Phoenix Flies Feedback

March 26, 2014

Did you attend one or more of the 240 plus events that were a part of the Atlanta Preservation Center’s Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites? If your answer is yes, we hope that you will take a moment to complete a short online survey.

Here is the link to the survey.

By getting your feedback we can continue to grow and improve this unique program that celebrates Atlanta’s historic built environment and history.

Panelists for an AIA/ATL Event APC Member

March 25, 2014

On Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm, a panel discussion, Building Consensus in Real Estate & Design Communities: Historic Redevelopment and Preservation will be presented by AIA/ATL as a part of their Networking Women programing. The panel will include: Barbara Black, Regina Brewer, Valerie Edwards, Katherine Kelley and Mary Norwood. Betsy Riley editor for Atlanta magazine will serve as moderator.

Regina Brewer,one of the panelists,  is a long-time member and supporter of the Atlanta Preservation Center. She is the City of Decatur Historic Preservation Planner and has served as Chair of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, Board President for Easements Atlanta, Inc. and the Inman Park Neighborhood Association.

The discussion will take place at the offices of Gensler, 999 Peachtree St NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta GA 30309. The fee for attending is $20 payable at the door. Further information about the program is available at the AIA/ATL site.

Discover the legendary Crystal Palace at upcoming Georgia Tech lecture

March 24, 2014

Although Phoenix Flies has wrapped up another successful year, preservationists can still attend other preservation and history related events taking place across the city. One upcoming event is a half-day symposium on The Crystal Palace, an amazing building constructed to hold the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London. The Palace featured a controversial design and utilized construction techniques that were well ahead of its time.

Visit the Georgia Tech campus on April 5th to hear eight Georgia Tech speakers from several colleges and schools discuss this extraordinary building. Learn why the Crystal Palace was built, discover its designers and builders, the exhibits, its structure and internal environment and the innovative approach to the construction logistics.  Visitors will also be treated to a musical interlude. The symposium runs from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and will be held in the Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium. Admission and parking are free. For more information see the attached flyer or contact


APC’s Phoenix Flies Celebration – Coming to a Close

March 22, 2014

Tomorrow, Sunday, March 23 is the final day of the 2014 Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites. Even on the last day of this 16 day event, there are 11 events! Take a look at the calendar. The APC hopes you will find one to enjoy.

The final event of the Celebration will be an Open House at the LP Grant Mansion from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Join Boyd Coons, APC’s Executive Director, and the staff of the Atlanta Preservation Center for a tour of our antebellum home, a children’s history program, a photography exhibit and light refreshments. The Mansion is at 327 St Paul Ave SE, 30312.

With 12 new Preservation Partners, 240 events and nearly 6,000 opportunities for the public to enjoy and experience the value of Atlanta’s historic built environment, the 2014 Celebration has been marvelous. The Atlanta Preservation Center presents this festival to further our mission of promoting the preservation of Atlanta’s architecturally, historically and culturally significant buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes through education and advocacy.

Please let us know about your experience during the Celebration by taking this short survey. Also, if you are not already a member, won’t you consider becoming one? The Atlanta Preservation Center’s receive many benefits including news about preservation and a Phoenix Flies Celebration program delivered to their mailbox.

APC’s Phoenix Flies Celebration – Preservation Organizations to the North

March 21, 2014

During the Phoenix Flies Celebration, the Atlanta Preservation Center the welcomes many organizations and individual to showcase their work in preservation. On Saturday, March 22 there are two organizations with the primary mission of historic preservation. They of course are not in the North of the Nation but rather north of the center of the City.

At both 10:00 am and 12:00 pm, Buckhead Heritage Society will be giving tours of Sardis Church and Cemetery. The current church building on this site, 3725 Powers Ferry Rd NE, 30342, was complete in
1927 and is known to be the third building at the site to house the congregation which dates from 1869. Reservations are not required.

At 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm, the Georgia Trust will give docent led tours of Rhodes Hall. This historic home dating from 1904 was designed by Willis F. Denny for the Rhodes family. It is now serves as offices for the Trust and an events facility. Meet for theses tours on the front porch of Rhodes Hall, 1516 Peachtree St NW, 30309. Reservations are not required.

