Kirkwood’s Pullman Yard has been an industrial site for a hundred years and currently lies vacant. Originally built as the Pratt Engineering company that manufactured parts for sugar and fertilizer factories. The first buildings were large brick structures.The Pratt company did defence contracting work during World War I and in the 1920s the entire facility was purchased by the Pullman passenger rail car company and converted to use for everything from regular car cleaning to entire rebuilds and refittings. This facility served the entire southeast and until they lost an anti-trust case in the late 1940s, Pullman owned and maintained all of its cars, leasing them out to various passenger rail lines around the country.
Along Rogers Rd, the small building with a ramp leading to the back was the laundry where all fabrics on a car were cared for. The large sawtooth building to the east held the steam-power generator used to power all of the various lifts and cranes throughout the yard.
The boiler still exists, but is so overgrown, we weren’t allowed over there during a tour. Different repair functions were done in each of eight bays in the main building, but those bays were parallel to each other, so a car would have to be moved from one to the other. This was done by rolling the car out the east side, onto a waiting motorized platform which could then slide it to the next needed doorway.
Here’s a shot of the control cabin for the motorized platform. This eliminated the need for a much larger roundhouse which was far more common in Atlanta at the time.
There is still one passenger car left in the facility. It was in such bad shape they didn’t bother moving it out.
Soon after the anti-trust loss, Pullman drastically scaled back operations and in 1950 sold the Atlanta yard to Georgia Power where it was used to service trackless trolleys for their mass transit operations. In 1990 the Georgia Building Authority bought the property and for a time in the mid 1990s, the state ran a supper train ride out to Stone Mountain called the New Georgia Railroad whose passenger terminal was located near the GSU campus in a small building now used by Atlanta Police Department which just happens to hold the original Atlantic Western zero mile marker which founded Atlanta.There is currently a debate as to the future of the site. The state still owns it and there is a chance it may become an electric substation or possibly a maintenance facility for suburban commuter buses. The neighborhood is against both of these ideas, and there are a few developers interested in the property. So who knows what will end up happening.
Here is the 1911 Sanborn Fire map of the Pratt site
Here is an aerial photo showing the entire Pullman facility in 1949. Green is the motorized, linear car-mover; yellow is the laundry and blue is the steam generator.
This was originally posted in 2008, I don’t have access to the building. I believe it is owned by Georgia Power
They are getting ready to put in the first four catenary poles on Edgewood Ave. The two closer to the connector already have their bases poured, the two in front of Noni’s look like they will be done in the next day or so. Looking forward to seeing the actual poles
Here’s one already poured with the 4 giant bolts curing and getting ready for action
Here’s one at Noni’s front door
That’s the outer shell of rebarb with two conduit ports for power and electronics. They insert an inner sleeve of re-bar then lower the cardboard cement form over both
Well, from what I can tell that’s the address. There’s hasn’t been a business there since the 1930′s. I believe it was the the Trio Laundry and later the Tanner Laundry. It’s about 40 feet south of the new streetcar tracks that just got laid on Edgewood Ave and backs into Noni’s. Here’s a view of the front facing the tracks
Check out the south side of the building. Can you say rooftop bar?
Another view west towards downtown with the Brush building (condos?)
The rear again. This vantage point is about 20 feet from Noni’s patio
Another view of the front, this time facing south east. Just look at that brick work!
So, what do you think? How about a great brew pub? Most of the structure has no roof, so you could move in your fermenters via crane. How simple! The building is owned by the Atlanta Housing Authority. How hard it is to purchase or long-term-lease from them? The bones of this building look terrific and from what I can tell, there is no 2nd flooring in place so you really could do a huge brewing operation. Somebody save this sucker!
I remember first getting to know the Atlanta area back in the early ’90′s and being surprised how many places were just completely filled with smoke: Crazy Horse on Memorial, Euclid Avenue Buffet, Northside Tavern, Johnny’s Hideaway and then there’s the Green Derby. I had a gig in 1998 at Ravinia in the perimeter area and I remember we all went to lunch once at the Green Derby. This is like 11:45, beautiful day and we walk in and the place is completely full of smoke and people already completely drunk. Yeah, we didn’t try it again for lunch but had a few happy hours there. Anyways… of the list above only the Northside and Johnny’s are left and neither are nearly as smoky as they were back then. The junky office building that housed the Derby has been torn down. Here’s what it looked like in March 2013
Here’s a shot from early March before they welded the rails together
Here’s 2 shots from mid-March. I guess the rubber lining quiets train vibrations and it looks like it will be capped rather than paved or maybe they’ll do fill-dirt with a grassway?
Those struts look strong
Never noticed this view before
This one might even be better! OAC, whoot!
We were passing through Macon today and had a great meal at the Rookery on Cherry St. Great place. Here’s an interesting mix of buildings around the corner from there. I love that wacky furniture font! Neat downtown. The club Hummingbird looks cool but we didn’t get a chance