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APC’s Phoenix Flies Celebration – Bobby Jones’ Birthday

March 17, 2014

On March 17, 1902, Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones Jr. was born at the LP Grant Mansion, home of the Atlanta Preservation Center.

Bobby Jones is considered the most accomplished amateur golfer in history. He accomplished a “Grand Slam” in 1930 by winning all four major championships of the day in a single calendar year. He was known to exemplify the principals of sportsmanship and fair play. Jones’ life connected with many other important Atlanta historic sites including Capitol City Club, Druid Hills Country Club, East Lake Golf Club, Georgia Tech and his final resting place, Oakland Cemetery.

On Tuesday, March 18 at 11:00 am, Atlanta Preservation Center’s Education Director Paul Hammock will be giving a free guided tour of the LP Grant Mansion including the Bobby Jones Conference room as part of Phoenix Flies.

Meet for the tour at 327 St. Paul Ave SE, 30312. Reservations are not required.

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APC’s Phoenix Flies Celebration – New Sites on Monday, 3/17

March 14, 2014

On the second Monday of APC’s Phoenix Flies Celebration, you can visit two sites that are new to the Celebration.

In Buckhead at 10:30 am, Ahavath Achim Synagogue will open its doors for a tour lead by the synagogue’s historian Doris Goldstein. Goldstein is the co-author of From Generation to Generation: A Centennial History of Congregation Ahavath Achim 1887-1987.  The current synagogue was constructed in 1958 and was designed by Andree Stiener, a Bauhaus-trained architect who came to the City in 1950. A film about his life, Andre’s Lives, documents his work saving thousands of Slovak Jews during the holocaust. The stained glass at this site is not to be missed. Meet for this tour at 600 Peachtree Battle Ave NW, 30327. Reservations are not required.

Southwest of the City, Westview will open for self-guided and guided tours beginning at 10:00 am. This cemetery which dates to 1884, is the largest private cemetery in the Southeast. It is the final resting place for many important Atlantans and includes a beautiful mausoleum and chapel.

Westview’s tour schedule during Phoenix Flies is extensive. Self-guided tours are available from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday, March 17 through Saturday, March 22, reservation are not required. Small group-guided tours are available at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm, Monday, March 17 through Saturday, March 22; and a Bicycle Tour on Wednesday, March 19 at 12:00 pm. Reservations are required for the guided tours and the bicycle tour, contact

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APC’s Phoenix Flies Celebration – Grant Saturday

March 13, 2014

Lemuel Pratt Grant circa 1856, a giclee of this portrait is on display at the LP Grant Mansion

Lemuel Pratt Grant came to Atlanta in 1843 to help design and build the railroads that are integral to the identity of the City and the State. There are six Phoenix Flies Celebration events that will take place in the National Register and City of Atlanta Historic District of Grant Park – his name sake – on Saturday, March 15.

The afternoon begins at 1:30 pm with a lecture, The National Register of Historic Places and Atlanta. Given by Stephanie Cherry-Farmer, National Register and Survey Program Manager for the Historic Preservation Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, this event will include a discussion of what the National Register of Historic Places is and the resources available to the public via the Preservation Division. Meet at LP Grant Mansion, 327 St Paul Ave SE, 30312. Reservations are not required.

There are two choices beginning at 2:00 pm: a guided walking tour of Grant Park (the public park) with the Grant Park Conservancy or a visit with St. Paul United Methodist Church.

The Grant Park Conservancy cares for Atlanta’s first public park and will give a Grant Park History Tours starting at 2:00 pm. Lemuel Pratt Grant donated the 100 acres for the park in 1883. In addition its green space the park is also home to the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum and Zoo Atlanta. Meet for this tour at the south end of the Boulevard Parking Lot, 700 Boulevard SE, 30315. Reservations are not required.

