APC’s Phoenix Flies Celebration – Four Ts

February 28, 2014

Tech, Tower, Tuesday and Thursday – During the first week of Phoenix Flies,  Georgia Tech’s Living History Program Director Marilyn Somers will give the opportunity to learn about both the oldest part of the University’s campus and one of its newest programs.

On Tuesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 13 at 11:00 am Ms. Somers will lead Tech Tower Storytelling which will re-count the history of the Tech Tower and the school’s early history. The Tower, with its iconic red letters, was constructed in 1887 as the original campus building. Classes began there in October 1888. The local press at the time described the building as “a splendid edifice.” It has been repurposed many times in its 127 years but remains the historic core of the school.

Following these tours at 12:00 pm, you can continue with Tech Sculpture Garden Tour to learn about the Tech campus, its history and current work with a docent led tour of the Tech sculpture garden, located on the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons and the Tech Tower Lawn.

These events do not require reservations. Young preservationist age of 10 and above are welcome.


Phoenix Flies Events Live!

February 24, 2014

All 230+ events of the 2014 Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites are now posted! It is time to make your plans and reservations. This year’s Celebration is going to be wonderful!

Here is a link to the Phoenix Flies page on the APC website.

The Atlanta Preservation Center’s A Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites will be March 8-23, 2014. This unique annual program includes hundreds of free events throughout Atlanta. The Celebration includes guided walking tours, bicycle tours, exhibits, lectures and interactive children’s activities.

At a time when our Nation is commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, it is important to recognize what has occurred in Atlanta since this event. Atlanta was sited in 1837 to serve as a hub for railroads and because of this was assured by geography to be a place of growth and expansion. At the end of the War in 1865, over half of the City had been burned and its infrastructure destroyed.  Nonetheless, in 1868, it became the State’s Capitol and by the end of Reconstruction in 1877 was physically much larger than its pre-War boundaries.  We now have well over 100 years of buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes which are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and worthy of preservation and celebration.

All events of the Celebration are offered on a first-come, first-served basis but many events require reservations. The Celebration schedule and event information is available here.

To produce the celebration, the Atlanta Preservation Center (APC) coordinates the efforts of what are referred to as Preservation Partners. These organizations, business and individuals care for and promote historic sites in the City. Preservation Partners are not charged a fee to participate. The APC raises all funds necessary to produce and publicize the event with private donations, sponsorships and grants. The Celebration began in 2003 as a way to mark the 25th anniversary of the saving of the Fox Theatre, an event that is used to mark the beginning of Atlanta’s preservation movement. The first Phoenix Flies featured 40 events and 16 Preservation Partners. For the 11th Celebration the program is 240 events and 83 Preservation Partners strong. The Celebration continues to grow as the public learns of the importance and pleasure of preserving Atlanta’s historic fabric.

The APC is the City’s private non-profit preservation organization. Its mission is to promote the preservation of Atlanta’s architecturally, historically and culturally significant buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes through education and advocacy.


Atlanta Preservation Center supports HB 308 “Georgia Prosperity Through Preservation Act” bill

February 6, 2014

On February 6th the Atlanta Preservation Center wrote the representatives sponsoring a bill in the 2014 Georgia Assembly that would amend Georgia’s Historic Rehabilitation Investment Incentive. The proposed bill would strengthen the state historic tax credit program by increasing the per-project cap from $300,000 to $5 million for income-producing buildings and allowing credits to be transferred to qualified investors and institutions with Georgia tax liability.  Read more about the proposed legislation in our previous post and see our letter below. Please contact your area representative to support this beneficial legislation.

2014.02.06 Ltr to Reps supporting HB308


Decatur Old House Fair

February 5, 2014

On Saturday, February 8, 2014, the City of Decatur, in partnership with the Georgia Historic Preservation Division, will hold the sixth annual Decatur Old House Fair. This annual celebration features industry experts offering fresh ideas, practical advice, innovative materials, and quality services for owners of older homes. This year’s theme, Form Follows Function, explores the relationship between home improvement and historic charm through an exciting array of DIY, Sustainable Living, Maintenance, and Renovation tracks. Homeowners get the latest “green updates” and renovation ideas for kitchens and baths, attend seminars and workshops on restoring windows and repairing plaster, and much more! The Fair also includes a large exhibit hall of professionals, retailers, and suppliers specializing in home improvement, historic preservation, and interior furnishings.

Exhibit area opens at 9 a.m.; seminars begin at 10 a.m. Some of the topics include:

  • Historic Wood Window hands-on restoration workshops
  • Researching Your House History
  • Plaster Repair
  • Creating a Maintenance Plan for Your House
  • The Smart Home
  • The Big Flush! A Q&A on Plumbing Pitfalls in Older Homes.
  • The ‘Goldilocks’ Chair: Selecting Right-Sized Furniture for your Older Home
  • Storm Windows for Old Houses
  • The American Small House
  • The American Small House: Sensitive Additions
  • Lunch and Learn: Painting 101 and Choosing Interior and Exterior Paint Colors
  • Historic Tree Care and Maintenance
  • Reviving Old House Chimneys and Fireplaces
  • The Architecture of and Career Leila Ross Wilburn, Georgia’s Second Woman Architect
  • Aging in Place
  • Energy Efficiency Updates for Older Homes
  • In Over My Head! DIY or Hire a Pro: How to Know
  • Spending Money Wisely: Saving Money and Financing Dream Projects
  • Period Kitchens for Older Homes
  • Insuring Your Historic Home

The Decatur Old House Fair will be held on February 8, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at 130 Clairemont Avenue in downtown Decatur. For a complete seminar schedule, exhibitor details, and ticket information, visit www.DecaturOldHouseFair.com.  Get instant updates on Facebook and on Twitter @DecaturOldHouse.   Tickets are $10 when purchased in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets. Watch for special discounts from Groupon!