Built in 1928, the Canton Apartments (now Crestwood) is a three story, brick English Renaissance style apartment building, with a central bay punctuated by an arched doorway and flanking wings highlighted by quoins. The arched entranceway contains a rounded broken pediment, which encircles the building’s crest. Above the entrance is applied ornamentation in the form of a swag.
Gardner Spencer and Associates designed this apartment building to follow a horizontal axis appearing more like an exclusive single-family residence than garden-style apartment complexes that were popular during the period. Thus, the building maintains visual continuity with the affluent community in which it resides. The project, along with other apartment buildings nearby, served as a buffer between the large residences in Buckhead's affluent neighborhoods and the rapid commercialization along Peachtree Road.
The Canton Apartments is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, the façade is protected in perpetuity through a preservation easement.
Photo credit: Buckhead Heritage
Article contributed by Steve Bare