L&N Railroad Freight Depot

The L&N freight depot, constructed around 1906, was at the time one of the largest reinforced concrete buildings in existence. The two-block-long structure extended from Central Avenue to Piedmont Avenue, with the Washington Street viaduct (lower right in the image above) dividing it into two sections. Overall, the 5-story building was 835 ft. long and 50 ft. wide.

In the postcard view above, a small portion of the roof of the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot can be seen to the right of the L&N depot, just behind the two autos on Washington Street. Near the center of the image is the huge arched roof of Union Station (built 1871). The long red brick building in the foreground was Produce Row, also a part of the terminal complex. It was completed in 1914.

From: Atlanta, the Metropolis of the South, Franklin-Turner Co., 1907. Online at Internet Archive here.

The L&N depot, initally known as the L&N Terminal Warehouse, and the Georgia Railroad freight depot also served as "Atlanta Joint Terminals." (See photo at Atlanta History Center website.) This was an unincorporated "arrangement for the common use of terminals and not a partnership" put into effect on April 1, 1907, between L & N and Atlantic Coast Line (lessees of the Georgia Railroad), Atlanta & West Point Railroad, and Atlanta Belt Railroad.

A ca.1977 photo of the demolition of the structure is online at the Atlanta History Center's website.

The photo above is from Henry Adams, Reinforced Concrete Construction in Theory and Practice (London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1911).

Below, the old postcard image can be compared to a more recent image that was also made from the capitol dome. The yellow arrows on the right side of each image provide orientation.

Bottom photo from Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, HABS, Reproduction number HABS GA,61-ATLA,3--92. Cropped. Full photo at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ga0413.photos.056920p/


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