The Creatives Project [TCP] had placed under contract for purchase the property at 1474 Metropolitan Pkwy to serve a future artist-in-residency home. The closing date was tentatively scheduled for Feb. .
- share our story
- donate a vacant property/lease
- make a tax deductible donation to the HeArt House Project
- recommend properties for purchase as TCP searches for a new location
- introduce TCP to historic conservationists who may assist with rebuilding the destroyed property (property's history below)
- identify corporate donors and private funders whose philanthropic goals align with our mission
- suggest TCP to new supporters; volunteers, patrons, sponsors, partners
- recommend our program offerings to artists and communities
How did we get here? Where will your donations go?
We apologize in advance for the lengthy text below BUT we want for you to know what you are supporting. You can skip it if you like;)
Before the fire:
We are a grassroots organization who has relied solely on individual donations and corporate sponsorships. Last fall we presented a business plan to a local patron. He was impressed and agreed to finance a loan to enable our organization to purchase this property. WOW. We were so excited. To top it off he also agreed to a loan for renovation expense in the event we were unable to raise all the funds needed up front. Once launched, residency income would support the mortgage. We also secured a number of partnerships to help offset renovation costs (download more info here). We estimated total costs of the purchase and rebuild to be 60k-80K as we continued to secured partnerships for material donations and pro bono services. Things were looking great, the community was coming together to make the HeART House happen. Without you, our partners, and this unnamed patron we could not have made it this far!
This week our team was to gear up for the big announcement that TCP had closed on the home. We would begin a call to action for support rallying volunteers and donors to begin the remodel.
Then the fire happened.
After the shock settled with a number of team conversations, the idea to release this story to the public became more important. We felt that the community should be a part of the dialogue as this house was to be a home for the community. It was a special landmark so we wanted to let the community decide its fate. We thought you guys would have suggestions, ideas, and strategies to share. One of those ideas was to contact the media: "what if, just what if, the right eyes fell upon this story?"
SO... some of our hopes for a resolution:
Ideally we could somehow keep this home alive. It is a far stretch but there are extreme home remodeling shows and generous benefactors hiding across the nation! Right? We just need to get the story out to them!
In this case the money you donate would go to any expenses not covered by this angel donor to create and run the residency, better yet create scholarships for resident/visiting resident expenses.
Another great scenario would be for a building/property to be donated. In which case we would only have to raise funds for renovations not covered through our partnerships.
Our final option is to locate another property for purchase. A process we have already started as it can be a long and arduous one. We truly hope to find another affordable yet grand property for sale at which point we will start from the top.
Please Please share your ideas with us. Let us know if you have ANY questions. We truly appreciate everything you have given to help get us here in such a short short time.
As always we promise every dollar you donate will be marked with heart and gratitude to help our city's artists, youth, and creative demeanor!
Email us for more info on how to get involved firstname.lastname@example.org
We would love to add your company as one of our project sponsors
1474 Metropolitan Pkwy is one of Capitol View's historic "Deckner" homes.TCP has wants to keep it alive.
About The Deckner Family of Capitol View; the original owners of the home.
The Deckner family is one of the original families in the Capitol View area who owned a great deal of the land. The Deckner’s plat of land was located in district 14 Land Lot 89 (Map-38) and was 100 acres in 1866. The value of the land at the time was $700.
Frederick Deckner emigrated from Germany to Wisconsin in 1842 and lived there for 23 years before settling in Georgia in 1865 at the advice of his son, Charles Deckner (1847-1933). In Georgia, Frederick Deckner observed that “the climate is a perfect representation of Italy-the finest in the world”. The recommendation to relocate from Wisconsin to Georgia came from the young Charles Deckner and his experience of being a Union Soldier in that area during the Civil War. Both father and son were known for their agricultural expertise as well as their truck farming practices. Truck farming involved the practice of growing more than one crop at a time and shipping these crops to distant markets. The younger Deckner’s advice for the proper care of crops, such as cantaloupes and asparagus, is documented in the Atlanta Constitution newspaper. Deckner’s cultivation and irrigation techniques were also admired. McMillan Seed Company used the Charles Deckner name in their advertisement to sell their bulbs to the community, showing the importance of the Deckner name as a large market gardener in plant cultivation.  (A-1).
Charles Deckner was married to Mattie A Bugg Deckner. They had six children: William, Leila, Virginia, Allen, Carl H. and Edward G. Deckner. The properties associated with Charles are still standing on Stewart Avenue (now Metropolitan Parkway). The oldest known Deckner family home is a Central Hall cottage with a rear ell built in 1866 (Photo 05 on P-3) The main Charles Deckner house is located at 1488 Metropolitan Parkway and it is an example of the Second Empire style, built in 1870 (H-2, H-3 and Photo 01 on P-1). The Second Empire style is characterized by the mansard roof: a dual-pitched, hipped roof with dormers. Many other Deckner houses survive on Metropolitan Parkway Southwest and are examples of Victorian homes. Leila Deckner’s property is located at 1466 Metropolitan Parkway and was built in 1896 (Photos 02 on P-1). Virginia Deckner’s property is located at 1474 and was built in 1903 (Photo 03 on P-2). Both are Queen Anne cottages with Folk Victorian details. Allen Deckner’s property is located at 1500 and was built in 1908 (Photo 04 on P-2). It is a New South cottage that does not exhibit any architectural style. Carl H. Deckner’s property is located at 1510 and was built in 1910. It is also noted that Frederick Deckner’s now demolished house was located where Atlanta Metropolitan College now sits. The surviving Deckner houses represent the only high-style homes in the Capitol View Historic District and are all contributing properties to the district.
In addition to the agricultural expertise of Charles Deckner, he was well respected in the community as a public figure. He served as the vice president of the 5th Congressional District of the Georgia State Horticultural Society from 1908 to 1909. He also had a pivotal role in the “Last Man Club” of Atlanta. This group was made up of Civil War veterans and met in the Masonic Lodge (1310 Metropolitan Parkway) in Capitol View. The purpose was for camaraderie, and as the years went by, their numbers dwindled. By 1930, Charles Deckner and Charles Haskins were the only two surviving members. Charles Deckner remained the last surviving veteran of the Grand Army of the Republic, a fraternal organization for Civil War veterans. Charles Deckner was also cited during the Atlanta Riot of 1906 for efforts to protect a dozen African Americans by “guarding them a day and a night”
 Fulton County Georgia Tax Digest, 1873.
 Publications: Vol. 5, Georgia Department of Agriculture ( Atlanta, GA: Jas. P. Harrison &Co., State Printers, 1880), 46.
 The Atlanta Constitution Journal, Date unknown.
 The Atlanta Constitution Journal, date unknown
 Ray Stannard Baker, The Atlanta Riot, (Phillips Publishing Co, 1907), 22-23.
ESSAY TAKEN FROM:The Application Form to make Capitol View a Historic District
Case Studies in Historic Preservation Class, HIST 8700, Spring 2011, Richard Laub, Instructor
The following students contributed to the Capitol View Historic District Information Form:
Adam Archual, Steve Bare, Mera Cardenas, Angelica Dion, Sarah Edwards, Anna Joiner, Joy Melton
About State Representative Grace Davis; the second and last owner of the home.
By J.E. Geshwiler : For the AJC