Sunday, October 9, at 3:00 PM
Pulaski Heights is one of Athens’ best kept secrets—a hidden gem of a neighborhood a stone’s throw away from vibrant downtown and Prince Avenue. Narrow streets, natural ravines and the railroad have served to keep the early-twentieth century neighborhood intact and protected. An early example of mixed use, the area was originally home to skilled tradesmen, clerks, and small business owners who built charming but unpretentious cottages in Southern vernacular style among some of Athens’ most prominent industries of the time. Many of the old industrial structures remain and have been adapted to contemporary uses, such as L. M. Leathers Son’s Company, now office condos, and the Southern Cotton Oil Co., now an artist studio and events space. Current neighborhood residents maintain a close-knit but individualistic lifestyle and have embraced the mix of bungalows, industrial buildings and trains. One of its early influential residents was John Linley—an architect, author and professor at the University of Georgia’s School of Environmental Design. Linley bought a home on Pulaski Street in 1967 and championed in-town living at a time when people were fleeing to the suburbs. He demonstrated that thoughtful modern architecture can be compatible with traditional neighborhoods, an example now being followed by neighborhood resident Lori Bork and other architects leading a modernist boom in the neighborhood. In addition, Linley created a world-class garden that spills in terraces down precipitous banks to Pulaski Creek. This treasure is now lovingly maintained by current homeowners Lee Smith and Rinne Allen. The neighborhood is home to artists, small business owners, and professionals who follow Linley’s example of putting one’s heart and aesthetic into one’s house and yard. This tour will last approximately 2 hours.
David Bryant recently retired as assistant director of the Georgia Sea Grant Program at the University of Georgia. David received his master’s degree in English from the University of Georgia. He is an award-winning author and radio producer, his work ranges from books such as Georgia’s Amazing Coast to radio documentaries such as “Islam and the West” and “Berlin Calling” to journalism and live radio drama. He has lived in the Pulaski Heights neighborhood for more than 25 years. He and his wife, Cassie, enjoy their living within walking distance of downtown and the ever-changing culture of Prince Avenue.