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Oakland Cemetery: This Place Matters

by Neale Nickels, Director of Preservation On Monday evening I was very humbled and honored to win the Jenny D. Thurston Memorial Award at the 2016 Atlanta Urban Design Commission Awards of Excellence ceremony. It made me think a lot…

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A Fitting Tribute for the Goat Man

Each year during Halloween, Historic Oakland Foundation brings to life the stories of a few of its residents during the ever-popular Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween tours. Presented through vivid historical re-enactments, these tours impart the stories of Atlantans…

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Masters of Preservation

by Neale Nickels Director of Preservation It’s April in Georgia. The smell of tea olive and jasmine is in the air; dogwoods and azaleas are in full bloom; and droves of people fly in to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as they…

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A 'Hex' on Oakland

By Neale Nickels, Director of Preservation Don’t be alarmed, I don’t mean that kind of hex! I mean "hex" as in hexagonal pavers, which is precisely the reason for the big mess near the pedestrian gate on Memorial Drive. Oakland’s…

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Paths to Restoration

by Neale Nickels, Director of Preservation “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” [Genesis 11:3] Good materials and hard work yield strong results. Recently, the PRO Team has been working to restore a long brick pathway in the…

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