Friday, April 3, 2015

PONCE CITY MARKET of ATLANTA



Taken in 1926
In 1925, Sears, Roebuck & Co. built a massive brick building on 16 acres of land on Ponce de Leon Ave. for a retail store and warehouse distribution center which served the Southeastern US. 
Atlanta City Hall East

Sears closed in 1989 and in 1991 the building was bought by Atlanta and converted into City Hall East. Using only 10% of the building and the upkeep of the building being astronomical, the city of Atlanta sold it and finally this historic structure is being restored to serve as entertainment, retail, apartment living and businesses.
The new and improved - PONCE CITY MARKET!!! 
My Baby Girl works for MailChimp. 
They outgrew their previous location and 
they're in the process of moving their offices 
into the PONCE CITY MARKET.  
Last weekend we took a tour of her new work place!
 Artwork covers many of the walls.
A conference room was covered with skateboards.

This wall mural shows how 
Diversity Connects to Diversity. 
This area connects the two levels and is used for guest speakers. It's like stadium seating with a projector behind me. 

This board is made of pencils, 
waiting to be hung on the wall! 
Isn't my Baby adorable?  
Now look at those windows! They still open!!
Jamestown Properties has restored most of the original features of the former Sears building in order to maintain the integrity of the project.  They have replaced hundreds of panes of glass in the original windows instead of replacing the windows.
Mixing the new with the old!! 
Where is your Baby Brother??
Soon :-}}
A board with huge electrical switches and 
My Girls! 
Having brunch!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

IS IT SPRING YET?

Remember to "SPRING FORWARD" 
this weekend! 

 A gift that keeps giving!
Thank you Mom for the mini daffodil bulbs! 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

AND THEN IT SNOWED




Wary of repeating the disastrous response to Atlanta's Jan. 2014 ice storm last winter where cars, trucks and school buses were trapped on the interstates for more than 24 hours;  we have been out of school for 5 of the last 10 school days!
We watch the national news nightly and it's embarrassing when comparing our winter to Boston's winter, or seeing photos sent from my Cousin in Illinois, or hearing about my SIL's adventures in Cleveland. 
Watching snow falling is a magical event!!
You go to bed to a brown, bare world
and wake up to a winter wonderland.
There is nothing more beautiful than the trees
and bushes covered in snow!  
But, for all of you living in the northern tundra -
 above the Mason Dixie Line - 
the winter of 2015 has gotten way out of hand. 
Let it be said, "ENOUGH!"
Let Spring Begin!!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA

 Jefferson Davis, Gen. Robert E. Lee and
Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
Stone Mountain is probably one of Atlanta's 
most popular attraction. 
The last weekend of January, 
Danny and I celebrated our 10th Anniversary 
by getting away - to the other side of town! 
The entire carved surface measures three-acres,
larger than a football field and Mount Rushmore
.
 Carving began in 1923 by Gutzon Borgtum.  After carving the head of Robert E. Lee, Borglum had an outburst, was fired and
went on to later carve Mount Rushmore.
 

In 1928, Augustus Lukeman took over the project
for only one month; but long enough to blow off Robert E. Lee's head, carved by Borgtum.
In 1964, carving resumes and
is finally completed in 1972. 
 We had a wonderfully quiet and 
relaxing weekend away, 
exploring Stone Mountain, 
riding our bikes around the "Rock" and 
walking the nature trails.
You can see Atlanta on the horizon. 
Through out the years, over 7 million cubic feet of granite has been removed from the mountain.  Granite from Stone Mountain was used to build the federal gold depository at Ft. Knox, to build the Panama Canal, the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo and is in the foundation of the Lincoln Memorial, to name just a few uses of  Stone Mountain Granite.

Sunrise from our hotel balcony. 

Thank goodness for all the sights to see 
and frequent stops!!
Boy, is it hilly!!
The century-old Grist Mill was moved 
from its original site near Ellijay, Ga. in 1965.  


In 1969, this pine and cedar bridge was 
moved from Athens, Ga.

In the summer, the 732-bell Carillon is played
for all to hear. It was donated by Coca-Cola
after the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. 

In the winter, Stone Mountain features their 
Winter Fest on Snow Mountain.  
They make snow for family fun 
for snowman building and tubing.  

Wish we lived closer so we could purchase a Mountain Membership and enjoy the bike and walking trails year round.  




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.

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