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ellie E. Bird Elementary. West Junior High. Plymouth Salem High School. Albion College. University of Oregon. Each of my alma maters have left an indelible impression on me. My fifth-grade teacher was a tough boot camp sergeant in the classroom but a puppy dog at the swim club where he taught swim lessons or when we met in the aisles of the dime store. I learned teachers ARE people with families and interests outside taking attendance and handing out tests (remember the aroma of those dittos?).


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As our kids return to the classrooms this month (August 1 for Atlanta Public Schools), let's remind our students that their teachers are just as anxious about the new school year as they are. Teaching empathy is important at any age and perhaps more important now than ever. Be nice! Colleen and I are thrilled to bring you this third issue of Midtown Lifestyle and hope you will continue to share your ideas for inspiring stories (we'd love to profile your family's favorite teacher). Have a thoughtful August.



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Good Times


Around Town


Artist’s Palette


Giving Back


City Scene


Driver’s Notebook


Lifestyle Calendar


Parting Thoughts

18 Architecture 101

Grady High School’s history.

22 The ABCs of College Essays

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24 Easy Launch

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OCTOBER 5 HOME TOUR Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) and a committee of committed volunteers and neighbors within the Historic Brookhaven neighborhood will host the 19th annual Historic Brookhaven Candlelight Tour of Homes on October 5. The Committee hopes to raise more than $90,000 for the charity to support their mission to nurture the health and well-being of children and families. The 2017 Tour is presented by Beacham & Company Realtors and The Skogstad-Sodemann Team. Five of Historic Brookhaven’s most impressive and beautifully decorated homes will be featured on the Tour. ARMHC is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to nurturing the health and well-being of children and families. The two Atlanta Houses have provided a “home-away-from-home" to more than 48,000 families since the first Atlanta Ronald McDonald House opened in 1979. For sponsorships and tickets, please visit Armhc.org/Brookhaven-Tour-of-Homes.


NEW CHEF Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta announces the appointment of Michael Patria as executive chef of the leading luxury hotel in

Every baby born at Northside

the city. In his role, Patria will oversee the kitchen of breakfast

Hospital is being welcomed

destination, Park 75, and its popular lunch and dinner outlet, Bar

with an “Atlanta Braves” beanie

Margot. In addition to revamping the Bar Margot menu, the chef

and Braves Country birth certif-

also curated a terrace garden at the hotel featuring a variety of

icate. The Born a Brave program

herbs and flowers used in food prep. Patria is passionate about

is part of the Atlanta Braves and

sourcing locally, which stems from his upbringing browsing local

Northside Hospital partnership

farmers markets. He also leads his kitchen staff in off-site visits

at SunTrust Park. The Braves

to butchers and markets to build their creativity. Each ingredi-

will supply 24,000 of the caps

ent incorporated in the menu has been designed by the chef

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script “A.” Northside Hospital,

environment. Patria, a culinary graduate of Gwinnett Technical

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College, fell into the profession accidentally when he took a job

20,000 babies in 2016, will dis-

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tribute the beanies at their three

into prep cooking, until he fell in love with the culture of the

locations, in Sandy Springs,

kitchen and realized that food had always been his passion. The

Cumming and Canton. “This is

chef ’s philosophy is simple; put a modern spin on classic tech-

going to make all our newest

niques and, most importantly, “have fun with it.”

and cutest future Atlanta Braves fans feel special, cozy and ready


to do the Braves chop,” says Bessie Smith, operations manager of

City Winery is now opening its doors to those who want to

Family Centered Care at Northside Hospital. “A new baby is reward-

grab a midday bite or libation. Guests have been enjoying a

ing, and this will elevate that joy for families of all Northside babies.”

culinary tour of the world’s wine regions since the urban win-

For more information about Northside Hospital, including maternity

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of 2016. Due to popular demand, both the very spacious patio


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and restaurant are now open for lunch. The restaurant will serve

menu and small plates ideal for sharing. Prior to Donetto, Perez

lunch items from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., giving guests plenty of

served as the executive chef for Colletta, Indigo Road’s first

time to take a break from their daily routine and slow down with

Italian concept in Atlanta, where he received national acclaim

locally-sourced cuisine and a glass (or two) of wine, some made

from publications such as USA Today and Country Living, and

right here in Atlanta. The space is perfect for business lunches,

landed a spot in Jezebel’s list of the “100 Hottest Restaurants”

too. A “light bites” menu will also be available from 3 p.m. to

for two consecutive years.

