Our home in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward has a rich history. The 17,000-square-foot building began life in 1902 as the Model Laundry. Its original address was 409 Houston Street.Houston Street was later renamed John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, after the unofficial “Mayor of Sweet Auburn” and grandfather of Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson. The site of Dobbs’ home is just up the street, east of Boulevard near the notorious zombie house (whose growing collection of undead sculptures threaten to overrun its lawn each Halloween).The former laundry was purchased and renovated in the mid-2000’s by Goode Van Slyke Architects (GVSA), and currently houses that firm, the Jackson Street Fulton County Library and Superlux.GVSA’s approach to the design proposition was to balance a preservation of the existing foil with a modern intervention within. A steel frame charges through a glass, two-story oval to create a progressive surprise within the historical envelope. This modern intervention is to stand independent of, and in balance with, the historical envelope.And, there’s plentiful free parking along John Wesley Dobbs.