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created by rotten peach on 11/16/2004 4:47 AM
last modified by rotten peach on 2/4/2021 4:57 PM
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 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Repurposed
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
143 Alabama St.
Atlanta, Georgia
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • air quality
  • Violent homeless
  •  Interesting Features
    On-site pay parking and commanding views of surrounding glass & marble structures!
     Security Measures
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  • Ground level access welded shut and/or cinderblocked.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1947
    Closed: 1995
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • long pants / sleeves
  • backup flashlight, too!
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    Known as one of the many old “Atlanta Journal Constitution Buildings,” this 5 story structure sits at 143 Alabama St. Constructed in 1947 for $3 million, it was home to the paper “the Atlanta Constitution” while Ralph McGill served as editor. During this period, the Atlanta Journal radio station, WCON, occupied the top floor, while the ground floor was dedicated to retail space. Three years later, the paper was purchased by James C Cox, owner of “the Atlanta Journal,” and thus the “Atlanta Journal Constitution” was born. The rapidly expanding AJC 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.
     Media Coverage

     Future Plans
    "The seven-story structure - two floors are below street level - is slated for destruction to make way for the Georgia Department of Transportation's long-planned multimodal station, which will serve as a hub for passenger rail, bus lines and MARTA".
    First visit...
    Tue, Nov 16th, 2004
    posted by rotten peach

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    First visit....
    Tue, Nov 16th, 2004
    posted by rotten peach
    26 pictures
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    Fri, May 27th, 2005
    posted by rotten peach
    4 pictures
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    crackhead evasion 101
    Sun, Aug 6th, 2006
    posted by BOX
    16 pictures
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    Crack is wack
    Tue, Aug 8th, 2006
    posted by rev_skarekroe
    13 pictures
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    Winter '20
    Sat, Jan 2nd, 2021
    posted by Oelky
    6 pictures
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    1995 Historic Photos
    Sat, Jan 16th, 2021
    posted by Oelky
    7 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 2/4/2021 5:41 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Feb 4 21 at 17:41, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Feb 4 21 at 16:57, rotten peach changed the following: Display Name, Real Name
  • on Jan 16 21 at 15:49, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jan 16 21 at 15:48, Emperor Wang changed the following: Street Address
  • on Jan 16 21 at 15:47, Emperor Wang made this location public
  • on Jan 16 21 at 15:47, Emperor Wang changed the following: History
  • on Jan 16 21 at 3:14, Oelky added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jan 16 21 at 3:13, Oelky created a new gallery
  • on Jan 16 21 at 3:11, Oelky changed the following: Web Links
  • on Jan 16 21 at 3:09, Oelky changed the following: Display Name
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