You have probably figured out by now that we're obsessed with the history of our building and neighborhood. Our location along the Atlanta BeltLine's Eastside Trail provides yet another opportunity to celebrate our history.
When the BeltLine was an active rail corridor, trains used to pull up behind the third floor of the building for loading and unloading merchandise. In the picture, you can see the original Sears building with a train parked to the south (right-hand side). After the completion of the 1966 addition, Sears covered the trestle with the new building. They covered the original tracks with concrete and converted the loading area into a cafeteria.
We now want to bring this history to life for everyone to
experience. We have found the original
rail under the concrete, and will put a boxcar on top of the old trestle as a
tribute to the original use, and transform the space it into an outdoor area
for all to enjoy.
For reference, this is the outdoor area central to the building facing North Ave, just above the courtyard (you may have seen it on the model). And yes, there will be direct access from the BeltLine. We just completed a few new renderings of the space. Do you have any suggestions on other ways we could celebrate our history?