Techwood Homes, Building No. 15, 476-480 Techwood Drive, Atlanta, Fulton County, GA
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476-480 Techwood Drive, Atlanta, GA
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS GA-2257-R
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N544).
Building/structure dates: 1934 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1980 subsequent work
National Register Number: 76000632
Significance: Techwood Homes, Building 15 is a contributing building in the Techwood Homes Historic District, nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Techwood Homes is associated with events, agencies, and individuals significant to the history and design of public housing, both nationally and locally. Techwood Homes was the first federally funded public housing project in the United States to reach the construction stage. As the first of 51 "demonstration projects" developed nationwide by the Housing Division of the Public Works Administration (PWA), Techwood Homes served as an experimental model for interpretation and implementation of design standards established by the Housing Division. The project drew immediate praise for its sturdy construction, fireproof materials, natural lighting and cross-ventilation, ample open space and recreational areas, and community-oriented amenities. Development of this landmark project in Atlanta reflected the planning and lobbying efforts of prominent local citizens. Its development provided many benefits locally, including clearance of one of the city's worst slums, employment of many workers and professionals, creation of new housing for over 600 limited-income families, construction of much-needed dormitory for Georgia Tech, and establishment of local support for the subsequent creation of the Atlanta Housing Authority.
Burge & Stevens,Architects
Housing Division Of The Public Works Administratio
J.A. Jones Construction Company
Federal Housing Administration
Palmer, Charles F.
Almand, Jennifer, Photographer
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
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