APC’s Phoenix Flies Celebration – Name That Site

Can you name the Atlanta Historic Site with the following in its history?

  • Queen Anne Victorian architectural style
  • Named after something that took up residence in a mailbox
  • Preserves African American folklore
  • Has been a house museum since 1913

If you answered the Wren’s Nest…an orange start for you!

The Wren’s Nest will be open Saturday, March 22 for house tours from 10:00 am until 2:30 pm. The Wren’s Nest Ramblers will weave their tales at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm. The historic home is located at 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, 30310. Reservations are not required for these events.

Be sure to visit another of the other Southwest Preservation Partners open on March 22. The Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St SW, 30310, will be open from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm for self-guided tours. This museum was once home to prominent Atlanta physician and arts patron Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds and now focuses on the preservation and presentation of art by artists of African descent.

Westview, 1680 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, 30310, will be open for self-guided tours from 10:00 am – 2:00pm. This cemetery is the resting place of many important Atlantans, the site of the Civil War Battle of Ezra Church and the largest private cemetery in the Southeast.

Here is the scoop on the clues:

This Queen Anne style of architecture was popular from 1880 to 1910. One of the features of this style, a dominant forward facing gable, can be seen on the Wren’s Nest and another important example of this style in Atlanta, the Peters House (now Ivy Hall).

The house was dubbed the Wren’s Nest more than 120 years ago because a wren made it nest in the mailbox. This still happens today, be sure to take a look during your visit.

The Wren’s Nest was home to Joel Chandler Harris from 1881 to 1908. Harris’ Uncle Remus tales were the most successful publication of Brer Rabbit stories. The majority of these stories were from Africa and developed through the oral history important to the enslaved Africans in the South.

After Harris’ death, the home became a house museum in 1913. It includes many family furnishings and gives a distinctive picture of what upper middle class living was like during the time the house was occupied by the Harris family. Noteworthy is the fact that the author’s bedroom has not been changed since the time of his death.

Civil War Historian Speaks on New Book “The Green and the Gray”

March 20, 2014

The Green and the Gray: The Irish in the Confederate States of America

A talk by author David Gleeson

Hosted by: The Atlanta Preservation Center in partnership with M.H. Mitchell, Inc.

When: Friday April 11th at 6 PM

Location: L.P. Grant Mansion 327 St. Paul Ave. Atlanta, GA

Why did many Irish Americans, who did not have a direct connection to slavery, choose to fight for the Confederacy? This perplexing question is at the heart of David T. Gleeson’s sweeping analysis of the Irish in the Confederate States of America. Taking a broad view of the subject, Gleeson considers the role of Irish southerners in the debates over secession and the formation of the Confederacy, their experiences as soldiers, the effects of Confederate defeat for them and their emerging ethnic identity, and their role in the rise of Lost Cause ideology.

Focusing on the experience of Irish southerners in the years leading up to and following the Civil War, as well as on the Irish in the Confederate army and on the southern home front, Gleeson argues that the conflict and its aftermath were crucial to the integration of Irish Americans into the South. Throughout the book, Gleeson draws comparisons to the Irish on the Union side and to southern natives, expanding his analysis to engage the growing literature on Irish and American identity in the nineteenth-century United States.

David T. Gleeson is a reader in American History at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

The Green and the Grey

$35.00 cloth (Copies will be available for purchase by check and cash only)

Publication date: September 2, 2013

For more information:

APC’s Phoenix Flies Celebration – Still Time to Celebrate!

March 19, 2014

It is day 12 of the 16-day Phoenix Flies Celebration and there are still nearly 100 events from now until Sunday afternoon.

Remaining events are listed here. Here are some highlights:

Westview Cemetery – this new Preservation Partner is open daily from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm for self-guided tours through Saturday, March 22, no reservations required. Guided tours are available at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm, reservations required contact:

Downtown On ThursdayBeginning with the Atlanta Urban Design Commission’s tour of Historic City Hall (68 Mitchell St SW, 30303) at 10:00 am there are three sites scheduled together in Downtown. Historic City Hall is followed by the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (48 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, 30303) at 12:45. Then the US General Services Administration will give guided tours of the Martin Luther King Jr Federal Building (77 Forsyth St SW, 30303) at 2:30 pm. Reservations are not required for these events.

