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post by Oelky   |  | 
Paper, Power, Vandal Protection
< on 1/16/2021 3:27 AM >



Known as the old home of a local newspaper, this 5 story structure sits at downtown. Constructed in 1947 for $3 million, it was home to the paper while Ralph McGill served as editor. During this period, the paper's radio station occupied the top floor, while the ground floor was dedicated to retail space. Three years later, the paper was purchased by James C Cox, who merged it with another paper that he owned. The rapidly expanding publication moved out of the building in 1953. Georgia Power moved in two years after.



From 1953-1960, many Atlantans in the metro area would head to the modern building in the heart of downtown to pay their utilities. In 1960, Georgia Power moved to 241 Ralph McGill, leaving the building empty once again. Throughout the next 12 years tenants went in and out of the building, ultimately leaving it empty in 1972.



Many attempts have been made by local preservations to add the building to the National Register of Historic Places, but the city has not been on their side in the process. However, when the building was abandoned in 1972, a bas-relief piece was removed and rehomed in the Georgia World Congress Center Marta Station. The piece was created by a graduate of Georgia Tech, Julian Harris, and measures at 72 feet.



Until recently, the owner of the building was the Georgia Department of Transportation, but in 2017 they sold to Pope & Land & Place Properties. The new owner talked of transforming the property into low cost housing units.



The building sits empty and abandoned today. Covered in VPS panels. A distinct departure from the plans of four years ago.






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post by goon1   |  | 
Re: Paper, Power, Vandal Protection
<Reply # 1 on 1/20/2021 7:03 AM >

Impressive explore; that place is plastered with VBS plates so I'm sure entry was a bitch and a half.

This place is just a few blocks from where I had an internship a couple of years ago and I loved going out of my way to walk past it. I never got around to exploring it, but it always been something that's teased me.


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post by SoupForDummies   |  | 
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<Reply # 2 on 4/2/2021 4:54 PM >

WHAAAAT?!?!?

No way you got in here.

I got in once almost 15 years ago when it was a homeless camp. It was open as recent as about 8 years ago but I pussed out because I was alone with no flashlight at the time.

I've literally checked this spot about a half dozen times in the past year.

Seriously impressed if you can't tell, lol.


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post by kabdad   |  | 
Re: Paper, Power, Vandal Protection
<Reply # 3 on 4/5/2021 12:54 PM >

Awesome! I shot here in 2001 with a shitty old point and click camera. I wish I still had those photos. I have tried several times to get in over the last few years but been unsuccessful each time. I randomly checked the back door in January and found it open, but did not have my gear, so I didn't go more than 30 feet into the building. I went back 2 weeks later and it was sealed back up. Great work. I'm super jealous.


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post by Once-ler   |  | 
Re: Paper, Power, Vandal Protection
<Reply # 4 on 8/5/2021 9:21 AM >

Well damn Oelky, I gotta say I'm happy that it was you that did this place cuz your shots are absolutely hands down the best that I've seen from this location. This place has been completely blasted in every way for fifty years and you showed real beauty here. Cheers!

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post by Oelky   |  | 
Re: Paper, Power, Vandal Protection
<Reply # 5 on 8/13/2021 7:22 AM >

Awh shucks! Thanks buddy, miss you


Posted by Once-ler
Well damn Oelky, I gotta say I'm happy that it was you that did this place cuz your shots are absolutely hands down the best that I've seen from this location. This place has been completely blasted in every way for fifty years and you showed real beauty here. Cheers!

~O





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