Buckhead building on Georgia Trust’s Places in Peril list

The old National Library Bindery Co. building, which is on Peachtree Road in Buckhead and now houses Peachtree Battle Antiques & Interiors, is on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2018 list of 10 Places in Peril in the state.

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Nov. 15 released its 2018 list of 10 Places in Peril in the state, including the old National Library Bindery Co. building in Buckhead.

Designed in 1929 by noted Atlanta architects A. Ten Eyck Brown and Alfredo Barili Jr., the structure housing National Library Bindery was the Southeast’s first library bindery and is one of the oldest remaining structures on Peachtree Road. Today the building is home to Peachtree Battle Antiques & Interiors.

The structure is threatened by demolition. In 2016, the building’s owner, Branch Properties, received approval for the construction of a new apartment building at the corner of Terrace Drive and Peachtree Road. The plan called for the demolition of several buildings, including the bindery. A demolition permit was issued by the city of Atlanta later that year. While Branch Properties later agreed to save an undetermined amount of the façade, nothing is certain at this point.

Other sites on the Places in Peril list are: the A.J. Gillen Department Store in Maxeys (Oglethorpe County); Bibb City Elementary School in Columbus (Muscogee County); the Cuthbert Water Tower in Cuthbert (Randolph County); Fire Station No. 2 in Rome (Floyd County); the Fort Valley Freight Depot in Fort Valley (Peach County); the Foster-Thomason-Miller House in Madison (Morgan County); the Kit Jones Vessel constructed on Sapelo Island (McIntosh County); Olmsted Linear Park Properties in Atlanta (DeKalb County) and Underground Savannah (Chatham County).

“This is the Trust’s 30th annual Places in Peril list,” Mark C. McDonald, the trust’s president and CEO, said in a news release. “We hope the list will continue to bring preservation solutions to Georgia’s imperiled historic resources by highlighting ten representative sites.”

Places in Peril is designed to raise awareness about Georgia’s significant historic, archaeological and cultural resources, including buildings, structures, districts, archaeological sites and cultural landscapes that are threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy.

Through Places in Peril, the trust will encourage owners and individuals, organizations and communities to employ proven preservation tools, financial resources and partnerships in order to reclaim, restore and revitalize historic properties that are in peril.

Founded in 1973, the trust works for the preservation and revitalization of Georgia’s diverse historic resources and advocates their appreciation, protection and use.

The trust will premiere its 2018 list of the 10 Places in Peril in Georgia at a reception Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. at Rhodes Hall in Midtown.

For more information on the Places in Peril, visit www.georgiatrust.org.

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