A Guide To Atlanta Architecture

January 11, 2011 1:42 PM

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There are some surprising firsts in Atlanta architecture. Read on to learn about some of Atlanta’s most historic and architecturally-relevant buildings.
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Fulton Public Library

269 Buckhead Avenue
Atlanta, Ga. 30305
(404) 814-3500
www.afplweb.com

Designed by Marcel Breuer, a participant in the innovative Bauhaus Movement, the Fulton Public Library reopened in it’s present-day home on Buckhead Avenue in May 1980. Breuer was unable to attend the opening, and died a year later, in 1981 at the age of 81. The building boasts a striking black slate exterior with sharp but not unwelcoming angles.

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The Fox Theatre

660 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Ga. 30308
(404) 881-2100
www.foxtheatre.org

Tiffany chandeliers, meticulously hand-painted frescos and ornate ceiling fixtures transport you back in time at the historic, beloved Fox Theatre. Here is an example of art deco architecture at its best, and the Fox doesn’t skimp on sound, either – the acoustics in this building offer some of the finest sound in the world. The Fox Theatre shows everything from hip-hop to opera.

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High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Ga. 30309
(404) 733-4444
www.high.org

The High Museum of Art, housed in an immaculate frosted white building designed by the world-renowned architect Richard Meier, makes an impressive statement next to the older-world brick buildings surrounding it. The High has more than 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection, significant holdings of European paintings and a growing collection of modern art and photography.

Atlanta Flatiron Building

84 Peachtree Street
(between Peachtree, Broad and Poplar Streets)
Atlanta, Ga. 30303
www.atlantaflatiron.com

The Flatiron building in New York is probably more famous than its Atlanta counterpart, but who knew Atlanta’s flatiron building predates the one in NYC by five years? Completed in 1897, the Flatiron is Atlanta’s oldest-standing skyscraper built by Bradford Gilbert, a contemporary of the designer of New York’s Flatiron. The building is open to the public during normal business hours.

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Ivy Hall

179 Ponce de Leon Avenue
Atlanta, Ga. 30308
(404) 253-2332
www.artofrestoration.org

Located on the campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Ivy Hall is thought to be the best representation of the Queen Anne-Victorian architectural style currently existing in the state of Georgia. The 4,339-square foot building has been fully restored and is open for tours on Fridays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. In addition, SCAD opens Ivy Hall to the public for many lectures and workshops by world-renowned authors and journalists. During the summer, the gardens at Ivy Hall are used for public concerts in its gardens.

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