By Ann Boutwell

Aug. 3, 2003: Krispy Kreme at 295 Ponce de Leon Ave. closed for retro renovation. Two months later the familiar red neon sign flashed “Hot Doughnuts Now,” once again. The doors reopened exactly at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday Oct. 7. Patrick Rudolph and four friends, in line since 6 p.m. on Monday received $500 for Project Open Hand, their favorite charity.

Aug. 4, 1919: Atlanta native Nellie Peters Black died following a brief illness. The visionary civic leader was a prime mover in the founding of the Children’s Ward at Grady Hospital and instrumental in convincing the trustees of the University of Georgia to agree to accept women students in 1918.

Aug. 8, 1997: Renowned architect Paul Marvin Rudolph, designer of Emory University’s award winning Cannon Chapel died. Ground was broken for the chapel on Aug. 30, 1979 by President Jimmy Carter. Cannon Chapel was consecrated on Sept. 30, 1981.

Aug. 12, 1968: Saks Fifth Avenue’s 28th store opened in Atlanta at Phipps Plaza. The building was designed with a shop-within-a-shop atmosphere, achieved by a pattern of cross aisles dividing the three floors into separate areas.

Aug. 18, 1939: The Wizard of Oz opened in Atlanta at the Loew’s Grand Theatre on Peachtree Street. The director was Victor Fleming, who also Gone With the Wind, which would premiere in December at Loew’s.

Aug. 21, 1924: The 12-story Wynne Claughton Building, later renamed the Carnegie, was issued a building permit for $800,000. Originally it was named for the two men who commissioned the building, Morgan TWynne and Ed N. Claughton, president and vice-president of the Wynne Realty Company, later named for the street and Atlanta Carnegie Library, which honored the steel magnate. The building is the future home of Hotel Indigo. Projected opening fall 2010.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.