Carl’s Corner – Grant will stabilize monument

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 17, 2014
Carl's Corner, a historic gateway arch in Avondale Estates, will soon be getting a face-lift. Photo courtesy of Avondale Estates

Carl’s Corner, a historic gateway arch in Avondale Estates, will soon be getting a face-lift. Photo courtesy of Avondale Estates

The city of Avondale Estates has received a grant that will allow the city to preserve a piece of history.

Avondale Estates received a $9,270 grant from the Historic Preservation Fund to repair and stabilize Carl’s Corner. The red brick and stucco arch is located at the corner of South Avondale and North Avondale Roads. It’s one of the oldest monuments in the city, constructed in the 1920s and named for Carl Houseworth, a gardener.

“This means a lot to the City. It’s a highly visible, meaningful monument, and its restoration will leave a
more positive, lasting impression on residents and visitors,” City Planner and Community
Development Officer Keri Stevens, who authored the grant, said in a press release from the city. “This upgrade also comes at a great time, when we’re getting ready to finalize our Downtown Master Plan Update and ensure the City remains  desirable for businesses, residents and visitors.”

The grant will cover 60 percent of the total project cost, the city announced in the press release.

“Citizens interested in maintaining the historic features of the City expressed concern over the condition of the archway, and an interest in telling its story,” the city’s press release says. “Letters of support from local residents, boards and commissions and the DeKalb History Center helped secure the grant funds for this project.”

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  • Ann Barber

    Could you please link to the city’s press release or provide more information about the arch’s history?

    • Ann, this is the only information in the release itself. “The City’s 1920s-constructed red brick and stucco ceremonial entrance archway, named after early Avondale Estates gardener Carl Houseworth, is located at the corner of South Avondale and North Avondale Roads. It was referenced in 1986 as a contributing feature to the National Register of Historic Places District.” I’ve been Googling to see if I can find a more comprehensive history on it. It’s probably worth its own separate story, now that you mention it.

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