5 p.m. Menu highlights include the Creekstone Cheddar Burger (Tilamook Cheddar, House-made Brioche Bun, Lettuce, Tomato,


Onion), Southern Pork Belly Baos (Bourbon-Glazed Crispy Pork

Peachtree Hills Place (PHP) is nearing its groundbreaking in

Belly, Pimento Cheese, Green Tomato Jam, Pickled Shallots),

one of Atlanta’s most beautiful neighborhoods, Peachtree Hills.

Italian Burrata (Marinated Cherry Tomatoes, Extra Virgin Olive

Nestled in the heart of Buckhead, this one-of-a-kind luxury

Oil, Balsamic Caviar, Grilled French Bread), and Deviled Eggs

neighborhood will soon offer condos and homes for residents 55

(Lardon, Chive, Haystack).

years of age and older. With downsizing being a key feature of the design, homes range from 1,400 to 3,000 square feet.


With home ownership, residents will also enjoy membership at

Donetto, Indigo Road’s latest Atlanta concept, is set to open

The Club, the community’s centerpiece that provides an array of

in the Westside’s new Stockyards development this summer.

amenities where members can dine, entertain and socialize. PHP

From the industrial windows to the kitchen-facing pasta bar and

provides the best in health and nutrition with a comprehensive

wood-fire grill, the contemporary 4,000-square-foot space will

wellness program and resort-style fitness center. Ideal for the

feature a polished and contemporary scene complete with both

active lifestyle, PHP’s lush green space will boast walking trails,

industrial and refined elements including wood-block flooring,

future access to the Atlanta BeltLine and tournament-worthy

steel wall panels and traditional Italian tiles that imitate the

croquet courts. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or an ambitious

warmth of a Tuscan farmhouse. As executive chef, Michael Perez

novice, the croquet court is the perfect place for lawn sports and

will be helming the kitchen boasting an urban Italian menu fea-

socializing. At PHP, residences will have it all — everything they

turing unique takes on traditional Tuscan fare, a rotating pasta

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Artist’s Palette

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mix of traditional and non-traditional fibers on a modern jaquard loom at the renowned TextielLab in the Netherlands. The tapestries feature plush, dimensional surfaces and explore Hayon’s dynamic use of color and style. The tapestries premiered alongside Merry Go Zoo and Shadowmaker, and have been acquired as a part of the High Museum’s permanent collection to enhance its 21st-century design collection. The Porch and the Shadowmaker are part of Midtown Alliance’s Public Art & Street Activation Program, which is intended to enliven Midtown’s public realm with visual points of interest that invite conversation and interaction. Reinforcing

Midtown’s identity as the “Heart of the Arts,” the organization uses human-scaled projects to enhance Midtown’s sense of community and walkability. Current efforts focus on curating temporary installations that allow the freedom to test ideas. In addition to The Porch’s

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t’s said the bond between sisters is unbreakable. That holds true for the Sullivan sisters who are

three years apart, have strikingly different yet beautiful personalities and, most importantly, share a deep love for one another. In the last several months, however, Saville, 20, and Lilia, 17, have embarked upon an unexpected and challenging journey--but they face it together. In 2016, Saville and Lilia were both diagnosed with brain cancer within three weeks of one another. As incomprehensible as it is, it also puzzles the medical community. Their tumors are different types, in different locations of their brains and appear to have no genetic link. These truly unbelievable circumstances

