Nothing but women

South Carolina-born architect Geoffrey Lloyd Preacher headed the Atlanta architecture firm of G. Lloyd Preacher and Company.  In the first half of the twentieth century, Preacher was nothing if not prolific.

Among his designs were some of Atlanta’s most iconic structures: Peachtree Street’s Grady Hotel, Bass High School near Little Five Points, and the current Atlanta City Hall are all Preacher commissions.

Preacher’s firm also employed other architects and one of those was a man named George Harwell Bond. Bond designed many Atlanta structures during his career, including the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Buckhead. But it was a small shopping center at the corner of Ponce and Highland that caught our attention.

Not because it is a textbook example of the modernist style of design and not because it was the first shopping center in Atlanta to offer off-street parking. It caught our attention because of its connection to the greatest year in the history of movie making, 1939. And that was enough to make it this week’s Stories of Atlanta.

Lance Russell is an Atlanta-based filmmaker and media communicator who, for over three decades, has been entrusted by clients to tell their stories. A seasoned producer with an innate ability to cut to the heart of the matter, Lance’s instincts are tailor-made for today’s “media bite” culture. Brief, poignant and always entertaining, Lance’s current passion is bringing Atlanta’s colorful and inspiring past to life with his “rest of the story” style video series, Stories of Atlanta. “History’s best communicators,” says Lance, “have always been storytellers. It’s in our DNA. ‘Once upon a time’ is how we got to where we are now.”

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