Join us October 5 for an artist talk and opening reception by photographer David Knox

September 28, 2017

The Atlanta Preservation Center welcomes photographer David Knox, a participating artist with the Atlanta Celebrates Photography festival, for an artist talk and exhibition of his new work, Ritual and Ruin: Tableaux of a Lost War.

This exhibit is juxtaposed with the Atlanta Preservation Center’s and the Atlanta History Center’s permanent exhibit at the L. P. Grant Mansion: Preserved on Glass.

Join us at the L. P. Grant Mansion on Thursday, October 5 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The artist will lead a discussion of his work at 6:15 p.m., with an open house to follow. Refreshments will be provided.

Admission is free; reservations are required. Please contact us at (404) 688-3353 for reservations.

The L. P. Grant Mansion is located at 327 St. Paul Avenue SE, Atlanta 30312. Due to limited parking availability, carpooling, rideshares and alternative transit are encouraged.  On-street parking is available on St. Paul Avenue and Grant Street. ADA parking and access can be reached via APC’s Orleans Street drive.

About the Exhibition:

In Ritual and Ruin: Tableaux of a Lost War, Knox uses a sample of photography from the Library of Congress and his own images to create surreal collages of 19th-century American battlefields and ruins. The black and white photographic works evoke early photographic methods, such as the Daguerreotype, tintype and the wet-collodion method.

For more information on the show and Atlanta Celebrates Photography, visit:

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Join us January 26 for a presentation on Richard Chenoweth’s Historic Beersheba Springs.

January 12, 2017


On January 26, as a preview to the spring trip April 27-30 to Beersheba Springs, Monteagle and Sewanee, the Atlanta Preservation Center is pleased to offer a presentation by Richard Chenoweth, AIA.

Mr. Chenoweth is a nationally recognized architect and artist who has created an architectural documentation of the extraordinary 1855-1860 resort at Beersheba Springs, Tennessee. The complex at Beersheba Springs is based on the classic Virginia Springs of the early 19th century.  This remarkable project is an excellent example of research and documentation of historic resources using hand and digital techniques, of a very special place in Tennessee history. 

Join us at the Grant Mansion on Thursday, January 26 from  6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. to learn more about this unique excursion.  Refreshments will be served.

About Our Speaker:

Richard Chenoweth has distinguished himself as both an architect and artist.  He won an international design competition for the entry canopies of the Washington DC Metro system, of which 30 have been built.  He won the Gabriel Prize in 2001 for the study of French architecture, a three-month sabbatical for drawing and studying 18th century buildings.  Mr. Chenoweth has also completed fellowship work for the Curator of the Capitol which involved a complete digital recreation of Jefferson and Latrobe’s original US Capitol Building, which was destroyed in the war of 1812.  He was also the chief illustrator for Cottage Living Magazine from 2004-2008.  You can see some of his research at his website:

The L. P. Grant Mansion is located at 327 St. Paul Avenue SE, Atlanta 30312.  On-street parking is available on St. Paul Avenue and Grant Street.  ADA parking and access can be reached via APC’s Orleans Street drive.

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

Information Session on the 2016 APC Member Excursion to Historic Lynchburg and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

January 29, 2016

Poplar Forest

Photo: Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Join us on Tuesday, February 2, 2016  from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm for a  presentation by Sergei Troubetzkoy on the sites and attractions featured in APC’s upcoming June 2016 donor excursion.  Refreshments will be served from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm; the lecture will immediately follow.  Reservations are not required.  This event is free and open to the public.  

A special benefit to APC members at the Building Block level ($125 and above) is eligibility to participate in donor trips to unique historic places.  Prior trips have included Stratford Hall and the Northern Neck of Virginia to visit historic sites dating back to the Colonial period.  In 2016 guests will be traveling to historic Lynchburg, VA to visit Thomas Jefferson’s “Poplar Forest” home, multiple historic districts and cemeteries, Appomattox Court House, the historic “Point of Honor” and many other exciting sites.

Mr. Troubetzkoy is the Director of Tourism for the city of Lynchburg, Virginia.  He is a noted author and lecturer on Virginia’s historic attractions, as well as 19th Century American Silver and Cast Iron.  He is also one of the founders of the Historic Blandford Cemetery Association in Petersburg, VA and has written extensively on the ironwork in Petersburg.

