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:
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: www.mostbeautifulroom.com.
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
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.
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 a 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.
Historic preservation intersects with a daring WWII escape in August 13 lecture by author Ted Barris
August 5, 2015
How 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, 1944 … Days of Victory: Canadians Remember 1939-1945 … Behind the Glory: Canada’s Role in the Allied Air War … Deadlock in Korea: Canadians at War, 1950-1953 … Victory at Vimy: Canada Comes of Age, April 9-12, 1917 … Breaking 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.
Author Lori Eriksen Rush brings “House Proud: A Social History of Atlanta Interiors” to APC on September 18
September 3, 2014
Please join us at the Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion at 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 18, when author Lori Eriksen Rush offers a glimpse into the homes of Atlanta’s Victorian Age in her new book: House Proud: A Social History of Atlanta Interiors, 1880-1919. Though told within the context of the Victorian era, this story of the Atlanta home has a message that transcends its historical period. It suggests timeless truths about the concept of home that may help us to understand ourselves and the lives we live today.
The Grant Mansion is located at 327 St. Paul Avenue SE, Atlanta GA 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 for this event.
May 14, 2014
The Atlanta Preservation Center will open its doors Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, to participate in the Grant Park Neighborhood Association’s 40th Annual Tour of Homes. The tour, “A Stroll Through Time,” allows visitors to follow the evolution of the Grant Park neighborhood as it guides guests through sites in order-from the oldest to the newest. Sites featured include turn-of-the century Victorians, early 20th century bungalows, mid-century cottages, and a 2001 Queen Anne Victorian. For tickets and additional tour information, please visit the Grant Park Neighborhood Association website.
The Grant Mansion dates from 1856 and is the first stop on the tour. Visitors will enjoy the opportunity to tour the antebellum home of Col. Lemuel Pratt (“L.P.”) Grant, city pioneer, philanthropist and railroad magnate. APC’s current photo exhibition, “Preserved On Glass“, will also be available for viewing in the Drawing Room Gallery. The exhibit, produced in conjunction with the Atlanta History Center, features photographs from General Sherman’s photographer, George N. Barnard, taken during the occupation of Atlanta. The exhibition commemorates the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War in 1864.
The Grant Park Neighborhood Association has also noted APC’s efforts to promote adaptive reuse of the Memorial Corridor. As part of the Tour of Homes, APC is providing informational brochures on the Memorial Corridor and GPNA has offered a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to assist efforts in raising awareness of this important link to Atlanta’s history. Thank you GPNA for your generous support!
October 2, 2013
The Atlanta Preservation Center’s Drawing Room Gallery will be the site of an important photography exhibit, Lucinda Bunnen: Georgia Portraits. This exhibit, curated by Constance Lewis and Jerry Cullum, presents portraits of Atlantans and others who have and continue to creatively shape or redefine the State’s political, art, and business landscapes. This exhibition is presented by the APC during Atlanta Celebrates Photography, a City-wide celebration of the photographic arts.
Bunnen has been a part of and documenter of Atlanta’s culture for decades. Her formal portraits and snapshots capture intimate visual details of high-profile figures, each one as imaginative and expressive as her photographs. The exhibit includes both vintage and new prints from her continuing Movers and Shakers series. The subjects of the work include: Tommy Aaron, Ivan Allen, Bobby Dodd; Bill Arnett; Julian Bond; Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter; Lillian and Billy Carter; Anne Cox Chambers; Susan Cofer; Louis Corrigan; Jerry Cullum; Ed Dodd; Silvia Ferst; Cathy Fox; Coretta Scott King and Herman Russell; Lillian Lewis; Richard Long; Carl Ratciff; Michael Rooks; Lovette Russell; Philip Trammell Shutze; Celestine Sibley; Whitney Stansell; Elizabeth Turk; Ted Turner; Larry Walker; Hosea Williams; Robert Woodruff, Charlie and Jane Hurt Yarn.
The exhibit runs from October 18 – December 13, 2013. The opening reception will be Friday, October 18, 2013 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. A panel discussion will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. The event’s conversations will be moderated by Randy Gue, the Curator of Modern Political and Historical Collections at Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL). The panel will include the artist and curators. The aim of the event is to connect the influence of the artist and subjects with Atlanta’s past, present and future. Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm or call 404-688-3353 ext. 11 for an appointment.
When asked to explain the intentions behind Lucinda Bunnen: Georgia Portraits, the exhibition, Constance Lewis’s co-curator Jerry Cullum observed, “Lucinda Bunnen’s photographs from the Movers and Shakers in Georgia series are all too seldom appreciated for what they are—intrinsically interesting and beautifully printed images that would capture our attention regardless of knowledge of their subjects. This is why we’ve called this selection (from both the original 1977-78 and the new 2008-13 series) Georgia Portraits rather than Movers and Shakers—we want to place emphasis on the photographs themselves, even though all of the people represented are singular figures in the political, economic, and artistic life of the state of Georgia. Constance Lewis and I have chosen works that represent a diverse spectrum of memorable individuals, but we’ve also done our best to select truly memorable and aesthetically provocative photographs. Although many people will appreciate these photographs primarily for the insights they give into the people who appear in them, we want them to see that, in addition to being remarkable documents of contemporary Georgia history, these are remarkable works of art.”
