Margaret Mitchell called it "The Dump." And in its current state, the apartment where she wrote much of "Gone With The Wind" shows the effects of care by those who, frankly, couldn't give a damn.

The three-story brick and stucco building sits in the middle of a muddy lot in midtown Atlanta. Its windows are broken or boarded, its roof is sunken and torn, its walls are sooty.

But a group with $850,000 in financial backing wants to save the 74-year-old building, saying it represents possibly the last chance for Atlanta to properly honor one of its most celebrated residents.

Mitchell and her husband, John Marsh, rented a first-floor apartment at what was then called Windsor House Apartments from 1926 to 1932. She was killed in a 1949 automobile accident 13 years after her epic novel of the Old South and Reconstruction was published.