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Jeff Morrison: Whitehall (now Peachtree) and Alabama St, facing east. This photo shows Alabama St. before the construction of the elevated viaduct. The contemporary photograph from inside the Underground Mall (bottom) roughly aligns with this original view. Visible on the right is the Connally Building (1916), with its distinctive terracotta medallions. The second floor was redesigned as the main entrance after the street was elevated. For most of its life the building was only five stories tall, all of the brick-clad upper floors were not added until sometime in the 1980s. Google map
Unseen Underground is a unique walking tour of the area known as the Railroad Gulch. This includes the railroad junction that was the very reason for Atlanta's existence, the zero milepost marker at the center of it all, the elevated viaducts that allowed the streets to span over the tracks and created the "underground" condition, and the various railroad stations that are all long since gone. In the process, we explore a surreal network of spaces concealed beneath the city streets. And along the way we learn some fun history about how this area has shaped the growth of our city from the very beginning.
If you're interested, Jeff says you can send him an email and he'll contact you next time he conducts one of these excellent tours. He can be reached at jemorrison @ bellsouth.net (just remove those extra spaces on either side of the "@" symbol).
Photos and information on this page appear courtesy of Jeff Morrison.