Atlanta Daily World and other historic buildings are demolished on Auburn Avenue, what will be left of its cultural significance?”
Indeed, the Grant Park-based Atlanta Preservation Center last year listed Sweet Auburn as one of 19 most endangered spots in the city.
The APC noted Sweet Auburn’s National Historic Landmark designation in 1976 and its link to the city-designated Martin Luther King Jr. Landmark District.
“Despite its historic significance, the district has had multiple demolitions in recent years, from redevelopment, neglect, the expansion of Georgia State University and the tornado in 2008,” APC wrote in its 2011 report. “The proposed Atlanta Streetcar travels on these streets and could have a tremendous impact on the neighborhood.”
HDDC is not opposed to revitalization projects, Clark said. But consideration ought to be given to incorporating existing facades into new construction, similar to efforts undertaken by New York University and the Savannah College of Art and Design.
The ADW building was marked in the early ’80s by the National Association of Sigma Delta Chi as a historic site in journalism.