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Old Mansions of Peachtree
Considering Peachtree Street now looks like this:
I thought it may be interesting
to show the
Old Mansions of Peachtree Street
In 1836, when the Georgia General Assembly decided to build a railroad from Savannah to the midwest, with a ” Terminus somewhere south east of the Chattahoochee River”, they never expected to create a boom-town which would experience population and construction booms from transportation, commerce, and real estate– time after time– until we have the nearly six million person metropolitan capital of today. This post focuses on the finest residential architecture built along only one street, world famous Peachtree Street, from 1850 through 1930.
I’ve often thought that a museum devoted solely to the evolution of Peachtree would be very interesting.
These first images are homes built before the Civil War:
(Most images courtesy of the Atlanta History Center and the Atlanta Time Machine, many thanks.)
After the war,
many fine homes were built in the Italianate, Victorian, and other styles along Peachtree
from 1865 through the 1890’s, in downtown.
Of course, most of us remember Rhett & Scarlett’s new mansion in Atlanta soon after ther war:
These homes above would all eventually have to be razed for commercial construction, as Atlanta boomed:
Further north, along Peachtree in what would become Midtown Atlanta,
the march of spectacular homes continued:
Between 1910 and 1930, much larger buildings were being built on Peachtree in midtown that would become the Fox Theatre Historic District:
As Peachtree downtown became more commercial, more mansions were built further north on Peachtree from Brookwood to Buckhead:
And, finally in 2006, Robert A. M. Stern Architect built The Mansion On Peachtree in Buckhead, now the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, at 580 feet tall and 42 floors.