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Midtown Skyline

Midtown Skyline

The Midtown skyline, seen here from Piedmont Park, reflects the neighborhood's dramatic growth. Midtown is the second-largest business district in Atlanta. 

Photograph by Daniel Mayer

Peachtree Street

Peachtree Street

Sections of Peachtree Street, Atlanta's primary thoroughfare, retained a rural character well into the late nineteenth century. 

Wimbish House

Wimbish House

The Wimbish House is one of the last grand homes remaining on Peachtree Street. It was built in 1898 and designed by noted Atlanta architect W.T. Downing.

Midtown Counterculture

Midtown Counterculture

In the late 1960s and 1970s, Midtown became a haven for Atlanta's counterculture. Here, young residents of the neighborhood can be seen lounging at a local hangout in 1968. 

Atlanta Pride

Atlanta Pride

Members of the Southern Element Flag Corps march down Peachtree Street in 1994 during the city's annual gay pride parade. A chapter of the Gay Liberation Front opened in Atlanta in 1971 and organized the city's first pride parade from 7th Street to Piedmont Park. 

Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre

Atlanta's Fox Theatre has seen more than $20 million in restoration projects since coming under the ownership of the nonprofit organization, Atlanta Landmarks, in 1975. The Fox was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

Springvale Park

Springvale Park

Comprising ten acres, Springvale Park is the centerpiece of the Inman Park neighborhood, which was established in the late 1880s. In 1903 Inman Park founder Joel Hurt hired landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to improve the park aesthetically.

Photograph by Ted Bazemore

Inman Park

Inman Park

Atlanta's first planned garden suburb, Inman Park was envisioned as an oasis for the city's wealthy citizens. After a period of decline, the neighborhood underwent an extensive restoration, beginning in the 1970s.

Photograph by Ted Bazemore

Trolley Barn, Inman Park

Trolley Barn, Inman Park

The Trolley Barn in Inman Park was the terminus for Atlanta's first electric streetcar line, which ran west to downtown. The barn was the repair depot for the streetcars. Today the building is used for community events.

Photograph by Ted Bazemore

Inman Park

Inman Park

In 1969 Robert Griggs purchased and restored this Queen Anne-style house on Euclid Avenue, thereby launching the Inman Park restoration movement.

Photograph by Ted Bazemore

Callan Castle, Inman Park

Callan Castle, Inman Park

The Beaux-Arts style Callan Castle (1902-4) was built in Inman Park for Coca-Cola Company founder Asa Candler.

Photograph by Ted Bazemore

Sweet Auburn

Sweet Auburn

The Sweet Auburn neighborhood was the heart of the Black residential and business community in the first part of the twentieth century. Pictured in the foreground is an administrative office of the National Park Service, which maintains the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in the neighborhood.

Atlanta Life Insurance

Atlanta Life Insurance

The old Atlanta Life Insurance building, pictured in 2005, is boarded up on Auburn Avenue. Established by Alonzo Herndon in 1905, Atlanta Life was one of three financial institutions, all headquartered in the Sweet Auburn district, that served the Black middle class in Atlanta before the civil rights movement.

Royal Peacock

Royal Peacock

The Royal Peacock, a club located in Atlanta's Sweet Auburn historic district, was formerly known as the Top Hat Club, one of the city's premier African American music venues early in the twentieth century.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthplace

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthplace

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in an upstairs room of this two-story Queen Anne-style house on January 15, 1929. He lived here, at 501 Auburn Avenue, until 1941.

Image provided by Wally Gobetz 

Sweet Auburn Festival

Sweet Auburn Festival

Visitors enjoy the activities offered at the Sweet Auburn Heritage Festival, held each year in the Auburn Avenue historic district. The festival was founded in 1984 by civil rights leader Hosea Williams.

Grant Park

Grant Park

Bird's-eye view of Grant Park and Oakland Cemetery in 1892, drawn by Augustus Koch.

Courtesy of Library of Congress

Color photograph of trees in Atlanta's Grant Park

Grant Park

Grant Park is now the oldest surviving park in Atlanta and houses Zoo Atlanta and a residential area. The park was named after Lemuel P. Grant, who donated the land to Atlanta in 1881.

Image from Scott Ehardt

Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta

In 1999 giant pandas arrived at Zoo Atlanta, located in the city's historic Grant Park, and quickly became one of the most popular attractions at the facility. Each year more than 500,000 people visit the zoo, which focuses on education, conservation, and research.

Lake, Grant Park

Lake, Grant Park

The lake at Grant Park, ca. 1907. The boathouse can be seen in the background.

Courtesy of Georgia Archives, Vanishing Georgia, #
ful0415.

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Grant Park

Grant Park

Atlanta residents stroll through Grant Park in 1907. Other popular activities at the park included swimming, boating, and playing tennis.

Courtesy of Georgia Archives, Vanishing Georgia, #
ful1055-91.

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