the histories of our streets

Georgia State University students map Atlanta's past

Category: Section 3 (north/east)

Jewish Educational Alliance

The area of Summerhill between Capitol Avenue and Woodward Avenue was mostly residential homes and apartments. However, one building that stands out is the Jewish Educational Alliance that was built in 1911. This building was meant to serve the community and a place where everyone could gather. Most of the residents in the area were Jewish, so they could go to services on Sunday and also bring their kids to kindergarten there as well. The facility also had a gymnasium (presumably for the daycare/kindergarten) and an on-site health facility that would also serve residents.

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A Neighborhood Erased

The construction of the highway system erased neighborhoods from Atlanta’s history. Between Capitol Ave. (Now Hank Aaron Drive) to the west, Fraser St. to the east and Fair St. (Now Memorial Dr.) to the north, Rawson St. to the south, existed two blocks of neighborhoods. Primarily a residential area, these two blocks reflect the shift in the racial and business make-up of the entire city.

1899 Sanborn Map
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Tracing the Evolution of Terry Street SE: A Journey through Atlanta’s Capitol Gateway

The Capitol Gateway is like the heart of Atlanta. It’s where you find a mix of old and new, with cool spots to hang out and lots of things to do. Terry Street SE is one of the main roads in this area, and it’s been around for a long time, seeing all kinds of changes in the city. From old buildings to new shops, it’s got a story to tell about how Atlanta has grown over the years. So, let’s take a closer look at Terry Street SE and see what makes it special!

For instance, A key aspect of this Area would be the Georgia Supreme Court.

The Georgia Supreme Court is the highest judicial authority in the state, responsible for interpreting laws, resolving disputes, and ensuring justice for all citizens. Its presence within the Capitol Gateway district underscores the district’s importance as a center of governance, law, and public service.

The Supreme Court building itself is an architectural marvel, embodying the grandeur and dignity befitting its role in the legal system. With its imposing facade and stately columns, it commands attention and respect, serving as a visual anchor within the Capitol Gateway landscape.!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d13270.300376494972!2d-84.39054330619705!3d33.745801964258966!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x88f503906a360801%3A0xa13a60a17e9fc9f9!2sCapital%20Gateway%2C%20Atlanta%2C%20GA!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1712634372216!5m2!1sen!2sus

What Lies beneath the Downtown Connector?

1911 ATL Sanborn map

One may look at the downtown connecter today and may think of it as nothing more than a large highway, however many don’t stop to think what used to be in these locations. After some digging around I’ve found that there is more to these areas than many realize.

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