Cullum added that the October 26 panel discussion at 3 pm will shed further light on the dual function of the photographs as documents and artworks.
To support the exhibit and the work of the Atlanta Preservation Center, Ms. Bunnen has donated a print of her portrait of Philip Trammell Shutze, Atlanta’s renowned Classical architect. The framed, vintage silver gelatin print will be offered for auction from October 18 through November 21, 2013. The gallery is located at the APC’s headquarters, the LP Grant Mansion, 327 St. Paul Ave SE, Atlanta Georgia 30312.
The mission of The Atlanta Preservation Center (APC) is to promote the preservation of Atlanta’s architecturally, historically and culturally significant buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes through education and advocacy. The APC is located in the 1856 Lemuel P. Grant Mansion which features a 680 square foot gallery in its Drawing Room. This gallery is host to exhibitions that underscore the Center’s mission. Its purpose is to demonstrate that the preserved environment and its history are a valuable and inspirational part of the present.
More details here.
August 28, 2013
From September 20 – October 10, 2013, the Atlanta Preservation Center, in collaboration with M.H. Mitchell, Inc., will present A Rose on Peachtree. This exhibit honoring the 1901 Rufus Rose House on Peachtree Street will feature photography by Jason Travis, videography by Michael Morgan and artifacts from the R.M. Rose Distillery. The opening on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm will include a talk with the artists and collaborators at 7:30 pm. Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The APC is located in the 1856 LP Grant Mansion, 327 St Paul Ave SE, Atlanta GA 30312.
One of Peachtree Street’s last remaining Victorian homes, the Rufus M. Rose House is a constant through decades of history on Atlanta’s most famous street. Travis and Morgan’s work will focus on the house in its present-day environment. Artifacts from the R.M. Rose Distillery including bottles, jugs, advertising materials and historic photographs will be on display courtesy of author and historian Jeff Clemmons. The Rufus Rose House has been on the APC’s Most Endangered Historic Places List since 2007. The APC and M.H. Mitchell, Inc. are celebrating the house through the arts to advocate for its preservation and to forge new connections within these communities.
The exhibition grew out of the summer internship of Jessica Sheppard with M.H. Mitchell, Inc. which was supported by the Atlanta Preservation Center. Sheppard is an undergraduate student of history with Dr. Scott Matthews at Georgia State University. She was charged with taking historical information about Rufus M. Rose and the historic home and “repackaging for a contemporary audience.” For her research she interviewed APC Executive Director Boyd Coons and APC member and tour guide Clemmons and examined APC’s extensive files on the efforts to preserve the structure. She shared what she learned with her colleagues who also became interested in the story of the house. Towards the end of the internship, Sheppard asked the APC to support her desire to continue to advocate for the house with an exhibit of Travis and Morgan’s art work. Clemmons then volunteered to lend his artifacts to enhance the exhibit.
M.H. Mitchell, Inc. is a non-profit that supports the preservation of Southern history. Led by David Yoakley Mitchell, the organization accomplishes this goal through education, protection, encouragement, research and promotion. Current projects include the Georgia Historic Marker Post Replacement Program and the restoration of Fort Walker in Grant Park.
The purpose of the Atlanta Preservation Center is to promote the preservation of Atlanta’s architecturally, historically and culturally significant buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes through education and advocacy. The LP Grant Mansion has been home to the APC since 2002 and features a 680 square foot gallery in its Drawing Room. This gallery is host to exhibitions that underscore the Center’s mission. Its purpose is to demonstrate that the preserved environment is a valuable and inspirational part of the present.
More information is available here.
June 28, 2013
This event has been postponed. The APC is no longer accepting submissions.
As you enjoy the spring and summer in our fair City, take a shot or two with your camera. Your work could be part of the Atlanta Preservation Center’s (APC) first members’ only photography, exhibit the Preservation Pin-Up: Photo Contest & Show.
From Thursday, September 12 through October 11, 2013, the APC will present Preservation Pin-Up Photo Contest & Show at the LP Grant Mansion’s Drawing Room Gallery. The exhibit will be photographic works by APC members of Atlanta’s historic built environment. This informal presentation of work will open on Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Submissions are due to the APC by Friday, August 16, 2013. Guidelines and information on the submission process are available here. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places. The event is sponsored by Artifacts. The exhibition will be juried by Amy Miller, Executive Director of Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP).
Ms. Miller earned her MFA in photography from Pratt Institute and was Gallery Assistant at Alan Klotz Gallery in NY before becoming Gallery Director at Fay Gold Gallery in Atlanta, a position she held for almost eight years before joining ACP. In the last five years, Ms. Miller has participated in numerous national portfolio review events, curated exhibitions internationally, juried shows and judged competitions including Critical Mass, a nation-wide photography competition.
The mission of The Atlanta Preservation Center is to promote the preservation of Atlanta’s architecturally, historically and culturally significant buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes through education and advocacy. The Center is located in the 1856 Lemuel P. Grant mansion which features a 680 square foot gallery in its Drawing Room. This gallery is host to exhibitions that underscore the Center’s mission. Its purpose is to demonstrate that the preserved environment is a valuable and inspirational part of the present.