The Tuttle Building

One of the reasons I love the Fairlie-Poplar district in downtown Atlanta is the plethora of unique and historical buildings.  And one of my favorite buildings is the Elbert P. Tuttle U.S. Court of Appeals Building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

Elbert Parr Tuttle was a circuit court judge known for handling many civil rights cases in the 1950's and 1960's, but prior to that he served in both World War I and II.  What impresses me is that during WWII he refused the safety of a desk job and chose to serve with the men of his army reserve unit.  He went on to see so much active combat that it is amazing he made it out alive.  (You can read more details of Tuttle's life here.)   

After the war, he worked politically with with Republicans, because he opposed segregation and felt that the segregationist view was held mainly by Southern Democrats.   In 1954, he was appointed as judge for the US Court of Appeals on the heels of Brown v. Board of Education.  Tuttle served in the hotbed of civil rights issues.     

The U.S. Court of Appeals Building was named in Tuttle's honor in 1989.  This building was designed by James Knox Taylor in the Second Renaissance Revival style of architecture and was completed in 1910.  I love to look at the beauty of its construction and hope to one day tour the building inside.