Atlanta's Ponce de Leon Avenue

Atlanta's Ponce de Leon Avenue

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Named for the famous Spanish explorer who was said to have discovered the Fountain of Youth, Atlanta's Ponce de Leon Avenue began as a simple country road that conveyed visitors to the healing springs that once bubbled along it. Now, as one of Atlanta's major commuter thoroughfares, few motorists realize that the Avenue was a prestigious residential street in Victorian Atlanta, home to mayors and millionaires. An economic turn in the twentieth century transformed the Avenue into a crime-ridden commercial corridor, but in recent years, Atlantans have rediscovered the street's venerable architecture and storied history. Join local historian Sharon Foster Jones on a vivid tour of the Avenue-- from picnics by the springs in hoopskirts, to the Fox Theatre and Atlanta Crackers baseball, and the days when Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable lodged in the esteemed hotels lining this magnificent Avenue.She designed at least eighty houses, twenty apartment houses and twenty-four duplexes in Atlanta. Wilburn created pattern books or catalogues for her home designs; these were used often by unknown builders, leaving many Wilburn- designed ... The The Rosslyn Apartment building, on the northwest corner of Ponce and Durant Place, was designed by architect Leila Ross Wilburn and built in 1913.

Title:Atlanta's Ponce de Leon Avenue
Author: Sharon Foster Jones
Publisher:The History Press - 2012

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