City sells historic Inman Park Trolley Barn to nonprofit

Courtesy Inman Park Trolley Barn
Courtesy Inman Park Trolley Barn

The Inman Park Trolley Barn on Edgewood Avenue will be sold to the nonprofit corporation that has maintained and cared for the historic facility for decades. The Trolley Barn will continue to be used as an events facility, according to a press release from the city.

Atlanta and Edgewood Street Railway Company (AESRC) will acquire and preserve the Inman Park Trolley Barn site, which consists of approximately 0.77 acres, from Invest Atlanta for a purchase price of $650,000.

The non-profit consists of community residents and was formed in the 1970s at a time when the building had slid into decay and disrepair. Prodded by urban pioneers in the reviving neighborhood, the City of Atlanta purchased the building in 1976 and in conjunction with the newly organized Atlanta & Edgewood Street Railway Company (a name borrowed from the original 19th century company that operated out of the facility), and began a restoration program which was completed in 1987.

“I am thrilled that longtime Inman Park residents and advocates for the Trolley Barn will be able to continue their stewardship of this extraordinary historic structure and contemporary event space as its new owners,” said Councilmember Kwanza Hall, who sponsored legislation earlier this year that allowed the city to initiate the sale through its development arm, Invest Atlanta.

“This is a very exciting time for Inman Park. The Trolley Barn is an important part of Inman Park’s and Atlanta’s history,” said AESRC president Steve Hayes.

The Trolley Barn was built in 1889 as a maintenance facility for Atlanta’s first electric-powered trolley line that ran down Edgewood Avenue from Five Points to Inman Park.

“The importance of the Trolley Barn to the Inman Park neighborhood cannot be overemphasized. Not only does it serve as our own historic civic center, but it is a constant reminder of the impact that neighbors working together, in collaboration with City government, can have on our quality of life,” said Dennis Mobley, President of the Inman Park Neighborhood Association.

“In the 1970s the Trolley Barn had become so dilapidated, it was about to collapse. Energetic Inman Park neighbors, together with committed public servants, rescued the building and restored it to its original beauty. Inman Park neighbors have been operating it ever since as a charming event venue open to the public at reasonable prices,” Mobley said. “Under their ownership, the Barn will be lovingly preserved as a community asset for many years to come.”