The Georgia Trust

2015 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION

ATLANTA DAILY WORLD BUILDING
Atlanta, Fulton County

The brick commercial building at 145 Auburn Avenue was built in 1912 and has enjoyed a rich cultural history in Atlanta's historic African-American business district. Over the years, the building served the community in many ways, but perhaps its most significant use was as home to The Atlanta Daily World newspaper. The newspaper, which was founded in 1928, played an integral role in the lives of Atlanta's African-American population throughout the 20th century as it reported on news and issues from its location on historic Sweet Auburn Ave., but eventually the newspaper relocated its office, leaving the historic building vacant. In 2008, a tornado surprised many when it tore through Atlanta's downtown, and the Atlanta Daily World Building suffered roof and structural damage as a result. By 2012, the damaged building faced an uncertain future when a developer applied for a permit to demolish the building and develop the property. Significant public outcry contributed to the denial of the permit and the building was later bought by investors Gene Kansas and Ben Dupuy who began rehabilitation work in 2014. The project preserved the building's front façade and historically significant features and finishes while adapting the space to allow for two first-floor commercial units and two second-floor apartments. The project, which was made possible through an Invest Atlanta Downtown Façade Improvement Grant and State and Federal Historic Rehabilitation tax credits, is one of the first of many small-scale revitalization efforts on historic Auburn Avenue.


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