Atlanta isn’t exactly known as a place that preserves its history. Our city has raised and knocked over countless buildings in its decades-long cycle of reinvention.
However, not everyone is on board with this plan. According to Cristina Moscoso, a consultant and photographer; Daniel Tana, program manager of the American Architectural Foundation; and Derek Anderson, an architectural historian married to Moscoso, people like historical homes and architecture.
“Atlanta is a really good place for preservation because people are becoming more interested in preservation,” Anderson said.
The three of them started an Instagram account called Architectural Splendor to capture the beauty of historical houses.
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These photos are taken by Anderson and Tana on their trips around the country.
Moscoso said she edits and posts the pictures to Instagram. The descriptions tend to be more detailed than an average Instagram account, reflecting the depth of expertise the group brings to the project.
“That’s kind of the beauty of Instagram,” said Tana. “You don’t have to read anything if you don’t want to.”
Anderson said people in Atlanta (and nationally) are becoming more interested in preserving the history built into a city’s walls.
“When I talk to friends, they want to buy in Atlanta historic districts,” he said. “We’re kind of in a period where due to the continuous loss of historic buildings, people have said enough is enough… (Historical structures) are what make a cool city that people want to visit.”
Anderson, who said he drives around Atlanta looking for good examples of historical architecture to photograph, recommended Grant Park, Druid Hills, and Cabbage Town as neighborhoods with history. Some lesser-known areas he mentioned include Adair Park and Collier Heights.
“I personally think this is a good experience for people,” Tana said. “I hope to just open people’s eyes and get them curious.”