Brutalist Architecture*, Dalton

One-hundred-fifty-nine is the magic number when documenting Georgia, and with this entry (and those that will follow) from Whitfield County, I’m proud to add the 159th and final county to Vanishing Georgia! My ongoing coverage of Georgia has evolved over the years, and I’ve ventured more into cities because the rural gems I found in the early days are vanishing so quickly that I can’t keep up with them all. Much of what I’ve documented is gone, and much of it is doing fine. The overall theme remains, though, in that I strive to document places that represent a time and style that are lost today. Thanks for coming along for the ride and being such an important part of my journey. While I’m not as engaged in social media as I once was and I’m doing more commercial work these days, I am always grateful for all that you share with me.

*-The structure pictured above is presently owned by Windstream/Kinetic, but considering it likely dates to the 1960s or 1970s, was built by an earlier telephone company. Its placement in the historic residential area of South Thornton Avenue must have been quite controversial at the time.

The architecture, known as Brutalism, is widely disliked but does have admirers. It’s known as Brutalism not for its stark aesthetic but rather from the French term Béton brut, which translates to raw concrete.

6 thoughts on “159!

  1. Paul Alen Stewart

    Congratulations on reaching this milestone, I started connecting with your link back in 2015, looking at the pictures and reading about them, when I was still in the Navy. I was often deployed to different locations throughout the world and your pictures brought me back home to places I that missed so much at least for a little while in my mind. I appreciate what you do so keep up the great work your doing and keep the pictures coming. YOU ROCK! Best Regards- Paul Alen Stewart HomeTown : Sparks Georgia (Cook County)

  2. Raleighwood Rob

    Congratulations, Brian and thanks for all that you do to continue documenting Georgia history.

  3. Michael Porter

    Congratulations! I enjoy your work. License plates used to reflect the population of the 159 counties. Most populous was #1. I don’t remember what got 159 as the beginning of your tag #. Keep up the great work.

    1. Ben Dooley

      In those days Echols county on the FL line just east of Lowndes (Valdosta) had the honor of being No 159 on our tags. I believe Talliaferro would have that distinction today! Brian, since you are getting into some more urban settings, l urge you to take a look at the old New Holland Methodist Church in Hall county (No 11!) in a classic textile mill village just east of Gainesville. It is a real shingle style classic!!


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