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Charles Bickerstaff and Joel Hurt photographs, circa 1893-1923 (VIS 134)

Charles Augustus Bickerstaff (1885-1937) was an insurance executive in Atlanta, Georgia from approximately 1910 to 1937. At one time, he worked for the Atlanta Home Insurance Company with his father-in-law, Atlanta business pioneer Joel Hurt. Mr. Hurt was an engineer and real estate developer who built several of Atlanta’s first skyscrapers beginning in 1892 with the Equitable Building. He also established Atlanta’s street railway system, and developed the Inman Park and Druid Hills neighborhoods. This collection contains photographs of banks, businesses, theaters, clubs, hotels, and grocery stores in downtown Atlanta, including two structures, the Atlanta Theater and the Equitable Building, that were built by engineer and developer Joel Hurt.  The collection also contains photographs of the Candler Building, the Century Building, the Empire Building, the English-American Building, and the Piedmont Hotel. Among the images are photographs taken by Tracy Mathewson, Edwards and Sons, and Reeves Studios, all of whom were Atlanta-based photographers.  

The Charles Bickerstaff and Joel Hurt photograph collection contains 22 sepia photographic prints, 19 of which are digitized and available on this database. 

The finding aid for the entire collection is available here.

 

To view the rest of the images, please visit the Kenan Research Center located at 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30305. Our hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Wednesday – Saturday. You may contact us by calling 404.814.4040 or emailing reference@atlantahisorycenter.com.

Digitization of this collection is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 
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