Phoenix Flies Featured in InTown!

February 28, 2013

The Atlanta Preservation Center thanks the editor and staff of Atlanta InTown for being a sponsor and for featuring the Phoenix Flies on its front page!

An article on page four of the March 2013 issue lists several  highlights of this year’s celebration and includes two images from the Anniversary Photography Project.

The March issue of Atlanta Intown will be on newsstands tomorrow. The digital version of the issue is available here.

A special thanks goes to Editor Collin Kelly for leading with Phoenix Flies during his monthly spot on AM1690. AM1690 is another of this year’s media sponsors for the APC’s Phoenix Flies Celebration.

Turn-of-the-Century Satellite Location

February 27, 2013

"Old Log Cabin Church" by David Yoakley Mitchell

On the first Sunday in June 1912, the Log Cabin Union Sunday School was founded so that worshipers did not have to manage the difficult streetcar ride to Atlanta or Marietta. This site has served as a community worship center since that time. The original small log cabin was joined by a reception hall in 1948 and a stone chapel in 1949.

Log Cabin Community Church is a new Preservation Partner and will be open from 12:30 pm until 3:00 pm all three Sundays of Phoenix Flies: March 10, 17 and 24, 2013

For more information click here.


HerStories at South-View

February 25, 2013

Image by Terrell Clark

Historic South-View Preservation Foundation cares for Historic South-View Cemetery. It was founded in 1886 by formerly enslaved African Americans under the premise that a dignified burial place should be available for all. From its inception, its hallowed grounds have carried no restriction as to race, creed or religious affiliation, as did many Southern cemeteries operating during the time of its founding.

On Saturday, March 23 at 11:00 am, DL Henderson and the Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia will give a tour that visits the grave sites of remarkable women interred at South-View including Jennie C. Williams, grandmother of Martin Luther King Jr., and Adrienne Herndon, Shakespearean actress.

Click here for more details.



Downtown Thursdays

February 23, 2013

During the two Thursdays of Phoenix Flies you can enjoy a tour of Historic City Hall offered by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission and then a visit to a beautiful house of worship, Central Presbyterian on March 14 or Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on March 21.


Historic City Hall by John Dean

Historic City Hall –AtlantaUrban Design Commission

Thursdays, March 14 & 21, 10:00 am –68 Mitchell St SW, 30309

Reservations Not Required

Situated on land that was previously used as headquarters by General Sherman in 1864, byOglethorpeUniversityand by both Atlanta Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools,HistoricCity Hallwas designed by G. Lloyd Preacher and built in 1930. Its Neo-Gothic style sets the stage for the Atlanta Urban Design Commission’s tour each Phoenix Flies. The Commission’s staff and commissioners are imperative to the preservation ofAtlanta’s historic and cultural sites.


Central Presbyterian

Thursday, March 14, 12:30 pm -201 Washington St SE, 30303

Central Presbyterian by Rob Simmons

Reservations Not Required

Central Presbyterian Church is located in the center of Downtown. Its English Gothic sanctuary was built in 1885; its congregation dates from 1858. The exquisite sanctuary is still graced by its original stained glass, wainscoting and plaster walls. The beauty of this structure endures as does its congregation’s service to the needs of the poor and oppressed.


Catholic Shine of the Immaculate Conception by Rob Simmons

Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Fridays, March 15 & 22 & Thursday, March 21, 12:45 pm –48 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr, 30303

Reservations Not Required

Founded in 1848, the Shrine is the first Catholic Church in the City ofAtlanta. The high marble altar was dedicated in 1880 and still serves as the focal point of the sanctuary. Restorations after a 1982 fire uncovered the crypt of Thomas O’Reilly who in 1864 keptShermanfrom burning the Shrine and several other churches and buildings in the heart ofAtlanta.


For more Decennial Phoenix Flies Events click here.


Anniversary Photography Project

February 22, 2013

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Phoenix Flies: A City-Wide Celebration of Living Landmarks, the Atlanta Preservation Center commissioned new work from eight Atlanta-area photographers: Shelia Pree Bright, Terrell Clark, John Dean, Stephanie Dowda, Jody Fausett, Jeff Keesee, David Yoakley Mitchell and Rob Simmons.

These artists created a body of more than 80 images. Their new looks at old places in Atlanta are being used in the Phoenix Flies program, on the APC website, and in an exhibition and a commemorative art book.

For the exhibit, a select group of this work will be on display in the Drawing Room Gallery at the APC’s office in the LP Grant Mansion and available for purchase during the Decennial Phoenix Flies.

Events related to this project include:

  • Opening Friday, March 8, 2013 from 5:30 pm until 9:00 pm,
  • Gallery Hours Monday – Friday, March 11 through 15 and March 18 through 22 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm
  • Open Houses Saturday, March 16 from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm and Sunday, March 24 from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm.

All of these events take place at the Atlanta Preservation Center/LP Grant Mansion,327 St. Paul Ave SE, Atlanta GA 30312.


February 21, 2013

"View from the Shoupade" by David Yoakley Mitchell

Shoupade – what is it, where is it? Here is a view from a Soupade by preservationist, artist and APC member David Yoakley Mitchell. These earthen defenses were part of the Chattahoochee River Line. Learn about Soupades and the  during Phoenix Flies from new Preservation Partner River Line Historic Area.

This event requires reservations. Click the links to get details.

Saturday, March 16, 11:30 am

Saturday, March 16, 12:30 pm

Sunday, March 17, 2:00 pm

Sunday, March 17, 3:00 pm

Saturday, March 23, 11:30 pm

Saturday, March 23, 12:30 pm

Sunday, March 24, 2:00 pm

Sunday, March 24, 3:00 pm