pro-Constitution

A group called DoCoMoMo Georgia has a campaign going to save the Constitution Building, originally built in 1948 and now possibly to be demolished if a proposed multi-modal transportation hub gets built. Quoth the group:

Conceived at the end of an era, the design combined a range of details and expressed a turning point in American architecture. The faÁade’s horizontal bands of windows, curved corners, and sleek stone sheathing contributed to the streamlined aesthetic popularized by the Art Moderne style. But the building’s dynamic relation to its triangular site and the continuation of the brick banding throughout each elevation bore the influence of both European Modernism and the progressive designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, notably the widely acclaimed Johnson Wax Administration Building (1936-1939).

Don’t want to see it go? Hike over to their site. They’re also got a list of other threatened buildings (and an explanation of wherefore “DoCoMoMo”).

If you end up getting involved (or are already involved), see if it’s possible to get a CafÈPress account, since that “Save the Constitution” graphic would look really neat on a T-shirt.

4 Comments so far

  1. Joe (unregistered) on April 24th, 2005 @ 10:53 am

    The more I’ve learned about modernist architecture, the less I like it. So many modernist buildings, for being anti-urban, just deserve to either be knocked down or receive a major (as in radically transformational) rennovation.


  2. jolomo (unregistered) on April 25th, 2005 @ 1:17 pm

    Please let it go. There’s really nothing salvagable there — it’s been open to the elements for 10+ years and it is in the perfect spot for the multimodal station. The only thing worth saving from it has already been rescued: the frieze over the Forsyth entrance is now over the escalators down to the Omni MARTA station.


  3. Tom (unregistered) on April 25th, 2005 @ 4:56 pm

    Should I remind jolomo of the Imperial Hotel – sat vacant for over 10 years, exposed to the elements, etc.? Yes, Five Points IS the perfect spot for a Multimodal Station – and the historic building could bring it character, history, and preserve some urbanity, which the latest GDOT plans do not have. I recommend visiting the DOCOMOMO Georgia link and reading the latest information.


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