Tuesday, February 23, 2010

John P. Whittaker School - Atlanta, Georgia

846 Huff Road - This cool school was built in 1959.  From above the building looks like a series of joined hexagonal boxes. The building is totally concrete, including the walls, floor and ceilings with the exterior clad in brick.  Due to the style of construction there are no load bearing walls in the building.  The structure sits on a hill and is two stories tall with the lower floor exposed in the rear of the building.  The interior contains 17,688 square feet of space.  The building has been abandoned for at least ten years and is currently on the market for $1.5 million. 

Friday, February 19, 2010

Commercial Building - Los Angeles, California

5500 Hollywood Boulevard - This building dates from 1928. I think I took these while stopped at a traffic light on my way from one exciting destination to the next.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dosta Playhouse - Valdosta, Georgia

122 North Ashley Street - The Dosta Playhouse opened in 1941 as a movie theater.  It was converted in the 90's for live theater and is currently home to the Theater Guild Valdosta.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Port Columbus Airport Terminal - Columbus, Ohio

4920 East Fifth Avenue - From the Ohio Historical Marker:  The original Port Columbus Airport terminal was founded by the people of Columbus and was one of the first airport facilities in the United States. Dedicated on July 8, 1929, Port Columbus was the first transfer point in the westbound transcontinental passenger service, which was operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad, Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT), and the Santa Fe Railway. Its first passengers departed by rail from New York City on July 7, 1929, and boarded TAT Ford Tri-Motor aircraft at Port Columbus to fly to Waynoka, Oklahoma, the following day. They then traveled by rail to Clovis, New Mexico, and completed their journey with a TAT flight to Los Angeles. The scheduled 48-hour trip was celebrated in Columbus, marking the beginning milestone of national airport travel.  With the nation sinking into the Great Depression, the national air travel venture at Port Columbus was not profitable enough. As a result, the scheduled train-plane operation was suspended and replaced with coast-to-coast air service in 1930. The arrival of mail service at the airport in 1930 helped, as did a huge contract with the Curtiss-Wright Corporation in 1940. Curtiss-Wright leased 83 acres of airport property to produce 6,000 planes, including the SB2C Helldiver and SO3C-1 Seagull aircraft. The federal government took over airport operations in 1941. In 1942 a Naval Air Facility was established adding several new buildings and lengthening runways. This building served as the passenger terminal until the present terminal opened on September 21, 1958.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lloyd Wright Studio & Residence - West Hollywood, California

858 North Doheny Drive - Here is the Lloyd Wright (Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr) studio and residence from 1927.  I love the style of the house.  It's very reminiscent of the FLW textile block houses in LA.  The concrete screen covering the window in the second picture below is a theme carried through the inside of the house which can be viewed here.  The house is currently on the market for $1,495,000.


Window and screen