. GRUMPY

We're on our tour of Cabbagetown, Atlanta - 
walking down the middle of Powell St., 
OOOOing and Ahhhhhing over the 
colorful shotgun cottages and bungalows - 
when suddenly we see this. . . . . .
Then we hear two ferocious barking dogs . . . 
Look closely at the picture above and you'll see the snouts of two lovely Great Danes, 
earning their keep and letting us know not to come any closer.
See the massive "wind chimes" hanging in the tree?

Welcome to Mr. Grumpy's house!! 
He has been a resident of Cabbagetown for more than 25 years and he drives around the neighborhood in a golf cart.  
He can't be all bad since everyone talks about attending his backyard parties 
in the spring and summer. 
Let me introduce you to Mr. Grumpy -
the unofficial mayor of Cabbagetown!! 
I see a slight grin on that face :-}}


I am thrilled to take part 
with "Run A Round Ranch Report" - 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CABBAGETOWN - the HOMES

Jacob Elsas, the owner and operator for the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill built housing for the mill workers, beginning in 1881.  
Those earlier homes were built in the "Factory Lot," but are no long standing.
The oldest remaining homes were built between 1886 and 1892 along Reinhardt St. 
All the homes had front porches.
How else would you find out the 
Neighborhood News?
If only this tree could talk! 
Most homes were without 
plumbing and electricity.  

Water pumps were on the back porches 
and the outhouse in the back yard. 
Indoor plumbing was installed in the 1940s and Kerosene lamps and coal heaters were replaced 
in 1950 when the homes were wired for lights.







This house usually has 5 black, feral cats sunning themselves on the porch. There is a local program in which the feral cats are caught, spayed or neutered, then released.  The 5 black cats came with the house and included a bio on eat kitty!! 


Housing info. found - http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/atlanta/cab.htm

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CABBAGETOWN - an ATLANTA NEIGHBORHOOD

My daughter lives in a neighborhood in Atlanta called Cabbagetown.  We had a chance this weekend to explore this unique community that was built in 1881. 
Jacob Elsas was the owner and operator of the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill. He built one and two story shotgun and cottage-style homes for his workers who were recruited from poor Appalachia.  At one time the mill employed 2,600 people. 
The mill provided medical, dental, churches, grocery stores and nursery services for the employees.
The Elsas family sold the mill in 1957 and eventually closed in 1977. When the Elsas family sold the mill, they offered the homes to the residents of the homes.  
In 1996, the mill was renovated into the nation's largest residential loft community and is now called the Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts, in which artists, musicians and business professionals live today.

This tree sits on an empty lot on Carroll St. SE
We walked the streets exploring the homes and especially enjoyed the Cabbagetown Living Walls. 
Had to look down as well as up to capture  - EVERYTHING!! 

I took way too many photos to post at one time.  I'll follow with the Homes, the Wall and finish up with the Churches and Business. 
Easy to find this friend's house!! 

Information found - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabbagetown,_Atlanta
and http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/atlanta/cab.htm

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