And in this appreciation from the Editorial Page.
Not mentioned, but should be, is the significant role Malcolm Grear played in the transformation of the Jewelry District.
The unofficial JDA archivist explains: In his design work and teaching at RISD, Grear was a pioneer. And he had the inspiration (and daring) to take the first step that would change the District from an area of defunct manufacturing buildings to today's busy mixed-use business/residential neighborhood.
As the location for his new graphic design studio, he undertook the “re-purposing” of 391-393 Eddy St. Once a bakery wholesale supply house, it became the headquarters for Malcolm Grear Designers, a world-class design firm with a blue-chip list of clients, including the Atlanta 1996 Centennial Olympic games. It was the very first industrial property in the District to undergo what used to be called "recycling". Grear showed the way for the building resuscitation that has followed over the years.
Malcolm Grear Designers remains on Eddy Street, just across from where the transformation continues as the dead power plant becomes South Street Landing, a massive residential/university-office/nursing school complex.