Since 2010 I have been documenting the transformation of an architectural landmark in Atlanta, Georgia. Ponce City Market was originally built as a Sears, Roebuck & Company distribution warehouse in 1926. Considered a home for thousands of workers for decades, the building eventually was underutilized and fell into disrepair. For a time, it seemed as if a date with the wrecking ball was inevitable. Upon learning that the building would be completely renovated, I was granted permission to photograph the construction process. From the massive to the mundane, I set out to capture the steps taken to bring the building back from the brink of ruin to become a permanent home and destination for a new generation.
Blake Burton is an architect and photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. His ongoing project “Ponce City Market” has offered rare, behind the scenes views of one of the largest adaptive reuse projects in the United States. Spanning five years, the documentary project has been featured in publications such as Oxford American, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and was a finalist for the 2015 Critical Mass Top 50. In late 2013 he held his first solo exhibition featuring a selection of “Ponce City Market” photos inside the building itself. Burton graduated from Georgia Tech in 2009 with a masters degree in architecture.