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.




CIRCA's July Meetings: 

This month, CIRCA is pleased to offer TWO meetings!  Read on to learn about these special events on July 10 and July 21.


WHERE:  Hotel Clermont, 789 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, 30306

DATE:  Tuesday, 10 July 2018

TIME: Gather at 6:15 p.m. in hotel lobby, drinks (cash bar) / program at 6:30 p.m.

PARKING: On-site parking is $10, valet only. Side street parking where you can find it; or try paid parking at nearby Ponce City Market.

Our July tour is the newly renovated Hotel Clermont. Some CIRCA members saw the “before” status a few years ago – now we’ll see the “after” from the hotel staff. They’ll show us the features of their restoration and tell some tales about this Poncey-Highland building’s history.
Built in 1924, the Clermont Motor Hotel was originally an apartment building, but was later renovated to a hotel format. Nightclubs of ever-changing names opened their doors within the hotel: the Anchorage Club, the Gypsy Club, the Continental Room, the Jungle Club and even the Atlanta Playboy Club (until Hugh Hefner sued). In 1968 the Clermont Lounge opened for business and has been in place ever since.

By 2009 the hotel was closed due to public health violations, but sale to a boutique hotel chain has resulted in a swanky property in one of Atlanta’s teeming neighborhoods.

We’ll meet at in the lobby bar for a quick drink (cash bar) and some visuals of the renovation process. Our tour group is likely to be large, so this is an important time to hear the highlights before we break up into smaller groups.

After the tour, we encourage you to head upstairs for the vista from the rooftop bar; the more adventurous can head downstairs to the world-famous Clermont Lounge, Atlanta’s first and longest continually-operating strip club (at least according to Wikipedia).

RESERVATIONS:  None required.


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



DATE:  Saturday, July 21

SPECIAL TIME:  Gather at 2:00 PM, tour begins at 2:15.  

LOCATION AND MEETING SPOT:   2300 Roswell Road (near the intersection of E. Piedmont Rd), Marietta, 30062.  Meet towards the front of the large outdoor open-sided arbor chapel.

PARKING:  Plenty of free parking on the gravel areas in front of the outdoor arbor chapel.

HISTORY:  The Marietta Camp-meeting has been held at this location since 1837, when Cherokee Indians still occupied the area.  The 40 acres were purchased for a total of $40.  The present open-sided arbor was built of sturdy oak in 1838 and still is in use today for church services. The Methodist campground is only used once per year, typically the third week in July. We’re fortunate to be on site during the annual camp meeting.
Today the arbor and common yard are surrounded by 23 “tents,” or cabins.  The tents range from small wood structures with sawdust floors to larger tents with kitchens, bathrooms, and multiple bedrooms.  We will have the opportunity to visit the inside of some of the tents. NOTE: They will be occupied by families staying for the once-a-year camp meeting.
We will also tour the site’s one-room schoolhouse, built near the turn of the century.
This year the “meeting” is being held from Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 22.  Daily services are held each day at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.

RESERVATIONS:  None required.


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