Ponce & Peachtree - July 2018

Ponce & Peachtree Covering Peachtree, Piedmont, Virginia Highland, Morningside, Little Five Points, & Grant Park • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Previously Ponce Press and Midtown Messenger Volume 28, No. 7 • JULY 2018 Midtown Landmark Begins New Life The old Woodruff Inn on Ponce de Leon has long been a landmark building in town. Dating from 1907 [designed 1906], it has changed very little in the last 110 years – on the exterior. Recent renovations have been completed to make the original building of three apart- ments into a place containing six “units” for living and/ or work. The structure began its life as the design work of legendary Atlanta architect Godfrey Norrman, who had designed the next door Ivy Hall 25 years earlier. In its first life, it was a “triple decker” style apartment house built for wealthy Atlantan Edward McCerren and his wife. The architect estimated the cost in a handwritten list at slightly over $12,000. The McCerrens lived on the first floor and rented the two upper apartments [one on each level]. The building was an unusual design for Atlanta where small apartment houses were generally four-plexes. Triple Deckers were mainly found in New England. Continued on page 5 Been Doing the Peachtree for 40 Years Now! The 2018 edition of the AJC Peachtree Road Race signals my fortieth consecu- tive year as a partici- pant and I’m thrilled. At 67, I’ve done The Peach for well more than half my life. The Peachtree incorporates thousands of lives into a marvelous tap- estry every year and this July I find myself grateful to God more than ever: for another year of good health, living and still loving my larger hometown of the ATL and the annual oppor- tunity to proceed 10K (6.2) miles down the middle of a hallowed route, in ancient times a winding Indian trail atop a granite ridge, that is to me the greatest main street of the greatest city in the world. My first experiences doing distances on Peachtree were when I was a kid taking segregated trackless trolleys and buses of the Atlanta Transit System with my broth- ers and sister long before MARTA. The venerable old 23 Oglethorpe line was a tremendous tour of Peachtree, starting in rural Brookhaven. Continued on page 4 Oh, the humanity! Peachtree runners under gigantic U.S, flag, a Race Icon, and traditional start banner at Lenox Square (ajc.com )