Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Moor You Look, The Moor You See

Fox Theater, Atlanta, Georgia  © Doug Hickok

On our road trip, we saw Hemingway and Dali in Ohio, Van Gogh in Alabama, a knight in shining armor in Kentucky, and the sinking Titanic in Tennessee, so it is not too surprising that we saw a Moorish mosque in Georgia. In fact, this is the famous Fox Theater of Atlanta. Conceived as a Shriner's temple in the 1920's, the Fabulous Fox was ultimately fashioned into a renown movie palace, which thrived through the 1930's and 40's. In recent decades, it has served as a performing arts venue, and the center piece of the surrounding historic district. If you look closely you will notice the beautiful ornate detailing of the facade and arcade, reminiscent of Moorish architecture.

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