Decatur Dispatch - July 2018

• LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 28, No. 7 • JULY 2018 Decatur Dispatch Covering Decatur, Druid Hills, Emory, Sage Hill and Toco Hill PRICELESS ISSUE! Art Is All Around in Decatur Did you know that the City of Decatur has an art collection? Each year, the city adds pieces of original art from local, regional and national artists. Much of it, along with public sculptures, is displayed about town in city owned buildings which are easily accessible for free and all too easily overlooked as we tend to rush in and out of city offices on business. The art collection is astoundingly diverse. Outdoor art includes sculptures and murals. Around the busi- ness sections of Decatur and Oakhurst are a number of sculptures from the bust of Stephen Decatur to the always popular “Valentine” bronze by George Lun- deen, “Celebration” [sculpture and misting fountain on the MARTA Plaza] by Gary Price, and the newly pur- chased “This Is Something We To Go Had Through” by James Davis at the corner of Sycamore and Church streets. “Living Walls” murals adorn public overpass- es/bridges and the walls of private buildings as well. The main collection is on display in a variety of city owned buildings from the Police Station to City Hall and the Recreation Centers. It includes works in many mediums: bronze, ceramic, acrylics, oils, ink, glass, fabric and others. The highest concentration is on display in City Hall, including my personal favorite, “The Day The Wall Came Down” by Veryl Goodnight. Continued on page 7 Newly Acquired Decatur Property Is Ready-Made Historic District As a public “vision- ing process” for Decatur’s recently purchased gem the old United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) property unfolds, there’s wisely been extensive cit- izen input into what its future will be. Results will emerge when City Com- mission approves a final master plan sometime in early fall. Not surprisingly with the values Decatur typically espouses, there is solid consensus to save UMCH historic structures. Indeed, to see the vin- tage buildings at the UMCH site is to instinctively recognize an impressive collection of fantastic buildings, many constructed in the 1903-1919 era when Atlanta perhaps peaked with its High Victorian archi- tecture. Moore’s Chapel (1906), in our headline photo, has a gable, medieval tower with battlements and a turret struc- ture, all intended for a small sacred building. There’s also on the tract a unique granite barn (1910).The old Whitehead School (1939) has outsize windows and open archways. Such sturdy buildings, nearly all in original but in good condition, practically constitute a ready-made historic district. The tim- ing is right—it only took about a century. Lovely Moore Chapel (1906) reflects historical and architectural character of High Victorian Atlanta. (Southern Hospitality) Continued on page 4