Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, 472-550 Auburn Avenue & 39 Boulevard Avenue, 472-550 Auburn Avenue & 39 Boulevard Avenue, Atlanta, Fulton County, GA
472-550 Auburn Avenue & 39 Boulevard Avenue, Atlanta, GA
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS GA-2169-A
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-76).
Building/structure dates: 1890
National Register Number: 74000677
Significance: The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Atlanta - the Upper Auburn Avenue area. Originally called Wheat Street in honor of one of Atlanta's pre-Civil War merchants. The name was changed in 1893 to the more stylish Auburn Avenue. As early as the 1880's Auburn Avenue became the center of Atlanta's black business and professional community. The interrelationship of residential, commercial, and religious architecture together with the strong black cultural history is representative of the life and work of Dr. King to the extent that the area was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977 and a unit of the National Park Service in 1980.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
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