Robert Woodruff’s Impact on the Future of Atlanta

Andrew, Land. “The Social and Civic Impacts of Robert Winship Woodruff in the City of Atlanta During the 1960s.” Thesis, Clemson, 2007.http://tigerprints.clemson.edu/all_theses/103/. Robert Woodruff Source: Woodruff.org Andrew Land, who received an MFA in History at Clemson University, discusses in his article, “The Social and Civic Impacts of Robert Winship Woodruff in the City of Atlanta During the 1960s”, Robert Woodruff’s efforts “to combat poverty, make slum areas more livable, and provide cultural and art venues for Atlanta’s citizens.” He notes Woodruff’s extensive wealth and addresses how “Woodruff’s power, such as it was, was not wasted.  Rather, it was expended on issues close to his ideals and close to him personally” (49).  In particular, Woodruff sympathized with black residents in Atlanta communities and “Woodruff’s sense of civic obligation was tremendous; he had equally grand plans for the future of Atlanta” (56). Land’s purpose is to raise awareness about the contributions to Atlanta by building infrastructure and making our city one of the greatest cities in the South. This article provides the reader with an overview of the history of Atlanta’s conception and the actions leaders like Robert Woodruff and Ivan Allen took to build our...

The Woodruff Arts Center: A Juxtaposition of Architecture and Community

Woodruff Arts Center, Midtown, Atlanta The Woodruff Arts Center is located in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia. The center was built in 1968 by award winning architect Richard Meier. Robert Woodruff, who was a main benefactor for the site, intended to pay homage to the art and civic leaders of Atlanta and provide programs for youth and their families. Although the center was built with the intention of building community it does appear to exclude the lower class and homeless. The site features a series of contradictions that are hidden subliminally in its design. The design of the center is modern, bright, open and inviting, however something is also intimidating and exclusive about the way the building is structured. For instance, the dramatic geometric shapes of the building make the entrance appear shrouded and the exterior does not reveal much about its artful interior. The building is monochromatic with large windows that do not reveal any content from the outside. The center is accessible through public transit from the Art Center MARTA station, which allows outsiders for less wealthy communities to pass through. However, the center only caters to the upper and middle class communities of Atlanta and young art visionaries such as college and high school students. The benches located around the site are all divided in a way to prevent the homeless from laying down. The trashcans also have locks to prevent homeless people from digging for food and other items. The center has a digital space for their advertisement that catches the attention of pedestrians with visuals and graphics. A digital display advertises upcoming events, programs for youth, as well as sponsorship from...
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