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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Pic(k) of the Week: The demolition of the Georgia Archives building.

Georgia Archives demolition (03)

Just after 7 o'clock on the morning of 5 March 2017, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced, "fire in the hole," demolition experts exploded several charges, and, with several loud bangs, a fireball, and a huge plume of dust, the former Georgia Archives building, in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, imploded. In addition to the governor, a few thousand Atlantans had gathered to view the demolition, standing (well) back from the east side of the building.
The monolithic Georgia Archives —the 14-story tall "White Ice Cube" building in downtown Atlanta, Georgia— was imploded on Sunday, 5 March 2017, just after 7 am, collapsing into a subterranean 4-story parking garage.

When the building was built in 1965 on Capitol Avenue, near the Georgia State Capitol, it was called the most modern archival facility in the nation. But by the late 1990s, engineers determined that issues related to ground water leakage and nearby freeway construction would be inordinately expensive to repair.

In 2003, the new Georgia Archives facilities opened in Morrow near Clayton State University. By 2004, the adjacent Southeast Regional Branch of the National Archives opened to the public.

The building has remained empty since that point. Officials said after the current structure is demolished, a new state courts building will be constructed, providing a new home for the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court.
NBC 11 Atlanta

And, here: how the Archives Building appeared only a few days earlier (as seen from the west side):

Georgia Archives panorama

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  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of photos taken (or noted) by me, posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always (as is the case today), with a good fermentable as the subject.
  • Caveat videntor: I lay no claim to photographic facility.
  • Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1.
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