Moving Around Town in Downtown: GSU’s Earliest Locations (1914-1955)

Early locations of Georgia State University

Ever wonder where Georgia State University was headquartered during its early years? The first class met at Georgia Tech, but in 1914 the school relocated to downtown Atlanta, where it then moved from one building to another. Early records are sketchy, but these downtown locations can now be mapped.

To experience a progressive and interactive tour through times past, click on the image to the left. You will be transported to a “live” map that allows you to

  • click on each location GSU occupied through the years,
  •  see a historic photo of that location,
  • learn about GSU during that time, and
  • view the photo superimposed (fade in, fade out*) on a modern, explorable street view of that place now.

The tour will lead you from 1914, when the young school became physically separate from the Georgia Tech campus, to 1955, when Georgia State became operationally independent from the University of Georgia.

Want to further explore Georgia State University’s early history? See the following:

*  To fade in/out, use the vertical scroll bar in the bottom center of Historypin.
Special thanks to Peter Roberts, whose technological expertise made this virtual tour possible.
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8 Responses to Moving Around Town in Downtown: GSU’s Earliest Locations (1914-1955)

  1. Thanks for sharing the history of GSU, now only I know how the old GSU looks like, and the picture itself is full of old memories kind of feel 🙂

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  2. Dr. David Smith, Jr. says:

    Great info: I would recommend that you start the tour in 1913 and include our first location: Lyman Hall (which was the Chemistry Building for Georgia Tech), which was our home on the campus of Georgia Tech. The building is still being used today and houses their Institutional Research Office, Finance Office, and other administrative units. It is right next to the Georgia Tech Stadium and to their Student Success Center. It is still a beautiful building. It would be great if we could put a plaque on the building or on one of the walls (the second floor of the building was used for the schools first classes as the Evening School of Commerce).

    Dr. Smith
    Author: Georgia State University History

  3. Laurel Bowen says:

    Dr. Smith,
    Thank you so much for your suggestion.
    1914 and 1955 were chosen because they are defining moments in the creation of a unique identity for GSU: relocation to downtown Atlanta (1914) and institutional independence (1955).
    The place that GSU first occupied in downtown Atlanta–the Walton Building (Walton St. NW at Cone)–is also still standing. It would be awesome to put a plaque on that building too!
    Laurel Bowen
    Georgia State University Archivist

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