Big Grey Square

It’s a bit of Atlanta trivia no one seems to have an answer to that they’d bet their mothers life on and it’s not how to properly pronounce “Manuel’s”. That cement building near The Ted that seems to be void of windows: what is it?

I seem to remember being told it was some sort of city document storage facility, but I’d love a real answer and not an urban legend.


10 Comments so far

  1. wayne (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 10:47 am

    I wish I knew of such an urban legend.

    Here is it’s official definition. “Georgia Department of Archives and History. This 17-story marble building has no windows; it is literally a “box” containing state records from 1733; also maps, and official papers.”

  2. Maigh (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 10:49 am

    Damn. I was hoping for something far more interesting.

    Just the same, thanks for giving me a solid answer. Where did you find it?

  3. Laura (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 11:39 am

    Actually, it is the former home of the State Archives, which has now moved to a beautiful new facility in Morrow next to Clayton State. I believe it now houses some state offices, but is largely empty.

  4. Annie (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

    Laura is correct. I just posted yesterday on my mystery building thread, because someone asked what it was there –

    Funny timing.

  5. Mike (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

    “Georgia Archives state’s archives were first housed on the third floor of the state capitol building in Atlanta, a vast improvement over the past, when documents were kept in a basement and occasionally used to light the furnace. In 1930 the archives moved to the A. G. Rhodes house in Atlanta, which was donated by his descendants. During this time the archives faced the challenges of the depression and of keeping up with the preservation of state records. Having long outgrown its space, the archives moved in 1965 to a new building at 330 Capitol Avenue. Critics of the structure described it as a “large ice cube.” Eventually, the archives outgrew this space, too; moreover, because of its proximity to the interstate, the building began to sink from the vibrations of downtown traffic. In 2003 the archives relocated to Morrow.”

  6. abby (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

    Manuel’s — Man as in man and uel as in gruel. ‘s. Like ponce de leon – the “de leon” part is optional, but if you do choose to say it, it’s clearly duh Leon as in Leon Redbone.

    and yup, old archives building. rumor has it that, just like every single college campus library ever, it’s sinking under the weight of the books.

  7. manunderstress (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 4:51 pm

    You people are whacked…it is clearly a Borg Cube.

  8. Stephen (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

    And the Archives building is being demolished soon, since bringing it up to code would require cutting holes in it for fire escapes…

  9. gretagretchen (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 10:34 pm

    I’m totally with Abby on this. I’ve seen Locutus over there.

  10. Maigh (unregistered) on March 10th, 2007 @ 7:53 pm

    Maybe I’ll find out about that demolition ahead of time. When they whacked the building at North and P’Tree I thought a bomb had gone off.

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