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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.


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Livingston Restaurant + Bar to Host Gone With the Wind Brunch On July 27; Raffle Proceeds to Benefit Atlanta Preservation Center

July 22, 2014

Livingston Restaurant + Bar logoLivingston Restaurant +Bar, housed in the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel, will host a Gone with the Wind Brunch on Sunday, July 27  from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. prior to a matinee screening of the film at The Fox Theatre. When Gone with the Wind premiered in Atlanta in 1939, The Georgian Terrace Hotel played host to the film’s director and its stars and held a pre-premiere party in one of the ballrooms. This brunch will allow movie-goers and Georgian Terrace guests the opportunity to pay homage to a piece of Atlanta’s history. The brunch buffet will include a spread of southern favorites like Shrimp & Grits, Fried Chicken and Brioche French Toast from Chef Michael Semancik.

Costumes and artifacts from the film will be displayed during the brunch, compliments of Marietta’s Gone with the Wind: Scarlett on the Square Museum. Raffle tickets will be for sale for $5.00 each with proceeds to benefit the Atlanta Preservation Center, a private non-profit organization promoting the preservation of Atlanta’s architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes through education and advocacy. Raffle prizes include passes to the Oakland Cemetery’s Gone with the Wind Tour, a prize package from the Margaret Mitchell House, and Georgian Terrace Package which includes a one-night stay in a premier one-bedroom suite and a $100 gift certificate at Livingston Restaurant + Bar.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy an encore-worthy brunch before travelling back to the time of Scarlett and Rhett. The cost of the Gone with the Wind brunch buffet is $25 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 5-12 and complimentary for children under 5. Drink specials will be available after 12:30 p.m. Reservations strongly encouraged and can be made by calling (404) 897.5000 or visiting

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Grant Mansion on tour this weekend during the Historic Grant Park 40th Annual Tour of Homes

May 14, 2014

2014 Grant Park Tour of Homes LogoThe 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!


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Lucinda Bunnen: Georgia Portraits at the APC

October 2, 2013

Tommy Aaron , " Daddy King", Mayor Ivan Allen, Coach Bobby Dodd, 1978Robert W. Woodruff, in his office in Atlanta, 1977

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.

Michael Rooks, at a contemporary art exhibit in Birmingham, Alabama, for an Atlanta group that he organized, 2013

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.

Lillian Lewis, wife of Congressman John Lewis, at Otis Hammonds House, 1978

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.

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The Archive at the APC

May 24, 2013

BURNAWAY is a 501(c)(3) non-profit online magazine and destination for engaged dialogue about the arts. The organization uses weekly reviews, columns, interviews, and podcasts to promote conversations about the arts in Atlanta. The Sunday Supper series continues these conversations face to face.

On Sunday, June 9, 2013 beginning at 5:30 pm, BurnAway will present The Archive as part of its Sunday Supper series. The evening’s meal, lectures and conversations, will take place at the Atlanta Preservation Center’s LP Grant Mansion. The speakers, who will present both traditional and creative applications of the archive, are: Boyd Coons, Executive Director of the Atlanta Preservation Center; Richard Pearce-Moses, Director, Master of Archival Studies Program, Clayton State University; Tom Zarrilli, photographer and researcher; Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, artist and visual mythologist; and, Art and Margo Rosenbaum, Appalachian folk musicians and oral historians.

One Eared Stag is graciously providing a three-course meal and drink pairings designed by Chef Robert Phalen and bartender Brad Wyatt specially for this dinner. One Eared Stag is known for their creative takes on Southern classics and has become a dining destination in Atlanta. The dinner table will be designed and dressed by Straw Hat Press. Each guest will also be taking home a special archival present of their own, made by the print makers.

The following biographies are courtesy of BurnAway.

Richard Pearce-Moses has been an archivist for more than thirty years, working with materials ranging from the world’s oldest surviving photograph to terabytes of electronic records.  Currently, he is the directory of the Master of Archival Studies Program at Clayton State University.  Pearce-Moses may be best known for his work as principal author of A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology.

Tom Zarrilli is an Atlanta based photographer, painter, conceptual artist and documentarian of ephemera. A long time Atlanta resident and student of this City’s history, Zarrilli relishes tossing a tasty salad of Atlanta historical facts, lies and innuendo towards who ever will listen to him.

Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier is a visual mythologist, a memory keeper.  She is guided by the idea of the journey, unmapped spaces and the magic that occurs when one goes looking for history and ancestors.  Her visual repertoire mythologizes and re-imagines historical incidences (especially those that are informed by race, gender, and stereotypes) using photography, painting, oral histories and primary source documents.  She uses these sources to tell the stories of the people in communities that she encounters.  Through the Journey Projects she focuses on toural communities (rural agricultural communities that rely on and/or are developing tourism), urban enclaves, and indigenous communities.  In many instances, culturally significant connections are revealed and spiritual connections are made.

Art Rosenbaum, born in 1938 in Ogdensberg,NY, is a painter, muralist, and illustrator, as well as a collector and performer of traditional American folk music. He earned his MFA in Painting at Columbia University and has worked in France on a Fulbright in Painting; he also has a Fulbright Senior Professorship in Germany. Among his exhibitions was the Corcoran’s 41st Biennial of American Painting, and his works are in many collections, including the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Columbus (GA) Museum. He has executed mural commissions at the UCLA School of Law and the Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia. His solo show in 2000 at the Blue Mountain Gallery in New York was reviewed in Art in America. Rosenbaum is Wheatley Professor in Fine Arts at the Lamar Dodd School of Art,University of Georgia and in 2003 was a recipient of a Governor of Georgia’s Award in the Humanities.

The APC is pleased to support this BurnAway program by hosting the event at the LP Grant Mansion.

Tickets are $75 and seating is limited to 60. To purchase tickets please visit the BurnAway site here.