Monday, March 10, 2014

Craigie House

Craigie House, a historic Midtown Atlanta building, collapsed on Feb 12, 2014, because of ice. I felt very sad when I heard the news.

When I was younger, I would occasionally drive by Craigie House. It was one of the original meeting centers for the Atlanta Chapter of the Daughters of The American Revolution. The chapter was organized 15 April 1891, making it the oldest chapter in Georgia and the second oldest in the United States.

Over the years, I watched her deteriorate. Here is picture taken in 1987. Rough, but preservable.

John Spink - AJC
Some of uses included a place where old, homeless Confederate veterans were once fed and bedded. During WWI, they made bandages here. Various efforts to restore and preserve and move the house have been unsuccessful.

According to the AJC, a tree fell on the home in the mid-1980s, damaging it and rendering it unusable. Repairs were made over the years, but the building was again damaged by Hurricane Opal in 1995. In 2001, the property was sold but ended up in foreclosure.

This is what it looked like shortly after its completion in 1911.

Chapter Archive - Atlanta
This is a one of the original memorial stained glass window installed shortly after house was built. I wish it was a color photograph.
Chapter Archive - Atlanta

In 1966, Craigie House was on the cover of the Georgia Magazine. She was the pride of the Atlanta Chapter of the DAR.

However, by the 21st century, Craigie House became very tired and very worn. The Craigie House was listed on the "2001 List of Endangered Buildings" by the Atlanta Preservation Center.


 The DAR insignia is the property of, and is copyrighted by,the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

And now, she looks like this -- just a shell of her former self. ~~SNIFF~~

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing her history. So sad about what happened. I would have loved to have seen this house before 1987. I may have driven by it over the years and never noticed it. This is my first time learning that it even existed. Thanks.