“IN RUINS” – John B. Gordon School East Atlanta Georgia

A PICTORIAL DOCUMENTARY OF URBAN DECAY AND ABANDONMENT by Tanya Jacobson-Smith

The John B. Gordon Elementary School was built in 1909 and named after General John Brown Gordon, the son of a preacher, a University of Georgia student and was one of Robert E. Lee’s most trusted Confederate generals during the Civil War. Gordon served as a senator from 1873 to 1880, and Governor of Georgia in 1886. He is buried in Oakland Cemetery, and there is a statue of him riding a horse at the Georgia State Capitol.

The school was closed in 1995 and despite rumors of restoration by various development companies it remains abandoned and is gradually being reclaimed by the ground on which it sits. Just 3 days after I shot these images an article appeared in The East Atlanta Patch stating that a moratorium had been lifted and plans are underway for the demolition of the building to make way for a $15 million project.

I am so glad I made the short trip to Atlanta on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 to photograph this piece of Atlanta history.

**A little over a year after these photos were taken the school was ravaged by fire on the afternoon of April 8, 2014.  You can read about it here: http://eastatlanta.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/fire-erupts-at-abandoned-east-atlanta-school and/or read and watch the video here: http://www.cbs46.com/story/25195602/fire-burns-abandoned-east-atlanta-school

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4 thoughts on ““IN RUINS” – John B. Gordon School East Atlanta Georgia

  1. i went to school there in 1993, a lot of memories and it reminds me of what I came through to make it where I am now. a lot of people I went there with are lost and gone, makes me sad.

    • Thank you for your comments. It makes me sad when we lose places like this. I hope your memories of school are good ones and that you learned things there that will continue to help you throughout your life. The time I spent there making these photos was very special and meaningful to me and an experI shall not soon forget.

  2. Hello I’m really untreated in seeing the school but do not know the address. Can I please have it.

    • Hello Matthew, thank you for your interest. Unfortunately the school burned a few months ago. These were some of the last photos taken there. It was located in East Atlanta Village at 1205 Metropolitan Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia and you can find more info by simply googleing John B Gordon School. I am not sure what is left or if you can still gain entrance.
      Tanya

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