triggered Saville and Lilia’s fighting spirits as they have faced challenges and triumphs side-by-side. Need an inspiration for courage? Look no further than Saville and Lilia Sullivan’s story of strength, hope and love. Lilia is a typical 17 year old...almost. She is driven scholastically, athletically and socially. From leading her tennis team to the state championship to serving as quarterback during a high school powder puff football game, she thrives on competition. Equally as adventurous as she is competitive, Lilia returned in August of 2016 from a community service trip to South Africa followed by weeks working at Camp High Harbour. Her parents noticed she was tired, but who wouldn’t be with such an active summer? When she awakened them one night with nausea complaints, Lilia began to suffer from a full-blown seizure. It was then that her journey began with a diagnosis of a brain tumor identified as astrocytoma. Initially deemed inoperable, the talented team at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite knew the risk was one worth taking. In the last 10 months, Lilia has undergone a successful brain surgery, radiation treatments and currently takes oral chemotherapy. Would you believe this girl was on homecoming court, captain of the tennis team and headed back to Camp High Harbour this summer? She and her family coined the term, “You’ve got this.” And that she does. As Saville was visiting her sister at Scottish Rite, she mentioned having a lingering headache. If you know Saville, you know that even if she were in pain, others would still be the focus. Her loving personality is evident at the University of Alabama where, in September of 2016, she was stepping into her sophomore year, a member of Kappa Delta sorority and leading a vibrant social and academic life. Just weeks after Lilia’s surgery, a tumor in Saville’s cerebellum was discovered to be the root of her increasingly painful headache. The level of devastation that the family and all connected to the girls felt is impossible to put into words--but prayer and support for the family spread like wildfire. Like her sister with the competitive spirit, Saville has a deeply courageous spirit. Now nine months following her diagnosis, Saville was treated by the same medical team that treated Lilia and has undergone a successful surgery, proton therapy radiation and completed six months of chemotherapy at Scottish Rite’s Aflac Cancer Center in June. This August, Saville will return to Tuscaloosa to pick up where she left off...but with a new major. She will start studying to be Child Life Specialist, inspired by the those that impacted her and Lilia during some of the hardest days of their lives. The University of Alabama’s tagline is “Where Legends are Made.” Saville, you are a legend and an inspiration to everyone you meet. As it did for the Sullivan family, life can change quickly and unexpectedly. Their courage through adversity inspired Atlanta-based nonprofit Polo in the Pines to name Saville and Lilia as its 2017 honorees. Polo in the Pines, a two-day charity event full of polo matches, food, beverages and philanthropy, will donate all proceeds to brain tumor research at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Save the date for October 7-8. Join Polo in the Pines at the Atlanta Polo Club to fight against brain cancers in honor of Saville and Lilia. Lifestyle Publications is proud to be the media sponsor for this super-charged event. For tickets and more information, visit PoloinThePines.com.

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very autumn for nearly a century, high school students have walked

through the doors of the classical brick school building at the southeastern edge of Piedmont Park to begin the school year. Today, the campus is home to Henry W. Grady High School, but the facility origi-

nally opened in 1924 as Boys’ High School. The school is a tangible link between generations of Atlanta students, and a physical manifestation of the trajectory of the Atlanta Public School System.

First constructed during a period of great growth in the city, which necessitated the development of nearly a dozen schools, the old Boys’ High facility—now just one of many buildings which comprise the Grady campus—is attributed to noted classicist Philip Trammell Shutze. An architect at the Atlanta firm Hentz, Reid and Adler, Shutze was a recipient of the prestigious Rome Prize, which allowed him to study classical architecture throughout Italy between 1915 and 1920. The influence of that experience is legible not only at Grady High School, but in his other notable works including The Temple on Peachtree Street, the Academy of Science on West Peachtree Street, the old Rich’s Building downtown, and the Swan House in Buckhead. As one of his earliest works in Atlanta, the school building reflects experimentation with his melding of vernacular Southern style and Italian classicism. The three-story structure is constructed predominantly of red brick, a common material in Atlanta at the time for civic and commercial structures. However, rather than create just a simple brick wall, Shutze embellished the design. The brick is arranged in a Flemish bond pattern, resulting in an almost basket-weave pattern of alternating short (header) and long (stretcher) faces of brick. A mark of early brickwork, denoting that the walls serve as the structural support for the building, the patterning is emphasized thanks to the use of reflective grey bricks for the headers, which create a shimmering effect when struck by sunlight. The arrangement is unique, likely the only such application in the city, and an example of Shutze ingenuity with creating interest out of otherwise mundane materials.


