Front View 2002
||John Wesley Dobbs Building /APEX Museum
141 Auburn Avenue
Sweet Auburn Historic District
Architectural Style: Renaissance Revival
Original Use: Functioned as a schoolbook depository; first
air conditioned building on Auburn Avenue.
Readaptive Use: APEX museum and quarters for the Southern
1940's- built? First air conditioned building on Auburn Avenue
to protect the school books. Named after John
Wesley Dobbs because of his strong belief in "bucks, ballots
and books" as a means to a way out of the social conditions
of his era.
1970's- Served as a tire warehouse.
1978- Dan Moore, Sr. was inspired to create an African American
museum that would celebrate the achievements of unsung heroes such
as Dr. Benjamin E. Mays and others. The APEX museum was organized,
an acronym for African American Panoramic Experience. This title
embodies the mission of the APEX - to interpret and present history
from an African American perspective and to provide its visitors
with a complete view in every direction of African American history
1985 to present- Restoration and re-adaptive use of the building
as a neighborhood museum. Serves the APEX and Southern Education
Partial content of above is from: http://www.apexmuseum.org/history.htm