Carnegie Education Pavilion Hydrant
Hi, I am the Carnegie Arch Hydrant, everyone
just calls me Archie. Gosh, my history was pretty dull
until some bright spark decided to demolish the Carnegie
Central Library in 1977. The library was Margaret
Mitchell's favorite haunt, she wouldn't have been happy.
She spent a great deal of time roaming amongst the shelves
finding material for that novel of hers (Frank Hydrant can
tell you more about Peggy
Mitchell). The Carnagie was built in 1902 and was one
of the first public libraries in the United States, but
it must have passed its used by date, because they
tore it down. But I am not complaining, no
way, thanks to them I have a better view now.
The bright spark who came up with the idea of building a
pavillion from the ruble was Henru Jova, in 1996. He must
have been suffering from Triumphal Arch envy. But
whatever, he turned the bits and pieces of the libary
facade into this beauty. They say it is in honor of higher
education, which must be why they have names of well known
philosophers and authors carved into the structure. Rumor
has it all of Atlanta's college and university seals are
embedded in the floor of the pavillion, but I can see
nothing from here, I just take people's word for it.
The Arch is in the Hardy Ivy park which was
named after the first European dude to settle here, before
it became known as Atlanta. He built a log cabin, where
the Marriott Marquis hotel now stands (on the corner of
Courtland and Ellis Street), before he fell off
his horse and died in 1842. Man, little did he know some
100 years later he would have a park named after himself.
I bet the Todd family feel ripped, they settled some ten
years earlier than the Ivy's but they were just outside
the original Atlanta city limits. Unlucky, no park for
them, but they did get a road named after them for a
while. It was the oldest known road in Atlanta, called
Todd Road, but only a small section remains today, which
is now called Old Todd Road (still ain't no park!).
The Hardy Ivy park use to be a scary place where the
homeless use to hang, but today all I see are tourists. There
is a statue of Samuel Spencer behind the arch, he was some rich
railway dude who owned the Southern Railway. He had a pretty
ironic demise. Got himself killed by a train. Bet he wishes he didn't
park his car on a siding to get a bit of shut eye.
If I could do just one thing in the world it would be to
look over my shoulder, because right behind me are a pair of
naked dancing lady statues. Man, you know how many hydrants
would kill to be in front of them! Sometimes life sucks, but to
make matters worse, I keep winning the "Unluckiest Hydrant in
Atlanta" award because of it. The statues were placed there, in
front of the SunTrust building, in 1992. The naked prima's
are based on the 3ft originals by famous American sculptor Paul
Manship. Lucky Lloyd hydrant has the honor of staring at them
all day, can't wipe the smile off his plug!