St Paul United Methodist Church will be open from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. This 1907 structure has an interesting floor plan known as the Akron Plan, which was popularized by the architectural pattern books of the day. During your visit you will learn about the church’s history and perhaps even hear the pipe organ which was originally part of the 1887 Piedmont Exposition. Meet for this tour at 501 Grant St SE, 30312. Reservations are not required.

Beginning at 3:00 pm and continuing until 5:00 pm, the Atlanta Preservation Center’s LP Grant Mansion will be open for tours. Enjoy an exhibit about Lemuel Pratt Grant’s contributions to the City and the interesting history of the house that includes golfer Bobby Jones, author Margaret Mitchell and the APC’s preservation and restoration of the once in-ruins site. APC’s staff will be on hand to answer questions about the mission and work of Atlanta’s non-profit preservation organization. Meet at 327 St. Paul Ave SE, 30312. Reservations are not required.

While the Mansion is open there are two events to add to your Grant Park afternoon. At 3:00 pm, APC’s Director of Education Paul Hammock will lead Box City®. This hands-on program for kids will guide them through the basics of city planning, architecture and preservation. This program is recommended for ages 6 and up. Meet at 327 St Paul Ave SE, 30312. Reservations are not required.

At 3:30 pm, David Yoakley Mitchell of MH Mitchell, Inc. will begin a walking tour to Fort Walker, the only known remnants of Atlanta’s Civil War defenses from the very place that they were designed nearly 150 years ago by then Colonel Grant. Fort Walker is located in Grant Park, within a mile of the where Grant lived and worked during the War. MH Mitchell, Inc., which focuses on the preservation of Southern history, is working to restore and preserve this important site. Meet at 327 St Paul Ave SE, 30312. Reservations are not required.

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Help BATL Save the General McPherson and the General Walker Monuments!

March 10, 2014

“There certainly ought to be, and no doubt will be, sufficient local pride to properly care for the sacred spot, when they fully realize that they must do it or it will be left undone.”

Gen. A. Hickenlooper

Hickenlooper was a general at the Battle of Atlanta and as Corresponding Secretary of the Society of the U.S. Army of the Tennessee wrote these words in response to a letter written by W. T. Sherman, President, to M. F. Force, Treasurer, on May 27, 1884. They were writing about the McPherson Monument erected seven (7) years earlier, and what actions were to be taken to repair the damage and neglect. The irony should not be lost that over one hundred thirty years later we are having that same conversation. As we approach the Battle of Atlanta Sesquicentennial let us not forget the history that has been left to us.

Atlanta is unique with two Generals who died in our battle and Monuments erected by veterans of the  Battle of Atlanta in memory of Generals Walker and McPherson who were killed that 22nd day of July 1864. Through the years the Monuments have been spruced up with paint, landscaping and the like, but never has there been a full examination of the condition of the monuments until now.

The Battle of Atlanta Commemoration Organization also known as BATL a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation was conceived by neighbors who live on the battlefield ten years ago to commemorate the Battle of Atlanta. Working with partners like the Atlanta Preservation Center, BATL organized an annual week of many free activities for the public to focus on our city’s rich history with an eye towards the 150th Anniversary of the battle this year.

BATL raised enough money through grants and donations to pay for a “Condition and Assessment Report” of the General McPherson and the General Walker Monuments. This was the first necessary step to restore the two historic monuments done in conjunction with Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources and the City of Atlanta.

Now, we need your help! These monuments are in desperate need of attention with stone and metal that has been damaged by pollution and the elements, missing mortar, soil erosion, not to mention extensive structural damage caused by passing traffic. It is our goal to restore the Monuments and their greenspaces. The plans have been prepared by conservators, engineers and architects and the appropriate City Agencies have given the green light to start the work. We are almost halfway to raising the $191,000 needed for both Monument parks. Your donations large or small will help match other monies.

We hope that you will join us in preserving these important pieces of Atlanta’s past. With your help these structures will be here for another 100 years and for generations to come.

Thank you.  Henry Bryant, BATL Chairman

To contribute to the restoration of these monuments please visit the BATL website and clicking on the star on the middle left of the page-


For more information on Atlanta’s Endangered Public Monuments please click here.




