The Old Bell Tower

A recent gig landed me in one of the oldest buildings in Atlanta. Agnes Scott College is a private women’s liberal arts college in Decatur, Georgia. Agnes Scott is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is considered one of the Seven Sisters of the South. The college was founded in 1889, in 1994 the campus was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and remains today a women’s college.

The first building on campus, Main Hall, was constructed in 1891. Over the years its had renovations and restorations. Now, nearly 130 years after its original construction, it’s about to receive another much needed modernization.

I was fortunate enough to be called in to help photograph and document the building in its current narrative. Some areas will be preserved as they are. There was an overwhelming feeling of “if these walls could talk”, which really resounded deep down the moment I stepped foot in the old bell tower. We found marks of affection by heartstrung college kids, students in the 60’s sharing a new idea of “make love, not war”, and signed names dating back to 1918! It’s absolutely wild to think of someone standing here over 100 years before us to add their mark.

My first reaction: WOW
My second reaction: “Don’t pull on the yellow rope, Chris!”

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