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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Erskine Fountain Fund- Biscuits & Martinis Mixer

April 6, 2015



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APC Westview Cemetery Tours Beginning in March!

January 26, 2015

The Atlanta Preservation Center is delighted to report that the 2015 Phoenix Flies Celebration of Historic Sites will introduce APC’s regularly scheduled walking tours of historic Westview Cemetery!  Come learn about the lives of many important Atlantans like Joel Chandler Harris, Lemuel Pratt Grant, Henry Grady, Asa Candler and Harriett Harwell Wilson High while enjoying beautiful sculptures and historic structures.  Tours will include the 1890 Gate House and the World War II era Mausoleum and Chapel.  Prepare to be awestruck by the beauty and many layers of history this site represents. 

When Westview opened in October of 1884 with nearly six-hundred acres of land, it was designed to be the premier cemetery in the Southeast. It is still an active cemetery with more than 108,000 interments.  Westview remains the largest cemetery in the Southeast and one of the largest non-profit cemeteries in the United States.

The APC is currently working with the cemetery to conceptualize a preservation plan for the historic gate house from 1890.  Half of the proceeds from each tour ticket will go towards this preservation effort.

More photos are available here.

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Civil War Lecture Series- Photography

November 12, 2014

Civil War Lecture Series:  Photography
Confederate Faces and Stories
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Exhibition and Lecture
Thursday, November 13
7:00 pm at the Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion

On Thursday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. the Atlanta Preservation Center and M.H. Mitchell Inc. will present the final installment in its Civil War Lecture Series.  This lecture will cover Civil War photography with expert and collector David Wynn Vaughan featuring original photographs from his personal collection. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held in the circa-1856 Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion.

Vaughan’s images have graced the covers of major books and publications such as Time-LifeNational Geographic, Mercer Press, University of Arkansas Press,Georgia Historical QuarterlyAtlanta Journal Constitution, and The New York Times. Vaughan has also appeared on GPTV’s Treasures in your Attic and PBS’s History Detectives. He has co-curated five Civil War image exhibits with Georgia-based museums with selected images from his collection. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 25 images from his collection were showcased in an exhibition entitled Photography and the American Civil War.


Please join us at the Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion

at 7:00 pm

on Thursday, November 13, 2014


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.  ADA parking and access can be reached via APC’s Orleans Street drive.

Reservations are not required.



Celebrate Georgia Gives Day!
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Thursday, November 13, 2014
All Day!

Remember to support Atlanta Preservation Center on Georgia Gives Day!

Have you ever wanted to make a difference? This week is your chance! Give during GA Gives Day on November 13th and join other APC supporters in a state-wide “flashmob of giving.” Everyone can be a philanthropist – a $10 donation will make an incredible difference!
What: GA Gives Day
When: Thursday, November 13
Where: Online at

Tell your friends! Forward this email! Share it on Facebook and Twitter! Help us get the word out about GA Gives Day as we strengthen the nonprofit community in Georgia. Go to and watch the giving!

Mark your calendar for Wednesday,
November 13th!

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Civil War Lecture Series- Defenses

October 20, 2014

Walking the Line
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Author talk and book signing
Wednesday, October 22
6:30 pm at the Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion

Long before Interstate 285 surrounded the metro area, Atlanta had a perimeter, ten miles around. Instead of speeding cars going around the line, there were cannonballs screaming overhead. That first perimeter was the defensive line designed by Lemuel Pratt Grant and built by the Confederate Army to protect Atlanta from the attacking Federal forces during the Civil War. That defense ring of 36 forts was never broken or defeated. The defenses held back the Federal forces for six weeks before the Confederates were forced to abandon them.

Walking The Line (ISBN 978-1-930876-07-01) tells the story of how the forts and defense line came into being and how these mostly-lost cannon emplacements were rediscovered 150 years later.

Please join us at the Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion

at 6:30 pm

on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

when astronomer, educator and author Dr. Lawrence Krumenaker will explain what happened to the forts, how many remain in modern Atlanta, and will provide maps and directions to tour them by walking, biking or driving.

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.  ADA parking and access can be reached via APC’s Orleans Street drive.