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Decatur Old House Fair

February 5, 2014

On Saturday, February 8, 2014, the City of Decatur, in partnership with the Georgia Historic Preservation Division, will hold the sixth annual Decatur Old House Fair. This annual celebration features industry experts offering fresh ideas, practical advice, innovative materials, and quality services for owners of older homes. This year’s theme, Form Follows Function, explores the relationship between home improvement and historic charm through an exciting array of DIY, Sustainable Living, Maintenance, and Renovation tracks. Homeowners get the latest “green updates” and renovation ideas for kitchens and baths, attend seminars and workshops on restoring windows and repairing plaster, and much more! The Fair also includes a large exhibit hall of professionals, retailers, and suppliers specializing in home improvement, historic preservation, and interior furnishings.

Exhibit area opens at 9 a.m.; seminars begin at 10 a.m. Some of the topics include:

  • Historic Wood Window hands-on restoration workshops
  • Researching Your House History
  • Plaster Repair
  • Creating a Maintenance Plan for Your House
  • The Smart Home
  • The Big Flush! A Q&A on Plumbing Pitfalls in Older Homes.
  • The ‘Goldilocks’ Chair: Selecting Right-Sized Furniture for your Older Home
  • Storm Windows for Old Houses
  • The American Small House
  • The American Small House: Sensitive Additions
  • Lunch and Learn: Painting 101 and Choosing Interior and Exterior Paint Colors
  • Historic Tree Care and Maintenance
  • Reviving Old House Chimneys and Fireplaces
  • The Architecture of and Career Leila Ross Wilburn, Georgia’s Second Woman Architect
  • Aging in Place
  • Energy Efficiency Updates for Older Homes
  • In Over My Head! DIY or Hire a Pro: How to Know
  • Spending Money Wisely: Saving Money and Financing Dream Projects
  • Period Kitchens for Older Homes
  • Insuring Your Historic Home

The Decatur Old House Fair will be held on February 8, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at 130 Clairemont Avenue in downtown Decatur. For a complete seminar schedule, exhibitor details, and ticket information, visit  Get instant updates on Facebook and on Twitter @DecaturOldHouse.   Tickets are $10 when purchased in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets. Watch for special discounts from Groupon!

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State Tax Incentive Preservation Meeting

January 21, 2014

Help Improve Georgia’s Historic Tax Credit

The APC would like to express its support for the Georgia Trust and National Trust in this issue that is important to preservation in the City as well as the State. Please take a moment to review this statement by National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Even though it’s not April 15 yet, it’s time to talk taxes.

Why? Because your elected officials are.

On Capitol Hill, legislators are considering reforming the tax code which could have consequences for the extremely effective federal historic tax credit.

In Atlanta, state legislators are discussing economic development strategies to increase the state’s competitiveness. Governor Nathan Deal’s “Competitiveness Initiative 2.0 Task Force” recommends improving the state’s historic tax credit to bring more jobs to Georgia. The “Georgia Prosperity through Preservation” bill (House Bill 308) introduced by Rep. Allen Peake makes those improvements.

Join us at the Georgia Capitol at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22 for meetings with state legislators and an up-to-the-minute briefing on how you can support federal and state historic tax credits – to spur job creation, revitalization and historic preservation in Georgia. Remarks will be made by Ben Dupuy of Stonehenge Capital Co. and Michael Phillips of NTCIC, a National Trust subsidiary.

Information on House Bill 308 is provided below; additional talking points will be provided at the Capitol.

To RSVP, please contact Mark C. McDonald, President & CEO, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, or 404-885-7801. Meeting times and locations will be provided upon receipt of your RSVP.

Please forward and encourage other supporters of historic preservation to participate.

Thank you.

Thomas Cassidy Jr.
Vice President, Government Relations and Policy

House Bill 308 Details
House Bill 308 strengthens the state historic tax credit program by increasing the per-project cap from $300,000 to $5 million for income-producing buildings and allowing credits to be transferred to qualified investors and institutions with Georgia tax liability.

