Great Times Ahead for South Downtown Atlanta

All over Downtown Atlanta, Good News is Happening.

Recently, a developer announced renovations of the historic M. C. Kiser shoe manufacturing building for market-rate apartments at Trinity and Pryor Streets, south of Five Points.

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Kiser Building

Just a few weeks before, Hilton announced they will turn the historic Candler (Coca-Cola) office Building into a Curio Collection Boutique Hotel.

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Candler Building
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Candler Lobby of finely carved Georgia marble.

 

The Hotel Indigo has already opened their swanky office-turned-hotel at Peachtree Center, with world-famous architect/artist/developer John Portman re-entering the upscale restaurant business after more than four decades.

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Hotel Indigo at Peachtree Center

Atlanta’s oldest skyscraper, the Flatiron Building is now a Microsoft Innovation Center and Tech Hub, complete with a Women’s Entrepreneur Initiative.

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Underground Atlanta is planned to rise again with the help of high-rise skyscraper living;

while Post apartments are turning two city blocks of parking lots in upper Downtown into mid-rise living over street-level retail.

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Post’s new neighborhood under construction

 

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New Switchyards high tech software incubator and co-working club.
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The old Atlantan Hotel has been restored into a Holiday Inn Express.

 

And, of course, just a few blocks to the West, Atlanta is building the new state-of-the-art-of-architecture Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the NFL Atlanta Falcons and the new Atlanta United FC. Next door will be a new Georgia World Congress Center convention hotel with up to 2000 rooms.

 

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Amidst all of this construction activity is the often-maligned Atlanta Streetcar. Would all of this be happening without the Streetcar?  The Georgia Statehouse is expected to pass legislation allowing Atlantans to vote on lightrail and Streetcar expansion for the Beltline and City of Atlanta areas.

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The beauty yet to be uncovered is the gorgeous historic buildings that make up the old retail district south of Five Points, and the National Landmark Historic District, Atlanta Hotel Row.

The Goat Farm Arts Center started  their Beacons program to offer space for artists to express themselves while living with reasonable rents, to give the south of Five Points neighborhood life again.

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Look behind the crummy awnings and signage of the unique buildings that grace the streets of South Downtown Atlanta, below:

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An art deco McCrory’s façade lies in wait of new appreciation.
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A Louis Sullivan-like frieze with Romanesque arches top this 5 story building.
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Barely hidden is this old art deco Kress building.
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Art deco Lerner Shops waits for it’s revival next to a renovated hotel.
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I’m not sure what Mangel’s sold, but it was certainly fashionable.
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I love Bookhammer’s classic limestone façade, behind the black paint and the garish signage.
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Art-Moderne building still retains it’s old signage… hope it lasts.
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Part of The Goat Farm arts areas…
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The new Mammal Gallery
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Just beyond this cute building, the Mercedes-Benz megalith rises…
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A view of the whole street with the Fulton County Government Center on the left in the distance.
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The Fulton County Government Center’s atrium is a great event space for dance parties, or, to go chill in the tropical garden atrium.
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Believe it or not, my Mom used to get dressed up in her heels, hat and gloves to shop down here at Rich’s! LOL

Those buildings will all be vibrant treasures, one day, if they can avoid the wrecking ball.

And look, below, is the National Landmark Historic District, Atlanta Hotel Row, just waiting for it’s savior who will make lots of change:

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This was a fine hotel with a turreted-top corner in it’s day.
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Some of the fine old brick and terra-cotta details remain.
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more elegant brickwork…
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A look down Hotel Row toward the building cranes of Mercedes Stadium.
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A smaller, more classical hotel building.

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This one has been turned into lofts.
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The last in the block seems in good shape and generating income.
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A look, east, down Hotel Row, a landmark Historic District, just waiting for it’s makeover…
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Flags and cranes, signs of progress which have not been seen here since the 1950’s.
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Newly renovated classical/art deco MLK, Jr Federal Building.
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The Stadia.

Nearby, is already thriving Castleberry Hill loft and Arts District.

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New Lofts at Castleberry Hill
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Old lofts on Castleberry Hill
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The Hard Rock Hotel being built between Castleberry Hill and the Stadium.
Nearby, on Marietta Street
Nearby, on Marietta Street
$46M update of very successful Centennial Olympic Park
$46M update of overly successful Centennial Olympic Park, after 20 years.

Cheers, world. Come to Atlanta!

 

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