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Art Print Notes:

There’s something hauntingly beautiful to me about the lost buildings of a city like the one in this old Atlanta print. The original black and white photo this is based on was photographed for the Historic American Building Survey for the US government. This beautiful old piece of commercial architecture is the historic Equitable Building. It stood on Edgewood Avenue from 1892 through 1971. It was razed like so much of old Atlanta in the name of progress. In this case, it made way for an open plaza in front of the Trust Company Bank Building.

The Equitable Building was considered Atlanta’s first skyscraper. At only eight stories tall, by today’s standards it was barely a tall building, but this piece of old Atlanta architecture was a sign of things to come. This was the start of a city that would spend the 20th century growing ever taller and larger.

Based on other photos in the series, I think this glimpse of old Atlanta was easily within a decade of the swan song of the old Equitable Building. I would have loved to have seen its architecture in person. It was designed by the Chicago firm of Burnham and Root. Their distinctive style of architecture was popular in many large cities of the time, including historic Atlanta.

In the process of working on this little echo of old Atlanta, I found one old color photo of the Equitable Building. The vintage color was so deteriorated that it offered only a hint of the original color. I combined that with looking at modern photos of surviving Burnham and Root buildings to get a clearer concept of how the Equitable building likely looked standing above the streets of an old Atlanta long before I called it home.

Did you see the old Equitable Building in person? Or like me do you just love the vintage style and the echo of an old Atlanta beyond reach? I would love it if you took a few seconds to share what you enjoy most about this vintage print?

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