Many states in the region do not restrict their historic rehabilitation tax credit program with a per-project cap. The only state in our region with a lower per-project cap on its historic tax credit is Arkansas. Rep. Peake’s bill would help make Georgia more competitive.

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Rendering Atlanta at the Atlanta History Center

November 4, 2013

APC would like to let you know know about a new exhibit at the Atlanta History Center that presents architectural renderings from Atlanta’s past as well as the tools used to craft the images. The exhibit has drawn upon the Atlanta History Center’s extensive collections of architectural jobs, useful for restoration projects and for gaining a better understanding of Atlanta’s urban landscape. Admission to the exhibit is free as is researching the collection further in the Kenan Research Center.

From the flyer pictured to the right

Rendering Atlanta

On Display October 23, 2013-February 28, 2014


Wednesday-Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

In the Atlanta History Center’s McElreath Hall

Rendering Atlanta presents, for the first time ever, the most detailed and beautiful architectural renderings from the Atlanta History Center’s extensive collection preserved by the Kenan Research Center. Atlanta has experienced a process of continuous change since its founding and evolution visible through the architectural designs, visitors will see the carefully selected sample of the twenty –seven renderings as well as the tools used to create these colorful illustrations of Atlanta’s homes, schools, churches and other notable buildings and landscapes. These images give just a glimpse of the collection that the Kenan Research Center preserves. Available for research, the collection of 3,700 architectural jobs, including floor plans, technical drawings, architectural plans and elevation, and renderings not only guide restoration projects but also provide for a better understanding of the area’s buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes.

For further information call 404-814-4000 or visit

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Crum & Forster Now A Third of Its Former Self

September 3, 2013

The building was cut to separate the third that would remain, image courtesy of Terry Kearns

As has been anticipated, the Georgia Tech Foundation demolished the eastern two-thirds of the Crum & Forster Building at 771 Spring Street on Sunday, September 1, 2013. The long and complex effort to save the entirety of this Landmark building was ceded in February of this year. Details of this endeavor are available here.

View of the eastern end coming down, image courtesy of Terry Kearns

Terry Kearns of Architecture Tourist, an APC member, has documented this unfortunate event. His pre-demolition blog post is here; images and videos of the demolition are here.

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Fulton County Funding for Arts & Culture Needs Your Attention

August 20, 2013

Due to a budget short fall, the Fulton County Commission is considering a 100% cut of funding for Arts and Culture. The APC has received funding from the Commissioners for more than 15 years to provided educational programming.

We ask that you contact the Commission and urge them to continue to fund Arts and Culture in Fulton County.

Following is a letter from the Fulton County Arts Council with further information and action items.

Arts and Culture are an important part of the lives of citizens throughout the County and Metro Atlanta.


Dear Fulton County Resident,

As you may have recently read in last Sunday’s AJC,(attached) Fulton County is in a dire financial situation, looking at a possible $115m deficit.  We are reaching out to you to make you aware as a part of a proposed resolution to this deficit, the current Interim County Manager has proposed a 100% cut to the Department of Arts and Culture.  Long story short…We need your help!  As someone who is either in the arts or has a strong appreciation for what Arts and Culture means for this community, our Fulton County Commissioners MUST hear from you!

Over the past five years our budget has been cut an average of 14-20% annually, and since 2001 has been cut over one million dollars. Though these were difficult for the Arts in Fulton County, the cuts were proportionately aligned with all other departments within the County budget.  At this juncture, however, a 100% cut to the Department of Arts and Culture is in the County Manager’s top three recommendations!

Our plea to you, as someone who is connected to Arts and Culture in this community, is for you, your staff, board, attendees and friends to IMMEDIATELY let your Commissioner know of your concern.  To let our voices be heard, we ask everyone who wants this to continue to be a healthy cultural community to do one or all of the following:

1) Call your Commissioner and simply state that you are very concerned and not in favor of there being any cuts in the Dept. of Arts and Culture.  Leave your name, organization, numbers served by your group and the economic impact it could have  on your area of the County.