For information on joining the Atlanta Preservation Center or upgrading your existing membership, please visit our website or call us at (404) 688-3353.

Point of Honor

Photo: Point of Honor/Lynchburg Museum Foundation

Historic Sandusky Lynchburg Civil War Sesquicentennial
Photo: Historic Sandusky Foundation


APC hosts Tim Keane for an evening of discussion

November 19, 2015

Join us at the Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion at 6:30 pm on Monday, November 23, when Tim Keane, the new Commissioner of Planning and Community Development for the City of Atlanta, visits us to speak on the importance of preservation, touching on the historic portraits of City Hall.

Mr. Keane spent 11 years running the planning department for the City of Charleston, SC, including preservation, sustainability, urban design, planning and code enforcement. Prior to Charleston, Keane served as the first planning director for the town of Davidson, NC. He has an undergraduate degree in Planning and a graduate degree in Architecture from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte; he was also a Knight Fellow aTim Keane, Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Community Development, City of Atlanta the University of Miami, School of Architecture.

The Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion is located at 327 St. Paul Avenue SE, Atlanta 30312. On street parking is available on St. Paul Avenue and Grant Street. ADA parking and access can be reached via APC’s Orleans Street drive.

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

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.

Trio Laundry- Final Installment of APC’s Preservation Month Lecture Series

May 20, 2015

Airing Your Dirty Laundry: 
Social Media and How We Saved the Trio Building
by Matthew Garbett and Kyle Kessler
6:30 L.P. Grant Mansion Thursday May 21st

This lecture will discuss the use of social media and highly visible protest tactics in the use of saving a historic building. To be discussed: how you transform social media into an active community platform for results, turning likes into action.

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.

APC Preservation Month Lecture Series- The Atlanta Cyclorama: The Forgotten History of a National Treasure

May 12, 2015

Dr. Gordon L. Jones, Military Historian and Curator, will present the fascinating story of this national treasure and answer all your questions about how the 18,000 square-foot artifact will be moved to the Atlanta History Center and restored to its original splendor.

6:30 PM Thursday May 14th 

L.P. Grant Mansion

327 St. Paul Avenue Atlanta, GA

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

Two interesting facts about the Atlanta Cyclorama you may not know:

  • There were two “Battle of Atlanta” cycloramas painted in Milwaukee in 1886.
  • Today it is not the largest oil painting in the world, but it is the one of the most intact.

Good News for the Rufus Rose Mansion

May 4, 2015

The Atlanta Preservation Center is pleased to report that we have been working with the owner of the Rufus Rose Mansion on Peachtree Street, Gholam Bakhtiari and his daughter and facility manager, Liliana Bakhtiari on their plan to rehabilitate the structure for potential use as a coffee shop, non-profit/ local business incubator and venue space.  The most immediate concern is emergency patching of the roof.  Kyle Kessler, Tom Little and the APC have been providing documentation and advice to help gain approval from the City for the work.    Liliana Bakhtiari states,

“The APC has been a guiding light in not only educating me on the brilliant history of the Rufus Rose house, but also in navigating the system and resources that will help me save the wonderful history that is this beautiful home.  Both Paul and Boyd’s patience and time have been invaluable and I am very grateful.”

The structure is in tremendous shape and we believe Rufus Rose has a real chance to not only survive, but flourish with its potential adaptive reuse.

APC and M.H. Mitchell’s 2013 A Rose on Peachtree exhibition.                                                                         The Rufus Rose Mansion was added to the APC’s Endangered List in 2007.

APC Preservation Month Lecture Series- Presonomics

April 30, 2015





What’s the best argument in favor of historic preservation? How do you win over developers, government officials, and property owners? Come join this discussion as Clint Tankersley and Professor Ryan Rowberry contend that economics should be a preservation advocate’s lead argument. They will discuss their motivations for establishing Presonomics (a new nonprofit focused solely on promoting the economic benefits of saving historic places) and the work they are doing to streamline preservation advocacy.

Wednesday, May 6th
7 PM at the L.P. Grant Mansion
327 St. Paul Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30312

No reservations required

For more information on Presonomics visit their website at