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But that is far from the only decorative design decisions Shutze employed. Stretching for more than a block, the mass of the long building is broken up into five distinctive segments through the use of slight recesses and bump-outs, emphasized by grey stone quoins—stacked stones at the corner of a building, first used in Roman architecture. At either end of the building, Shutze borrowed liberally from 15th century Italian architect Leon Battista Alberti, who is known by architectural historians for an array of church facades in the mid1400s (below left). The terminating facades at Grady are traceable to Alberti’s Santa Maria Novella facade, which he designed to be added to a 13th century church in Florence. Symmetrical curving scroll work, capping a rectangular central volume accented by a circle at its center, and capped by a triangular pediment, unite the designs across more than four-and-1/2 centuries. Shutze clearly did his homework. Just a dozen years after the school opened, Shutze—by that time a principal of the firm now called Hentz, Adler and Shutze—would return to the campus to design an auditorium and gymnasium just to the rear of the school, borrowing much of the same language of the main building. The addition would be the last notable addition of Shutze’s on the campus, though he would not be the last acclaimed Atlanta architect to have a lasting impact at the school. After consolidation efforts in the late 1940s, the school was renamed for Henry Grady—the noted orator and Atlanta Constitution editor who coined the term “the new South.” Soon after the renaming, a major expansion was undertaken at the school to add a modern football stadium to accommodate the growing student body. Richard Aeck, a noted modernist in Atlanta, was tapped to design the facility. With dramatically leaning light towers which serve as a part of the structure holding up the grandstands, the sleek, modern stadium contrasts greatly with the classical Shutze buildings and highlights the dramatic changes in architectural styling in Atlanta from before and after WWII. From the 1950s to the 1980s, the campus saw many new structures to accommodate student population growth and changing demands on education facilities. New classrooms, a gym, a theater, and a cafeteria were all added, though the facilities were mostly utilitarian expressions, underscoring a diminished emphasis on design which typified much construction in those decades. Finally, in 2006, a new classroom building was added, replacing many of the mid-century additions. Designed by Perkins+Will, the building acknowledged the historic context of the Shutze building through material use, detailing, and proportions, while offering no doubt about its vintage. Through the years, the Grady High School campus has seen dramatic changes, with new buildings and renovations to keep the facilities up-to-date. The collection of architecture—from Shutze’s grandly classical building to Aeck’s streamlined stadium—is a testament to some of Atlanta’s most noted architects and a legible manifestation The main facade of Santa Maria Novella, designed by Leon Battista Alberti in 1470. 20

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f you’re the parent of a college-bound student, you

10, second draft by November 20 and final draft in early

know well all that goes into the college admissions

December. This allows your teen time to set the essay

process. From taking the SAT or ACT to the research-

aside for a couple of weeks and read it with fresh eyes

ing of colleges, there’s a lot to do in a relatively short

(and proofread and fine-tune if necessary).

amount of time. But what about the application essay?

5. Edit like a pro. Speaking of drafts, your teen might

“If the college to which your teen is applying requires

question the suggestion that an essay requires rewrit-

or strongly recommends that he or she write an essay,

ing several times. Yes, it’s true. A great essay takes

there are a number of things your teen can do to put

writing, revising and revising again. Encourage your

his or her best foot forward,” says Tiffany Layden of the

teen to do the obvious—proofread for errors and edit

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Center. Here are her five tips:

should ask questions while reviewing as well, such as:

1. Put thought into choosing the right topic. Most col-

• Does the essay hook the reader from the very start?

leges’ essay prompts are open ended, as admissions

• What’s the point of the essay and did I capture

officers generally hope that students will give good

it effectively?