Reservations are not required.

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Civil War Lecture Series- Naval Technology

October 10, 2014

Inventing a New Navy

A multi-media presentation on technological innovations and new uses of technologies afloat and ashore during the American Civil War.

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Monday, October 13
7 pm at the Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion
The Atlanta Preservation Center and M.H. Mitchell Inc. are proud to welcome Ken Johnston, Executive Director & Director of Programs/Education at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus, GA for a unique look at the Civil War Navies.
The US Navy of the 21st Century features ships with hybrid propulsion technology, composite armor and stealth design – as did the 19th Century Navies of the American Civil War. The National Civil War Naval Museum presents a look at inventions and advancements in the navies both North and South during the Civil War at large, with a special focus on Naval engineering as practiced here in Georgia. We’ll explore the little known and sometimes surprising antecedents of nautical technology in areas as diverse as nocturnal operations, photocopying, submarine warfare, and aircraft carriers – just to name a few.

Free Admission and open to the public. 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.  ADA parking and access can be reached via APC’s Orleans Street drive.

Reservations are not required.

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Advocacy Action Alert: Proposed City Ordinance 14-O-1366

September 15, 2014

On September 15 the Atlanta City Council will consider proposed Ordinance Amendment 14-O-1366, which will affect the future of preservation in Atlanta.  The Atlanta Preservation Center has sent the following comments to the City Council for its consideration. Please contact your Council member now, as a decision will be taken in this afternoon’s session.

Atlanta City Council members’ email addresses are:

Carla Smith District 1 Yolanda Adrean District 8
Kwanza Hall  District 2 Felicia Moore District 9
Ivory Lee Young District 3 C.T. Martin District 10
Cleta Winslow District  4 Keisha Bottoms District 11
Natalyn M. Archibong District 5 Joyce Sheperd  District 12
Alex Wan District 6 Michael Julian Bond Post 1 at large
Howard Shook District 7 Mary Norwood Post 2 at large
Andre Dickens Post 3 at large


Dear Council Members:

The Atlanta Preservation Center (APC) strenuously opposes passage of Howard Shook’s proposed Ordinance Amendment #14-0-1366.  Specifically, the APC’s opposition lies in the redefinition of historic neighborhoods as only those which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Existing ordinance sections 15-06.001(t) and 15-08-005(d)(6) of the Subdivision Ordinance of the City of Atlanta currently provide for historic assets which are eligible for the National Register.

Eligibility for the National Register is a national standard. It means that the historic resource meets a national criteria as part of the nation’s cultural heritage. Eligibility can be determined by an assessment from the State Office of Historic Preservation based on these national standards. Listing on the Register is dependent on the will and economic ability of a community to follow through with the Register process but makes no additional distinction as to the historic value of the asset.  The proposed ordinance change will place an unfair disadvantage on those communities which have eligible historic resources but do not have the economic resources to execute the listing process.  This will place them in a different category of consideration with the City regardless of the equal value of their historic assets. This proposed action could also have the potential of limiting the creation of new National Register listed districts within the City of Atlanta and thus limiting access to State and Federal tax incentives.

Nationally, progressive communities are focusing on the possibilities of redevelopment utilizing federal tax programs. Mid-Century Modern assets, historic resources built as recently as 1964, can now take advantage of the available incentives for revitalization through historic preservation. This was a period of expansive growth for our City. To disregard the potential of these assets rather than planning for their intelligent use and revitalization is an enormous missed opportunity.  The proposed ordinance change would disregard the potential of a vast array of historic assets throughout the City, discounting their intrinsic value as reflected in the term “eligibility.”

The Atlanta Preservation Center urges Council members to reach out to the State’s Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division’s Program Manager Stephanie Cherry-Farmer for the technical expertise necessary to ensure proper legislation which would encourage both redevelopment and new development. Neither the APC nor the State office has been involved in the current proposed changes.

The Atlanta Preservation Center respectfully asks that this legislation be opposed.


F.H. Boyd Coons

Executive Director

Atlanta Preservation Center



Stephanie Cherry-Farmer, SHPO:

Leslie Cannan:

Christian Olteanu: