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.