Tag Archives: South Georgia Streamline Moderne Architecture

Calhoun County Frozen Foods, Edison

Fred Bailey writes: I grew up in Edison, across the street from Mr. Joe and “Miss” Lynnette Jackson. They owned this business that we called “the freezer locker”. I believe the formal name of it was Calhoun County Frozen Foods…I was born in Edison in 1950. I worked for the Jacksons for a couple of months back then to earn money for college. Cows and hogs were slaughtered and processed there. Monday was “hog killing day”- also custom deer processing was done, as well as cold storage for the public. Horace Shepard, Jr, as well as a great man- a black man named “Sam” who taught me a lot about life, worked there along with the Jackson’s two son: Tom, who is my age, along with the older brother Joe, Jr, and of course Mr. Joe as well as “Miss” Lynnette also worked there. Life was much simpler back then- but though I like to look back on it- I really don’t miss it.

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Streamline Moderne House, Cordele

Though not Streamline Moderne (or Art Moderne) in the purest sense, this house, whether built this way or modified to this appearance, exhibits strong elements of the style. It’s quite rare in residential examples, especially rural ones.

O’Neal School Neighborhood Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Old Ford Dealership, Adel

Adel GA Cook County VIP TCB Neon Art Moderne Renovation Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I always thought this was an old theatre, but thanks to B. Sutton, I now know that it was originally a Ford dealership and was later O. P. Fausett’s Phillips 66 station.

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Branch’s Market, 1948, Tifton

Branch's Market Mid Century Modern Architecture Ice Company Tifton GA Yellow Brick Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Here’s yet another South Georgia landmark about to be lost to “progress”. Streamline Moderne architecture, characterized by curving forms and long horizontal lines, is akin somewhat to Art Deco and has been disappearing nearly as fast as our tobacco barns and country stores. (Thanks to Lew Oliver for correctly identifying this form for me). Since it doesn’t have the same aesthetic, it’s harder to drum up widespread preservation support, or even interest for that matter. But it’s a highly endangered form in our area. A preservationist friend recently made me aware that the razing of this structure was imminent; even though it was a hard fought battle, the local preservation group relented and has allowed the tear-down to move forward.

Branch's Market Tifton GA Mid Century Modern Landmark First Supermarket Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Buddy Bryan, who first identified this for me in 2010, wrote: “This old market on the corner of Central Avenue and Second Street was originally owned by Buster Branch during the late ’40s and 50′s and known as Branch’s Market.” It wasn’t the first supermarket in Tifton, though, as I had originally thought. Matt Brown writes: The first super market in Tifton was the A & P Super Market… The A & P was located on 3rd Street across from Lang Printing. The building was completed and the A & P opened in the summer on 1947. Branch’s Market opened in 1948. I know these facts because my father, uncle and grandfather were the contractor’s that built the A & P food store…W P Brown & Sons. The building is still in use today and through the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s was home to the Goodyear Tire & Service Center.

Branch's Market Mid Century Modern Architecture Ice Company Tifton GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

This view, and the one below, show the Second Street side of the building, as well as the old South Georgia Ice Company. I think the ice company took over the market building at one point, as well.

Branch's Market Mid Century Modern Architecture Ice Company Tifton GA Soon to Be Torn Down Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

The last two shots are detail studies of the iconic curved corner with the glass bricks and lamp post.

Branch's Market Mid Century Modern Architecture Corner Entrance Yellow Tile Lamp Post Sign Tifton GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Though the forthcoming tenant, Colony Bank, has submitted plans “incorporating” these historic details, it will be a far cry from the original, and in my opinion, an insult to the original architecture.

Branch's Market Mid Century Modern Architecture Ice Company Tifton GA Soon to Be Torn Down Original Sign Lamp Column Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Update: Branch’s Market was razed in 2014.

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Calhoun County Frozen Foods & Storage, Edison

Edison GA Randolph County Abandoned Mid Century Modern Food Storage Locker Grocery Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Blakely and Ocilla have or had similar examples of storage buildings, also known as freezers and food lockers.

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Blakely Freezer Locker, 1946

blakely ga freezer locker photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Doug Johnson notes: This was my father and mother, Huey and Lillian Johnson’s business from about 1952 until it closed in 2005.

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Filed under --EARLY COUNTY GA--, Blakely GA

Griffin’s Cold Storage, 1944, Ocilla

ocilla ga griffins cold storage photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

A nice example of Streamline Moderne architecture, this structure was sadly demolished in 2012. According to Hugh Roberts, this was originally known as McCranie’s Freezer Locker until around 1956 or 1957 it became Griffin’s. It was purchased from the McCranies by Webster (Web) and Wylene Whitley Griffin. Thanks to their son, Noah, for some of the historical background. Alan Griffin writes: I recall visiting Uncle Web’s place many times while growing up and fondly recall the smell of fresh pork shoulders on the pit, Web making his BBQ sauce, and of course sneaking a taste while helping chop the pork. In summer, we’d usually get to spend a week or two and we would explore every part of the building. The coolers ((hanging hogs, beef quarters and all) were always a welcome escape from the South Georgia heat in July! A cherished place of my youth!

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