Built in late 1800’s, Glencastle and the Atlanta Stockade in Grant Park is For Sale!

Located just steps from the Atlanta Beltline Southside trail and right next door to the new Jeff Fuqua development in Grant Park is the cool and mysterious building called “Glencastle or The Atlanta Stockade.” It is a fortress of a building in Grant Park that served as the city’s prison in the late 1800s and early 1900s, low income housing apartments for many years, and now, it is for sale!


Constructed in 1896 and designed by architect, Henry C. Collier,  The Atlanta Stockade, or the Atlanta city jail or prison, has evolved into its current configuration from a building begun on this site in 1896. A 147 acre site was purchased originally from the estate of Joshua B. Badger on May 15, 1863, by the City of Atlanta for roughly 100 dollars an acre. It was purchased to be a city cemetery, but those plans changed. The site was used for a pest house, or hospital, for a number of years before it was designated as the site for the new city prison, which was then moved here.

The original complex on this site was primarily of wood, and included a prison, a stable and a blacksmith shop. The entire tract included a prison farm and rock quarry. Water was first run to the site in 1895 and at the same time the first modern sanitary and plumbing facilities were installed to replace the outhouses and wells. Electricity was run to the site in 1896.   Read more about the history of Glencastle and the Atlanta Stockade here.


Reported by Creative Loafing and Atlanta Urban Design Commission

Owner FCS Ministries, a nonprofit that helps impoverished neighborhoods by addressing critical social issues, has listed its current home. The property includes three historic buildings: Glencastle, a now vacant building that includes part of the former prison, The Stables, and The Blacksmith Shop.

The property’s history stretches back to the 1890s, according to the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, when city leaders decided Atlanta needed a new hoosegow. Originally purchased by the city as a cemetery, the land was the site of a “pest house,” or hospital for people with communicable diseases, before becoming a jail to lock up people for mostly petty offenses. The circa 1896 facility housed men, women, and children inmates for an average stay of around 15 to 20 days and included a rock quarry. An on-site prison farm grew “onions, potatoes, corn, peas, turnips, cabbage, pork, and fodder.”
After the building was deemed a “disgrace” in the early 1900s, the city erected a four-story Gothic building on the cheap because — ta da! — inmates helped construct it. The building was modeled after the nearby majestic federal penitentiary and, according to the design commission, is said to be the first in Atlanta to be built from concrete.


Expansions  and additions followed as the inmate population swelled, according to the city’s exhaustive write-up. In 1922, the prison was relocated and the building transferred to the Board of Education.The board used the property for a variety of purposes over the decades before ultimately selling it to new owners, according to the city’s history. The land was then donated to FCS in the early 1980s.

The property’s marketing materials say the nonprofit doesn’t have a sale price in mind. It’s asking bidders to submit their offers by October 30. But one section of the document has some preservationists biting their nails:

Are you in the market to Buy, Sell, or Invest in Grant Park Atlanta Real Estate?  Contact Red Robin REALTORS® today at 404-254-5206 today!

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