thought to selecting a topic that shows who they are

• Is any part of the essay too long or too rushed?

and what they are capable of. Encourage your teen to

• Is there a clear conflict that caused me to change

be authentic and introspective, to think about what

in some specific way or take a new path?

he or she is proud of and passionate about as well as

• Did I achieve the desired tone for the essay (mov-

life experiences that have required your teen to work

ing or humorous, for example)?

harder, overcome setbacks or change. Remind your

• Does the voice sound and feel like me?

teen that the goal isn’t to impress the college with a

• For each and every sentence, could I say it better

laundry list of achievements, but rather, to present

or more clearly?


oneself in a way that is different than what the admissions officer would find on a transcript.

The college application essay is the chance to show an

2. Follow the directions. The essay is your teen’s chance

admissions officer who your teen is as a student and a

to engage in thoughtful self-expression, but it isn’t the

person—beyond his or her transcript and test scores.

place to ramble about why a college is your teen’s

It’s a personal statement that should come from the

dream school or explore tangents about his or her life or

heart and share with the college to which your teen is

feelings. Remind your teen to carefully read and ponder

applying why he or she would be a great fit as a stu-

the essay prompt given by the college. Don’t disregard

dent there. Your teen should be sincere and articulate

any instructions. If there’s a word count, stick to it. If

and remember that a college’s goal in requesting sup-

specific questions are asked, be sure your teen submits

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10 ways to beat the first day jitters ARTICLE SUE G. COLLINS


his fall a new group of 5 and 6 year olds will embark on the first sig-

her stay with a grandparent or a babysitter for increasingly longer peri-

nificant milestone of their educational journey: kindergarten. Whether

ods of time. This will teach your child to trust that you will always return.

you’ve been through years of preschool or not, the transition into “big kid school” can cause parents and children alike some first-day anxiety.

6. Tour the school with your child. Visit the classroom, meet the teacher

To help ease the transition to independence, Keri Stoltz, owner and

and tour the playground so the places and faces they will see on the

operator of the Primrose School of Midtown, suggests several ways

first day feel familiar and safe. Afterwards, talk about what both of you

parents can prepare their little ones before school starts.

saw and how fun the different activities looked. Refer to the teacher by

“Kindergarten is full of excitement and fun. There’s no need to be nervous,” Mrs. Stoltz says. “If you prepare your kindergartner for the

name to help your child think of her as a person you know and trust. Reinforce the idea of school as a safe place to learn and play.

transition with a few simple adjustments to your routine, you will end up enjoying the milestone, instead of feeling anxious.”

7. Set the stage. Talk to your child about kindergarten and help him

or her visualize what the day’s activities are likely to be. “On Monday Primrose Schools shares with parents the following 10 tips to help

when you go to school, you will see your friends, play on the swings,

calm kindergarten jitters:

and read stories. Ms. Smith will be there to help you. It will be a great

1. Establish a daily routine that fits your family’s schedule and ask

day! And Mommy or Daddy will be there to take you home when

everyone to do his or her best to stick to it. Consistently begin morn-

school is over for the day.”

ing activities at the same time every day. Don’t wait until school begins. Start at least two weeks before the first day and continue the

8. Shop for school supplies. Children love shopping for school sup-

routine throughout the year.

plies. Give your child the opportunity to pick out a few items he or she likes (within reason, of course) to provide a sense of ownership and

2. Night-time routines are important, too. The whole family can help

responsibility in the decision-making process.

make mornings easier by taking care of tasks the night before. Try making it a habit to pack book bags, complete homework, and pick

9. Say a quick “goodbye” and promise to come back. When drop-

out the next day’s clothes in the evening to avoid morning mayhem.

ping your child off at school, give a quick hug and kiss, cheerfully say goodbye and promise to return later. The longer you stay the less

3. Get your rest. Read a bedtime story early enough in the evening

confidence your child will have in being “left” at school.

for children to get a good night’s sleep. Many morning issues can be avoided if everyone is rested and ready to begin the day.

