NEW DESIGN VIDEO: 50 YEARS of COLONY SQUARE

The design of the new open-air

Colony Square has finally been released.

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Mark Toro, North American Managing Partner, said

“On July 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of Colony Square’s groundbreaking, we will celebrate the grand opening of the reimagined Colony Square. We will engage with the city, with the street and with pedestrians, and it will fundamentally change the experience of living and working in Midtown Atlanta.”

New York-based architects Beyer Blinder Belle with  Atlanta’s Lord Aeck Sargent are the architects.

Having enjoyed living here in the mid 80’s-early 90’s, I am thrilled to present to you… the preliminary design fly-through of the Reimagined Colony Square:

Colony Square History:

Between 1969 and 1975, Colony Square became the first mixed-use development in the southeast– providing condos, a Fairmont Hotel, retail mall, and two office towers. It was designed by Jova/Daniels/Busbee in the modernist style. The design of the condominiums has a direct relationship to designs by architectural giant LeCorbusier– especially Unité d’habitation in Marseille, France.

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LeCorbusier’s Unité d’habitation, Marseille

 

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Condos overlook the mall area and the W Hotel

 

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An earlier view of the Food Court, which was originally an ice skating rink.

 

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Today, as it awaits the construction.

 

Courtyard at Colony Square, midtown, Atlanta.
Originally designed to be closed off from the street, over the years it was opened up more and more.
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The first office building built, looking south toward Downtown Atlanta. Note that Midtown is mostly only small shops and homes.
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Looking north up Peachtree after Colony Square opened, early 1980’s.

10th to 14th Street Midtown in the 1960’s -70’s:

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These cool hippies were standing at 14th and Peachtree, across from the corner which would become Colony Square.
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Midtown Playhouse at 11th and Peachtree Streets, with Colony Square in the distance.
Peachtree and 10th Street in midtown Atlanta. Many runaways who come to Altanta head for "The Strip at Peachtree and 10th Streets. November 11, 1978 (Louie Favorite / AJC staff)
10th Street Theatre in midtown Atlanta. Many runaways who come to Atlanta head for “The Strip at Peachtree and 10th Streets. November 11, 1978 (Louie Favorite / AJC staff)  After the hippies, this became a row of gay bars, restaurants and a community theatre.
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Read this interesting article about the different eras of this area.

 

Aug. 2, 1979 - Atlanta, Ga: Peachtree Street as it passes through Midtown.
The House of Eng was built to the front of the Crescent Ave Apts, known now as the Margaret Mitchell House.
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Margaret Mitchell called it The Dump, and would probably be horrified that it has become her memorial! This is the view from 10th St. The front was covered by retail buildings.
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The 10th to 14th St area of Midtown Atlanta today. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, by Robert Stern, is in the foreground as cranes build more skyscrapers in the distance.
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14th & Peachtree, with Colony Square on the left
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That looks like a future Apple Store to me!

 

 

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One thought on “NEW DESIGN VIDEO: 50 YEARS of COLONY SQUARE

  1. I ice-skated at Colony Square and actually attendde the play “The Rainmaker”! I love this blog. Is there a way to share it on facebook?

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