What You Can Do

Action Plan to Preserve All of Crum & Forster

The threats to the Crum & Forster remain and now is the time to act. This Landmark, the City's Preservation Ordinance and the Atlanta Preservation Center need your help. Here is a three-part action plan:

 

1. PARTICIPATE IN THE ATLANTA URBAN DESIGN COMMISION PROCESS

 
It is expected there will be two Atlanta Urban Design Commission (AUDC) meetings which will require a notable presence of those interested in the preservation of this building and the integrity of Atlanta's Preservation Ordinance. Please note that public demonstrations are not allowed in the Council Chamber but a recognizable public turnout is essential to defeating this application.
 
At the June 27, 2012 Atlanta Urban Design Commission hearing the application for a Type IV Certificate of Appropriateness for demolition due to unreasonable economic return submitted by the Georgia Tech Foundation for 771 Spring Street, the Crum & Forster Building, was deferred to August 8, 2012.
 

2. VOICE YOUR OPINION

 
Contact your City Councilperson; Mayor Reed; Doug Young, AUDC Executive Director; Dr. G.P. Peterson, President of Georgia Tech; John B. Carter, President of the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc.; Charles D. Moseley, Chair of the Georgia Tech Foundation; John Erwin, President of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association; and Kevin Riley, Editor of the AJC.
 
Click here for contact information.
 
Please send a copy of your letter or email to the Atlanta Preservation Center at
info@PreserveAtlanta.com
 
Here is some suggested text:
 
 I/We support the preservation of the Crum and Forster Building in its entirety. I/We oppose the introduction of legislation that would de-designate any portions of this Landmark property.
 
The Crum and Forster Building is a designated Landmark. A Landmark building is defined as a building "of exceptional importance to the city, state or nation and whose demolition would represent an irreparable loss to the city." This designation indicates that the Crum and Forster Building met the criteria for architectural significance set forth in the Preservation Ordinance (Sec 16-20.004).
 
In its current state the Building has an exceptionally high degree of integrity and validity with all of its character-defining elements intact. In addition, approximately two-thirds of the site is surface parking which can be intensely developed under the exiting SPI-16 zoning regulations.
 
Chapter 20 of the Ordinance calls not only for the protection of such buildings but also for the promotion of sound design principles in areas of new development and redevelopment. The removal of two-thirds of a Landmark building runs counter to the requirements of the Ordinance and is unacceptable from a preservation standpoint and wholly unnecessary from a design standpoint.
 
For the past 23 years, the City's Preservation Ordinance has proven to be a viable and fair method of preserving the City's historic fabric while encouraging adaptability and development. De-designation of any part of this property is not acceptable, as it endangers a major Landmark and undermines the City's Preservation Ordinance.
 
The de-designation and demolition of this property should not occur and should not provide a roadmap for circumventing the City's Preservation Ordinance.  The programmatic needs of Georgia Tech's project may be satisfied through a creative approach and design within the parameters of the system.  All the benefits of Tech's project may be attained without the unacceptable sacrifices the Foundation is demanding from the public sector. 
 
 
3. LET SOMEONE KNOW ABOUT CRUM & FORSTER

Talk, post, blog or tweet, the APC knows that you know folks that believe Atlanta's historic buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes are a valuable and vibrant part of our City. Tell them and then ask them to tell someone. The APC will make regular updates to our website and social media. Interested folks may also join our mailing list by visiting the Contacts page.