Centuries of Ponce (So Far)
The naturally flowing water is thought to have healing qualities, and Atlantans to flock to Ponce de Leon Springs for rest and rejuvenation.
Ponce de Leon Amusement Park is built on the site of the springs and gardens and becomes one of Atlanta's most popular attractions.
Minor league baseball team the Atlanta Crackers begins play in the new Ponce de Leon Baseball Park. By 1919, the stadium is also home to the American Negro League until the 1950s.
Sears, Roebuck & Co. builds its massive store and warehouse next to rail lines on Ponce de Leon Avenue as the catalog store's distribution point for the southeast.
Sears closes operations in 1989, and the city of Atlanta purchases the building and converts it to offices as City Hall East.
Atlanta-based Jamestown, also owner of Chelsea Market in New York, buys the historic structure and consults with neighborhood residents about best uses for the building.
As the Southeast’s largest adaptive reuse project Ponce City Market reinvents the former Sears, Roebuck & Co. building as a vibrant community hub housing the Central Food Hall, a blend of local and national retailers, offices, and The Flats, all while pointing back to the roots of the building’s inception.
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