Blame the Yankees. When Union Gen. William Sherman stormed through the South more than 150 years ago, he famously ordered many Atlanta buildings put to the torch.
It’s a narrative that, some say, has stuck. In the latest chapter, city preservationists are decrying the demolition of two historic houses in a month.
The remains of the Wilson House, erected before the Civil War, were knocked down in January. About four weeks later, the Maddox house — a structural gem, designed by the famed Atlanta architect Phillip Shutze and built in 1937 — fell to heavy machinery.
How fast is the city’s history vanishing? Experts say the city loses about one historic building per week