Preservation Success – SCAD will be giving tours of Ivy Hall on Friday, March 21 at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Built for Edward C Peters in 1883 this house is now used as the college’s creative writing center. The Atlanta Preservation Center and the preservation community waged a seven-year battle for the preservation of this house that now is a valuable resource for the Atlanta community. Reservations are required for these events, contact 404-253-3206.

Saturday on the Northwest – Get a unique picture of the City’s northwest site with events from three Preservation Partners on Saturday, March 22. Meet for Howell Station Neighborhood Association’s Historic Howell Station Guided Walking Tour at Northwest Baptist Church (1150 Niles Ave NW, 30318). The next Preservation Partner, Collins United Methodist Church (2220 Bolton Road NW, 30318) will offer tours at 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. The third partner, Whittier Mill Village Neighborhood Association will present the Whittier Mill Home and School Tour from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (pick up maps at First Baptist Church of the Chattahoochee, 1950 Bolton Rd NW, 30318). Guests at Collins and Whittier Mill can visit either partner first. Reservations are not required for these events.

Historic Westside – For the last weekend of the Celebration the Historic Westside Cultural Arts Council will offer two events west of Downtown. On Saturday, March 22 at 2:00 pm, the Sunset Avenue Walking Tour will lead you through Atlanta’s most recently designated Historic District which was home to important Civil Rights leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Meet for this tour at the Hickman Student Center, 715 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW, 30314. On Sunday, March 23 at 2:00 pm, a lecture titled, The Black Church, will be followed by a walking tour of English Avenue and visits to 5 of the 22 churches in the neighborhood. Reservations are not required for these events.

APC’s Phoenix Flies Celebration – Bobby Jones’ Birthday

March 17, 2014

On March 17, 1902, Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones Jr. was born at the LP Grant Mansion, home of the Atlanta Preservation Center.

Bobby Jones is considered the most accomplished amateur golfer in history. He accomplished a “Grand Slam” in 1930 by winning all four major championships of the day in a single calendar year. He was known to exemplify the principals of sportsmanship and fair play. Jones’ life connected with many other important Atlanta historic sites including Capitol City Club, Druid Hills Country Club, East Lake Golf Club, Georgia Tech and his final resting place, Oakland Cemetery.

On Tuesday, March 18 at 11:00 am, Atlanta Preservation Center’s Education Director Paul Hammock will be giving a free guided tour of the LP Grant Mansion including the Bobby Jones Conference room as part of Phoenix Flies.

Meet for the tour at 327 St. Paul Ave SE, 30312. Reservations are not required.

APC’s Phoenix Flies Celebration – Wednesday Houses of Worship

Three beautiful houses of worship on Peachtree Street will open their doors for Phoenix Flies tours on Wednesday, March 19. Begin at 10:00 am at First Presbyterian Church, proceed north to Peachtree Christian Church at 12:30 pm and then cross the street to The Temple at 2:00 pm. These tours do not require reservations.

William Lyon, grandson of the church’s founding pastor, will greet you at First Presbyterian Church (1328 Peachtree St NE, 30309). The congregation dates from 1848 and held its first service in this sanctuary designed by Atlanta architects E.C. Wachendorf and W.T. Dowing in 1915.  Tiffany, Willet and D’Ascenzo stained glass graces the structure.

The Gothic Revival style sanctuary of Peachtree Christian Church (1580 Peachtree St NE, 30309) offers a bit of Scotland’s Melrose Abbey in Atlanta. When the church was built between 1925 and 1928, the Abbey was used as a model. The bright sanctuary is enhanced by Glasby of London stained glass and organ pipes in both the front and rear.

The Temple’s (1589 Peachtree St NE, 30309) floor plan is modeled after King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem and the sanctuary includes materials from the congregation’s two prior locations. That which began in 1867 as the Hebrew Benevolent Society, Atlanta’s first official Jewish organization, is a thriving congregation that engaged Philip Trammell Shutze to design this Classical structure in 1930.