10. Establish a partnership with your child’s teacher. Children

look for emotional cues from mom and dad’s behavior. The more 4. Read, read, and read some more. It’s often the anticipation of the

comfortable you are with your child’s teacher, the more comfort-

unknown that makes children anxious about kindergarten. Reading

able your child will be. Discuss with your child’s teacher how

about starting school gives children an opportunity to imagine their

your child is adjusting over the first few weeks of school. The

own experience and express their fears. The following books are fun

more visible you can make the connection between home and

to read and can help children prepare for the feelings they might expe-

school the more secure your child will feel.

rience when school starts (all appropriate for ages 1 to 5 years old): • When Mommy and Daddy Go to Work by Joanna Cole • First Day by Joan Rankin • The Babysitter Sings by Phillis Gershator • Don’t Go by Jane Breskin Zalben

These tips can help parents adjust to their child entering kindergarten just as much as they can help children. “Starting kindergarten should be an exciting time for families, not a source of anxiety,” says Keri. “If you feel confident and prepared for the transition, your children are likely to feel the same.”

5. Prepare your kindergartner for longer periods of separation in incre-

ments. Before leaving your child at school for the first time, have him or

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City Scene


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Ansley's Columns nsley Park is known for its eclectic mix of architectural styles—from neoclassical revival, to arts and crafts, to modern—but who would have thought that this historical mingling also includes an antebellum touch. The most distinctive feature of 149 Peachtree Circle—an imposing white structure perched high on a hill at Peachtree Circle and 17th Street—is the twelve Ionic columns that ring its stately veranda. Although the building was constructed in 1914, the columns themselves date back to 1858. In Atlanta, little significant architecture survived the Civil War. These columns are likely the oldest and most historically noteworthy structural details in Ansley Park, and perhaps among the oldest in the city. The columns were originally part of the Leyden House, a Greek Revival-style home built in 1858 by Austin Leyden, who started the foundry that would become the Atlanta Machine Works. The Leyden House, with a portico featuring magnificent columns ARTICLE ANNA WINER PHOTOGRAPHY SUE G. COLLINS

of hand-carved ash or cypress, was located downtown next door to the Governor’s Mansion, on the site that would later be occupied by Macy’s. During the Civil War, the Leyden House served as a hospital for a time, and Confederate Commanding General John Bell Hood also stayed there. During the Union occupation of Atlanta, it was headquarters for Major General George Thomas, commander of the Union Army of the Cumberland, which probably explains why it survived. A 1944 article claims that the hollow columns had secret openings at the base, which may have been used for hiding valuables during the war. In 1913, Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler purchased the house, which he demolished to make way for commercial development. He rescued the columns, however, and presented them to Miss Rosa Woodberry who, in 1914, built 149 Peachtree Circle in the new neighborhood of Ansley Park to house the Woodberry Hall School for Girls. Woodberry, a distinguished educator, was the first woman to attend the University of Georgia, and her boarding and day school offered young ladies classical, science, and general diplomas as well as a certificate in English. One of the Woodberry School’s students was Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind. She was quite possibly aware that the columns that graced her school had come from the Leyden House, which she mentions twice in her novel. Rhett Butler refers to the house in Chapter 48, and in Chapter 8, Mitchell wrote:


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City Scene







behind and the residences came into view. Scarlett picked them out as old friends, the Leyden house, dignified and stately; the Bonnells’, with little white columns and green blinds; the close-lipped red-brick Georgian home of the McLure family, behind its low box hedges.” Woodberry died in 1930, and two years later her school closed. In 1934, the building was converted into apartments, and over the years it fell into disrepair. When the property was put up for sale, the




that it might be demolished. Manhattan Peachtree Circle, LLC, recently purchased the property, and they clearly appreciate its historical importance. They plan to improve the property, while continuing to rent it as apartments. The noted disrepair turned out to be cosmetic, not structural, and exterior improvements, such as painting and lighting, are currently underway. Individual units will be renovated as they’re vacated. In a further nod to history, the lobby will soon feature early photos celebrating the building’s rich past. So for a glimpse of old Atlanta that touches on antebellum architecture, Civil War history, Coca Cola, Gone with the Wind, and women’s education, 149 Peachtree Circle has it all.


