Taking a Look at The Tabernacle

On February 8th, 2017, I took an hour and a half out of my day at 1:30 pm to go visit The Tabernacle, a venue in Downtown, Atlanta, on Lucky Street. As i sat across the street for much of my observations, i notably captured the structure of the building and the aspects that make the architecture here so distinct. The front of the building is composed of exposed brick and long white windows that cover the entire center of the facility. There are 5 tall red double doors, each approached with five cement stairs and yellow paint lining the front end of the bottom stair. These five doors all have black, decorative, scrolled hinges from top to bottom and are topped with a semi-circle window. Above this set of doors is the venue’s Marquee. This sign has four parts. To the very left and very right, in black metal, the address “152 Lucky St NW” is spelled out. Extending from opposite side, two electronic screens extend outward on the Marquee and flip through the list of upcoming shows. The screens read:

“Sting! 57th and 9th tour! SOLD OUT! 02.27.2017.” picturing a white man and typed in red,

“TONIGHT!” in all white letters on a black background,

“Mr. Lauryn Hill” in white, and below it read “February 14th” in red,

“Tabernacle” with a printed stain glass background made up of the colors orange, green, red, and different shades of blue. This screen includes the name of the venue itself,

“The Flaming Lips April 2nd” printed on an orange, grey, and purple design,

“EXCISION” in white followed by “Feb 16” in red,

And “The Art of The Teese SAT Feb 25th” printed next to a picture of a white woman dressed in all leather.

The bottom of the Marquee is painted gold and has 11 circular lights that shine down on the entrances, but the 4 in the center are not lit. In between each of the tall, five doorways, there is a separation of brown, exposed brick. On these, there is a rectangular frame of black metal that, in the center, spells out “est. 1910”. The tall, red door on the very right differs in appearance from the others because the semi circle window that sits on top of it is covered by a half oval black sheeted covering that states “VIP” in big white letters, surrounded by 9 gold stars over the top of it. “Live nation” is spelt out beneath the acronym in thin white letters and at the bottom of the black sheet it reads “ENTRANCE” in much larger, white letters. All 5 red tall doors are blocked by a metal fence that takes the height of only half the door. These fences are kept in place by a metal rod that connects to the fence, and extends into the top of the first step. Each entrance to these doors also has a black pole, bent to half my height, leading up the stairs from the top of the bottom stair to the top of the third stair. To the right of the VIP entrance, the building indents a few feet back and there is another red double door, this one shorter and without the semi circle window on top. The left side of this double door had thenumber “1”, “5”, and “2” vertically stacked and hung up in gold. The right wall, made up of exposed brick, contained a gold call box and below, a silver number pad. This door also contained a metal fence, but this fence was open and pushed to the left. To the right of this door, there sat a double sided window. This window was framed by painted white wood and that wood also separated the two windows from each other. The windows contained signs like “No Smoking!” on yellow paper, “PLEASE NOTE!” in yellow and followed by upcoming policy changes, “Ask me about” sticker in blue in black, followed by a list of frequently asked questions, and a black and red show calendar themed with the colors of the venue.This window had a Marquee of its own that read “Will Call”vertically and “Box Office” horizontally. To the right of this window labeled ‘will call’, more exposed brick is displayed, but on top of it is a square chunk of white stone, engraved with “Baptist Tabernacle and Institute Building. 1910. Len G Broughton. Founder.” Since the front end of the Tabernacle is equally proportionate, the red door and window found at the right end are also found at the left end. The red door to the left of the building still had its metal gate extended and lacked the gold numbers that the right side had hung. The left window sat there, white, long, and rectangular, with metal gates stacked in front of it that were labeled “Tabernacle”. Above the main 5 doors and the Marquee of The Tabernacle, the building is covered by sets of long rectangular windows accompanied by small, square windows. Each set of these windows is separated by long, white pillars that each are covered in the peeling of their own paint. Beneath these pillars, the white color from the worn down paint is stained across the brow, exposed brick. 10 lights also sit at the bottom of these pillars, facing upwards, and colored brownish grey. At the very top of the building, the structure forms to a point above 2 windows that sit on top of another 5 windows, all separated from the original sets of windows and pillars.

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