2) Send an email to your Commissioner stating that Arts and Culture is an important part of the quality of life for those of us who live, work and play in Fulton County and that you urge them not to support the County Manager’s recommendation to cut  the budget for the Dept. of Arts and Culture;

Note:  Email Addresses and phone numbers of Commissioners are below:

District 1 (At Large) Chairman John Eaves



District 2 (At Large) Commissioner Robb Pitts



District 3 Commissioner Liz Hausmann



District 4 Commissioner Tom Lowe



District 5 Commissioner Emma Darnell



District 6 Commissioner Joan Garner



District 7 Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards



3) Attend the Board of Commissioners meeting (Wednesday, August 21st) where this issue will be discussed and voice your concern during the public comment section. The meeting will be held at the Fulton County Govt. Complex, 141 Pryor Street, Atlanta, Georgia.  At this 10AM called meeting, they are scheduled to introduce the recent recommendations to the full Board.  Please arrive at 9:30 if you would like to speak to the Commissioners to sign up. It is first come, first serve!  Your presence is critical and extremely necessary to ensure we maintain a healthy Arts environment throughout Fulton County.

Note: If you are an arts organization and wish to make some comments, please be prepared to share the impact of your organization (i.e. number of employees, number of attendees…especially if you can break those numbers down to number of seniors, youth/children, underserved, etc.)

We are encouraging all in attendance to wear green so our presence can be easily recognized by the BOC.  If you are speaking, please know the Commissioners will be impressed by the total impact your group has and will continue to make in Fulton County.  State your area of the County and how it improves the quality of life for the residents.  How many jobs will be lost by this move?

The Department of Arts and Culture, as well as the Fulton County Arts Council thanks you in advance.  This will be our only chance to communicate to the Commissioners the importance of Arts and Culture in our surrounding communities.

Our thanks, in advance, for all you have and will continue to contribute to  Arts and Culture.  Please ACT TODAY to help stop this action by the Commission and allow Fulton County’s quality of life for families, children, seniors and artists remain alive and vibrant!

See you on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 141 Pryor St. Atlanta GA, Govt. Complex-Board of Commissioners meeting room at promptly 10AM (speakers be her at 9:30).  We hope to have a good amount of press in the room, so be prepared to speak to them, as well. Channel 2-ABC affiliate is covering the story, and WAGA will be there conducting interviews with Arts Leaders, such as yourselves.

Warm regards,

The Fulton County Arts Council

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LP Grant Mansion Up Date

July 3, 2013

Back porch view: the new lift is to the left of the brick stairs

The guided tours of the LP Grant Mansion during Phoenix Flies 2013 were enjoyed by many individuals, most of whom had never been in this 1856 home which serves as the Atlanta Preservation Center’s offices.  If you missed those opportunities there are tours scheduled this month, visit the calendarfor further details.  The more recent

The railing at the front porch steps is attractive and assists guests

restoration progress and enhancements to the house include front and rear exterior handrails; a chair lift and a completely ADA accessible restroom; reclaimed heart pine floor in the Drawing Room; carpeting in the Library and Bobby Jones Conference Room; and, for the business aspects of APC’s work, counter-height file cabinets and a new telephone system.  We are grateful for the donations which made these changes possible.

Only a small portion of the Orleans Street wall remains intact

Funds are still needed to replace the rear retaining wall on Orleans Street so that APC’s street appearance is safe for and attractive to our Grant Park neighbors and is compatible with the neighborhood’s regulations.  APC has on hand $16,200 towards the $41,000 needed complete the project. Gifts of any amount are welcome for this effort. For more information about this significant project, please contact us at To make a donation to this effort please click here and indicate that your donation is for the “DONATE: LP Grant Mansion Bldg Fd”