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August Lifestyle Calendar


the Library hosts a Community Yoga Class that is open to all levels. The


classes focus on hip openers, core strengthening, and proper body align-


ment with efforts to cultivate a renewed sense of self-awareness.

Already? Yes indeed. Watch for pedestrians, school buses and frantic parents dropping their kids off for day one. Good luck kids!




The Midtown Book Group meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 8 -


10 p.m. to discuss great literature with our Midtown friends and neighbors. We

Join the Atlanta Bike Coalition for the monthly Commuter Breakfast

welcome visitors and new members. Midtown Book Group is a FREE com-

(first Thursday every month). Stop by anytime between 7-9 a.m. for

munity event. Please join us! Note: During the summer months, May - August,

coffee and conversation with fellow commuters and ABC members.

we'll meet at Savi Provisions. This month: BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah.

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Tracing Passions

Parting Thoughts



'm an architect, and have been since November 4, 2015, when I received my license to practice from the Georgia State Board of Architects and

Interior Designers. It was a proud day, many, many years in the making. Becoming an architect is a multi-year process involving at least five years of college education, three years of work experience, all capped off by passing seven exams—a process that often takes another five to seven years. All in, that means the fastest possible path to licensure, from the start of architecture school to the receipt of official seal is eight years; and while I met that timeline, it’s not that simple. In hindsight, my path was much longer, having started more than a decade before I started my first year of college.

In high school, I had more than one teacher call me out for not pay-

Going back as far as kindergarten, it's easy to see my trajectory to

ing attention to what they were saying, as I focused on the drawings in

where I am today. In Ms. Long's kindergarten class, my favorite activ-

my notebooks. But when they would wander by my desk and glance

ity was the sand table. In a drawing from February of my first year

at the pages, filled with drawings, their approach would soften. It didn’t

of elementary school, I proclaim (through my teacher’s handwriting)

hurt that I tended to do pretty well in class, despite my side interests.

that I want to be a construction supervisor—a career that is not all that unlike architecture—especially in the mind of a 5 year old.

By the time I graduated from North Springs High School, my direction was clear. Architecture was my passion, despite having

As time marched on through my years at Spalding Drive Elementary

never taken a class in it. Of the dozens of teachers I encountered

in Sandy Springs—through Ms. Castlin's first grade class, Ms. Sorenson's

in my 13-year journey in school, not one had a background in the

second grade class, Ms. Pipkin's third grade class, Ms. Tillman's fourth

profession; but with their collective support, I picked up the skills that

grade class, and a reprise with Ms. Pipkin for fifth grade—my passion

I would need to succeed in life, whatever direction I went in.

for learning was nurtured. Math, history, science, art, reading, and writing would all shape my future path; even if I didn't know it yet. Middle school was much of the same. As generic classes turned

I'm very proud of where I am today. My parents did a great job raising me. I've been fortunate to meet the right people to motivate me to take the next steps in life, and I'm not going to say I didn't work hard, too.

into specific subjects, I uncovered a love of math. Ms. Theriot’s geom-

But as students prepare to head back to school, I have to take a

etry class in eighth grade got me excited about the origin of shapes

moment to think about all of the teachers—those who taught me all

and how they could be derived through logical, methodical means.

the skills that I've used to get to where I am now. Without them, I

By all accounts, I was a good student—my report cards show A’s

wouldn't be doing what I'm doing today.

and an occasional B (after elementary school, science never quite

It’s not merely the lessons and lectures that make an impact on life,

excited me as much). But despite my dedication to school, my note-

but the recognition and nurturing of passions. A good teacher can make

books reveal that I spent less time taking notes, and more time draw-

things come alive and shape the way you perceive the world. I was very

ing buildings—ever more elaborate as the years went by.

lucky to have quite a few good teachers, and for that, I am thankful.


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