Breaking News!! East Atlanta Village Historic building being torn down to make way for Mixed Development!

 The John B. Gordon School in East Atlanta was named after John Brown Gordon, who was the son of a preacher man, a University of Georgia student and a brigadier general during the Civil War. He was a senator from 1873 to 1880, and went on to become Governor of Georgia in 1886. He’s buried in Oakland Cemetery, and there’s a statue of him riding a horse at the Georgia State Capitol.

The school was built in 1909 as the East Atlanta School by Battle & Barili.

According to a related Facebook group, in the 1950s there was an A&W Root Beer drive-in across the street. In the 60s, local kids liked to stop at Charlie’s Hamburgers and the East Atlanta Pharmacy’s soda fountain, where you could get cherry Cokes (5 cents), lime sours, and hot dogs (10 cents). Mayberry, anyone?

The John B. Gordon school closed in 1995. Two years later, the property was purchased for $200,000 by Inman Park Properties, who intended to convert it to the J. B. Gordon Lofts, to begin leasing in 2006. Then, as with many IPP properties in Atlanta, it sat empty and forgotten for more than ten years. The loft conversion never happened, and the property was foreclosed on in early 2009, The current owners of the property are having the building as well as the old firehouse, which sits next to this property torn down.  They will rebuild this as a “Premium Development Opportunity” or “Flex Space” with more than 41,000 square feet of commercial and residential space. 

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posted: Jan 20, 2015 | No Responses

Posted by:  Krish Dhokia

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