Monthly Archives: September 2014

242 Mead Road

242 Mead Rd. Credit: 2009 Citywide Historic Resources Survey.

242 Mead Rd. Credit: 2009 Citywide Historic Resources Survey.

242 Mead Rd., August 2014.

242 Mead Rd., August 2014.

242 Mead Rd., Sept. 2014.

242 Mead Rd., Sept. 2014.

242 Mead Rd., Sept. 2014.

242 Mead Rd., Sept. 2014.

242 Mead Rd., Sept. 2014.

242 Mead Rd., Sept. 2014.

242 Mead Rd., Sept. 2014.

242 Mead Rd., Sept. 2014.

242 Mead Rd., Sept. 2014.

242 Mead Rd., Sept. 2014.

On October 6, 2014, Mead Road resident Vincent Lewis, one of Decatur’s first historic preservation commissioners in the 1990s, commented about this property before the Decatur City Commission. “One of the things that I did when I was on that commission is I went through the city of Decatur and took pictures of all the historical home types,” he said. Lewis added,

There was a gabled-ell on my street. I think it’s like address 240 [242 Mead Road]. That house has been totally destroyed. There’s no remainder of that gabled-ell and I’m almost positive it was the only one in the city of Decatur.

There’s a difference between renovations, remodeling, and tearing down. The only thing that’s left of that – I think it was about a ’13, ’18 [1913 or 1918] home is the front porch and the first room. It has a garage now that faces the street.

I don’t understand how things like that can slip through. There should be some respect for these great resources that we have in terms of architecture. I talked to a guy on the historical commission, he didn’t even know that the Swanton House was one of the oldest homes in the city. This is not acceptable and having – when you have less than thirty percent of a home still standing, that’s not a remodeling – the house looks nothing like it used to and I don’t think we need to continue doing that.

The comments are archived in the video from the city commission meeting at http://decaturga.swagit.com/play/10062014-866. Lewis appears at 11:05 minutes into the segment.

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161 Hood Circle

161 Hood Circle. Credit: 2009 Citywide Historic Resources Survey.

161 Hood Circle. Credit: 2009 Citywide Historic Resources Survey.

161 Hood Circle. Demolished August-Sept. 2014.

161 Hood Circle. Demolished August-Sept. 2014.

161 Hood Circle, new home. Credit: Zillow screen capture, March 2015.

161 Hood Circle, new home. Credit: Zillow screen capture, March 2015.

140 Maxwell St.

140 Maxwell St. Credit: 2009 Citywide Historic Resources Survey.

140 Maxwell St. Credit: 2009 Citywide Historic Resources Survey.

140 Maxwell St. Prepped for teardown, August 2014.

140 Maxwell St. Prepped for teardown, August 2014.

140 Maxwell St. Prepped for teardown, September 2014.

140 Maxwell St. Prepped for teardown, September 2014.

140 Maxwell St. Demolished Sept. 8-9, 2014.

140 Maxwell St. Demolished Sept. 8-9, 2014.

Olympic Place

Infill designed by the architect who reworked 115 North McDonough Street.

Olympic Place, aerial photo pre-clearing, construction. Credit: Bing Maps.

Olympic Place, aerial photo pre-construction. Credit: Bing Maps.

Olympic Place infill under construction, Sept. 2014.

Olympic Place infill under construction, Sept. 2014.