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Avondale Estates

Avondale Estates Magnum
Eric Cash

Avondale Estates is known for its mock Tudor village of storefronts along College Avenue, the city's main drag. Veer off College towards Lake Avondale park, and you've left Shakespeare's England and turned into a bucolic scene from a Norman Rockwell painting, all of it inspired when George Francis Willis (the town's founding father) took a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, and returned to build a picture-perfect community. While Avondale's entertainment and nightlife offerings have been anchored (off and on) by the movie-house turned concert hall Avondale Towne Cinema, its recent closure suggests that Avondale is too close to Decatur?s active nightlife to support its own thriving scene. Nonetheless, Rail Arts District (RAD), staked out on a swathe of repurposed industrial warehouse terrain, has become a place of refuge for painters, pottery makers, glass blowers, and the like. It's home to various studios, galleries, and performance spaces, serving as the heart of Avondale's arts community.

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