Advocacy Alert: Petition to Save the Bell Building

August 21, 2015

The Bell Building, originally built in 1907 and located in historic downtown Atlanta, is at risk of being demolished.  The Atlanta Preservation Center has had the historic Bell Building on its Endangered List due to rumors that GSU was planning to demolish the building for parking.

The classical three-storied building served as Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company’s switchboard.  The building features a brick facade and simple detailing; it is often noted for its large windows on the street level. A 1922 addition housed the matching switching technology that brought with it a true dial tone. More information on the building and the proposed plans comes from the Creative Loafing article available here.

There is now a petition asking that the building be preserved. We would appreciate your support in signing this petition.


Historic preservation intersects with a daring WWII escape in August 13 lecture by author Ted Barris

August 5, 2015

Cover art for The Great Escape:  A Canadian Story by Ted BarrisHow does historic preservation intersect with a daring escape from Stalag Luft III, the WWII German prisoner-of-war compound? Find out Thursday, August 13 at 6:30 pm  when author Ted Barris joins us at the Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion for a discussion of his new book, The Great Escape:  A Canadian Story.  Mr. Barris will be in residence at the University of Georgia — Hargrett Rare Books & Manuscripts Library — for several days to research his next book.  Mr. Barris will expand on how his research brought him to Georgia, as well as how and why preservation is crucial to the work.  Historical research, historical architecture and the myriad of experiences and knowledge saved by preservation will also be highlighted in the discussion.

Mr. Barris is an award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster,  and a professor of journalism and broadcasting at Toronto’s Centennial College. His work has appeared widely in the Canadian national press and he is also known for multiple military history works. The following is an excerpt from his bio:

Barris is the author of 17 bestselling non-fiction books, including a series on wartime Canada: Juno: Canadians at D-Day, June 6, 1944Days of Victory: Canadians Remember 1939-1945Behind the Glory: Canada’s Role in the Allied Air WarDeadlock in Korea: Canadians at War, 1950-1953Victory at Vimy: Canada Comes of Age, April 9-12, 1917Breaking the Silence: Veterans’ Untold Stories from the Great War to Afghanistan … Last year, The Great Escape: A Canadian Story became another of his military history National Bestsellers.

Join us on Thursday, August 13 at 6:30 pm for this fascinating tale.

The Grant Mansion is located at 327 St. Paul Avenue SE, Atlanta 30312.  On street parking is available on St. Paul Avenue and Grant Street.

Reservations are not required.  This event is free and open to the public.