467 Edgewood is an historic property, originally built in 1899, with subsequent work on the building structure in 1912. It is listed on the Historic American Buildings Survey as an historic building of significance. Link to the Historic American Buildings Survey record for 467 Edgewood
The Brown-Hayes department store stands in the commercially active Edgewood Avenue area, which was second only to Auburn Ave. as the center of black business and social activities. The store and other businessess and churches along Edgewood Avenue comprise the southern border of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic site. Edgewood Avenue was an important E-W Transportation route from downtown Atlanta to the city's eastern residences.
Constructed by G.W.Foot Builders, the store was built in two stages. The two-story portion on the corner of Edgewood Ave. & Boulevard was built just before the turn of the century. The one story building that surrounds the first structure was completed in1912.
Both were owned by the Brown family between 1920 & 1955 and served as a department store even under different ownership. In 1970, Propes Furniture Store moved into the single-story structure. Later it was a local grocery store's warehouse.
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THE FUTURE OF EDGEWOOD AVENUE:
The Edgewood Historic District in the Old Fourth Ward has become a vibrant community of diverse businesses and entertainment ranging from restaurants, coffee houses, lounges and live venues. With plans to add more residences and several new restaurants & bars in the near future, there has never been a better time to be a part of the O4W community.
The Beltline has directly affected this rejuvenated neighborhood, bringing many new businesses and customers. The recent focus in this area from the Atlanta police department has ensured a safer and more walkable neighborhood. The future of Edgewood Avenue promises to restore the former glory of this thriving business community.