Taking You Places You Have Never Been Before


CIRCA is an auxiliary educational group of APC that offers monthly behind-the-scenes tours of select historic sites in Atlanta and nearby areas.


CIRCA LogoWe see sites both before renovation begins and after the final touches have been completed.

Usually scheduled for the second Tuesday evening of the month March through December, CIRCA will take you places you have never been before.  Come explore with us!

To join CIRCA, you need be a member of the Atlanta Preservation Center. Please visit Membership to join both the APC and CIRCA.

To view previous CIRCA events, please visit its message board.




What: Join us for CIRCA's November Meeting

When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Meet at 6:15 pm; the tour begins at 6:30 pm.

Where: The Pythagoras Masonic Temple at the corner of Clairemont Ave. and East Ponce de Leon Ave. in downtown Decatur. The building is located directly across Ponce de Leon on the east side of the Historic DeKalb County Courthouse. We will meet on the sidewalk at the Clairemont entrance to the building under the black awning of the Korean restaurant.

Description: The Pythagoras Masonic Temple was built in 1925 and is an outstanding example of Beaux Arts architecture. William Sayward of the prominent firm of Edwards and Sayward was selected as the architect,  and the building was built at a cost of $160,000. A solid rectangle, the Masonic Temple has a rusticated stone "pedestal" or first story surmounted by two more stories of brick and stone. The south facade facing the Historic Courthouse is the most elaborate with a two-story inset porch set off by massive Doric columns. 

The architectural firm's many buildings in the Atlanta area include Lakewood Fairgrounds, several of the stone entrance gates at Grant and Piedmont Parks, The Gothic Buttrick Hall and McCain Library at Agnes Scott College, and the Columbia Theological Seminary.

A Masonic organization appeared soon after the creation of the community of Decatur and was chartered in 1844. Several buildings have been used by the Masons but all were located on the Courthouse Square. Join us to learn more about the history of the building itself as well as the Masons.

Parking: There is ample parking around the building but limited free parking. There is a parking lot behind the building that is entered from Clairemont Ave. The cost is usually $5.00 for three hours after 6:00. There is also a  parking deck in that same location with parking fees posted as you enter. On-street parking in metered spaces is free after 6:00 PM in Decatur, but it is usually difficult to locate an open space. The parking deck for the DeKalb County Courthouse is a 2-block walk away and is usually $6.00 for unlimited time. However, the arm at the exit is often left up after 6:00, which means there is no charge. Located on West Trinity at Commerce Drive, this lot is entered mid-block on West Trinity Place. Note: Do NOT park in the CVS lot or the Bank of America lot. If you park there and then leave either of the lots to walk to another location, your car will be booted. Taking MARTA is also an option, and the Decatur station is a block away from the building.  For a detailed map of downtown Decatur’s available parking and rates, visit:  http://www.decaturga.com/home/showdocument?id=9965 and http://www.decaturga.com/city-government/city-departments/economic-development/parking

Reservations: none required

Fee: Free for CIRCA members and first-time guests; $10 for others. For questions about your membership, please contact the Atlanta Preservation Center at 404-688-3353, ext. 10.

Optional post-tour suggestion: There are many wonderful Decatur restaurants within a short walk of the building. Make plans to stay in the area for dinner if you are interested.