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Photo Scavenger Hunt Highlights Historic Downtown

Photo tour highlights South Downtown of then and now

The Constitution Building as it appeared when it opened, and today.
The Atlanta Constitution Building, constructed in 1947.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

South Downtown is filled with a bewildering array of old buildings in various states of disrepair, interspersed with parking lots and the occasional infill building.

On Saturday afternoon, the Atlanta History Center — in partnership with WeLoveATL and photographer Chris Moloney — gave Atlantans the opportunity to dive headfirst into the history of the neighborhood.

A scavenger hunt of sorts, the event started at Five Points where participants were given envelopes containing old pictures of the neighborhood. From there, the more than 100 participants fanned out to find the location of those original photographs and document the locations today.

Participants gathered at Broad Street Plaza at Five Points.
Michael Kahn, Curbed

Moloney, known for his rephotography, where he combines historic photos into present-day scenes, gave tips on how to line up shots using the provided photos. Participants were encouraged to share their shots through social media as part of a Worldwide InstaMeet.

The results were nothing short of eye-opening, as a means of bridging the historic and present-day worlds of downtown.

The Fulton County Courthouse, completed in 1914.
The Fulton County Courthouse, completed in 1914.
Michael Kahn, Curbed
The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, constructed 1873.
Michael Kahn, Curbed