SAVE THE BUCKHEAD LIBRARY

UPDATE 03/20/08 FULTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS ACCEPTS LIBRARY TRUSTEE VOTE! From the AJC: http://www.ajc.com/search/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2008/03/19/fulton_0320.html Pitts abstained after making an impassioned plea to his colleagues to delay the vote until April. He wanted more time to research whether Fulton should accept an offer from developer Ben Carter to buy the Buckhead branch, demolish it and include the property in his redevelopment plan for the Buckhead Village. The board\'s vote essentially rejected Carter\'s plan because his offer was not part of the plan approved Wednesday. The unique branch\'s contemporary design has divided opinions since it opened nearly 20 years ago. On Wednesday, several supporters of the design pushed commissioners to spare the building. UPDATE 02/07/08: BOARD VOTES TO DECLINE BEN CARTER\'S OFFER! http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2008/02/27/buckhead_0228.html The Board of Trustees voted today to decline Ben Carter\'s $25 million offer for the land of the Buckhead Library Branch. The Board will recommend this action to the Fulton County Comissioners. The Board chairman declared that this was a moment in Atlanta history to set an example for future generations to remember us by. THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THEIR SUPPORT! The Board stated that the passionate response of the community was what lead their decision. Thanks for signing the petition, protesting, and attending the board meeting. The conference room was packed with library users, Buckhead residents, designers, and artist. Congratulations... ORIGINAL PETITION: We have the chance to stand up for one of Atlanta\'s modern buildings. The Buckhead Branch Library by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects officially opened to the public in December 1989 and has remained a unique modern work in the city. Whether you personally find it beautiful or not, it represents a building that can truly be called art; a building that demands you respond to it despite its modest size. Please join in the fight to save it and preserve the cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage of Atlanta. 1. Sign the petition. 2. Send an email, start with the library head, John F. Szabo: john.szabo@co.fulton.ga.us Then contact the Fulton County commission Chairman, Tom Lowe: Tom.Lowe@co.fulton.ga.us 3. Discuss & Protest: Attend the Save the Library Forum Thursday (Feb. 21) from 6:00-8:00pm at Georgia Tech College of Architecture, Auditorium, East Architecture Building. CHECK OUT THE FORUM PRESENTATION AT http://www.youtube.com/watchv=3MnJAoodpNM Protest on the sidewalk of the Library, 269 Buckhead Ave on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 11 am. Attend the Library Board of Trustee meeting at 3 pm, Wednesday, February 27 @ Atlanta/Fulton Central Library, 6th Floor to show your support. ** PLEASE NOTE - After you click the button below to \"SIGN PETITION\", you may see a screen asking for a donation to iPetition. You can close your browser at that point. As long as you have clicked \"SIGN PETITION\", your signature and other data will still be recorded. Thank you!

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Petition sponsored by a group of concerned architects and young architectural professionals http://www.savethelibrary.blogspot.com/

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ARCHITECTURAL RECORD includes the Buckhead Library in Weekly News Highlights: http://archrecord.construction.com/news/daily/archives/080215highlights.asp Listen to NPR Atlanta WABE report on the Buckhead Library! http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wabe/news.newsmainaction=article&ARTICLE_ID=1235442§ionID=1 Quick update starts at 3 min 25 sec. Board Declines to Sale Library! http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2008/02/27/buckhead_0228.html Presentation given at the Save the Buckhead Library Forum at Georgia Tech Feb. 21st http://www.youtube.com/watchv=3MnJAoodpNM AJC Article by Catherine Fox, Art & Architecture Critic http://www.ajc.com/search/content/opinion/stories/2008/02/24/library0224.html Press Release from the DOCOMOMO/US, Georgia Chapter http://www.docomomoga.org/pages/enewsletter/enews_02_25_2008.html DOcumentation and COnservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the MOdern MOvement http://www.docomomoga.org/wordpress/ THIS PETITION MADE THE AJC! http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2008/02/23/library0223.htmlcxntlid=inform The AJC article reporting from the SAVE THE LIBRARY FORUM on 2/21/08 http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2008/02/22/library_0223.html AIA Atlanta Response from Bruce McEvoy AIA, LEED AP, AIA Atlanta President http://www.aiaatlanta.org/ Opinion piece in support of saving the Buckhead Library in Feb. 18 AJC by David M. Hamilton http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/stories/2008/02/18/libraryed_0218.html Original AJC article by Kevin Duffy http://www.ajc.com/search/content/metro/stories/2008/02/10/library_0211.html CONTINUE TO ADD YOUR COMMENTS THERE TOO!

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