THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Castleberry Hill Landmark Historic District
Castleberry Hill is conveniently reached by guests from all parts of Atlanta has been a federally recognized landmark historic district since 1985. In 2006 it became a City of Atlanta Landmark Historic District. This area was originally part of the renegade Snake Nation community but by the Civil War became industrial with building material factories, cotton warehousing and grocers. By the early 1900s it had fallen on hard times where it remained until the 1980s where it was featured in Driving Miss Daisy.
The area is prime for filming. In 2012, Scary Movie 5, Identity Theft, Necessary Roughness, Teen Wolf, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Coma, The Marriage Counselor, the Farelly Brothers comedy Hall Pass, The Walking Dead and Marry Me, were also shot in Castleberry Hill.
These 100 year old warehouses have been restored and are now the home of a growing number of notable art galleries, restaurants, businesses and restored warehouse loft residences. In recent years, the area has been known as Castleberry Hill Art District and is home to the Second Friday Art Stroll.
THE BUILDING – The Wiley Art Gallery
Built in 1926, this Streamline Moderne style building has ten foot ceilings, white brick walls and original wood floors, excellent for dancing. It is a picturesque site for an intimate wedding and reception. As a later phase of Art Deco, Streamline Moderne emerged from the Great Depression. It reflected the austere economic climate by removing all unnecessary ornament, focusing on streamlined forms, such as smooth walls, rounded edges, and circular windows. The style was heavily influenced by the shapes of modern transportation – automobiles, airplanes, trains, buses, and ocean liners – that reflected the growth of speed and travel in the 1930s. It was perfect for a technological age that spawned air travel, the telephone, radio, talking pictures, and the skyscraper. Integral with the machine age, the style is founded on the idea that mass production and quality were not mutually exclusive. It was also the first architectural style to incorporate light into architecture.