Herndon Building

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Herndon Building
July 1979 HABS picture, taken from third floor of Odd Fellows Building
Herndon Building is located in Atlanta
Herndon Building
Location251 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia
Coordinates33°45′19″N 84°22′48″W / 33.7553°N 84.3799°W / 33.7553; -84.3799Coordinates: 33°45′19″N 84°22′48″W / 33.7553°N 84.3799°W / 33.7553; -84.3799
Part ofSweet Auburn Historic District (#76000631)
Added to NRHPDecember 8, 1976[2]

The Herndon Building was a contributing property in the Sweet Auburn Historic District of Atlanta, Georgia, located across Auburn Avenue from the Odd Fellows Building and Auditorium.

Begun in 1924 and completed the following year, it was a three-story L-shaped brick building, "easily recognized by the large H located on the front facade of the building".[1] It was used as a professional building by several different businessmen and women, including a doctor's office and a pharmacy.

Vacant and collapsing (shown on Google Maps and Street View), it was already fit for condemnation when it was seriously damaged in the 2008 Atlanta tornado (which also passed very close to the Herndon Home). It was demolished in late April 2008 as a direct result of this.[3] Currently, the Butler Street YMCA, which owns the property (and is located to the southwest of it just across Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, formerly Butler Street), has no plans for the site.

The Herndon Building was one of three contributing properties in the historic district which were associated with the life of Alonzo Herndon. The Atlanta Life Insurance Company Building and the Rucker Building are the other two.


  1. ^ a b Frank J. J. Miele, John Sprinkle, and Patti Henry (November 1999) National Historic Landmark Nomination: Herndon Home, National Park Service and Accompanying 6 photos, of Herndon and family and of exterior and interior of mansion, from c.1910, c. 1915, 1998
  2. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. ^ Jim Auchmutey (2008-04-21). "Landmark a victim of tornado". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2008-04-24.

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