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Lapidus and Portman

Found a little poem about what is now the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel. Here’s Portman’s original design for the Peachtree Plaza Hotel, built as the tallest hotel in the world: The big pedestal held a half acre lake and one … Continue reading

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The Loew’s Grand Fire

Here’s the old beauty in 1972. It had been a long time since she showed first run Hollywood films, but Hollywood itself was pretty moribund at the time. See the nice array of shops surrounding the ground floor. Plentiful commercial … Continue reading

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Atlanta Airport keeps growing

Got to tour the airport grounds with Hannah Palmer, who’s new book Flight Path details the absorption of small towns like Mountain View. The house-by-house buyout through the early 1970’s cost some $350 million. The town would be to the … Continue reading

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A bill from Olmsted for Druid Hills

The Library of Congress just released a clutch of Olmsted documents and there was a nice little Atlanta bit in there. I hoped for more, but this was nice. LOC link Joel Hurt had begun the buildout of Inman Park … Continue reading

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How did Portman do it?

The recent passing of John Portman has led me to a lot of thinking about what parts of Atlanta he saved and what he could be said to have destroyed. Arguably, downtown would have completely turned into cement bunkers, surface … Continue reading

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Neel Reid on tour

I always love to see Neel Reid’s designs. This one is on Adrews Ave in Buckhead and was built in 1926, the year he died. Architectural Tourist put together a great photo gallery from an estate sale. Speaking of Reid, while … Continue reading

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