The Atlanta Preservation Center is making history of its own this month with the Decennial Phoenix Flies: A City-Wide Celebration of Living Landmarks from March 9-24.
APC’s Carolyn McLaughlin said there are 13 new preservation partners and an opportunity to showcase landmarks like Downtown’s Healey Building, which is marking its 100th anniversary, and the Cyclorama in Grant Park, which is deteriorating and facing an uncertain future.
Some other highlights of this year’s tours include the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts and Balzer Theatre, which was formerly Herren’s restaurant (the first to desegregate in 1962) and now home to Theatrical Outfit. The in-progress Ponce City Market will offer more tours and there will be a bike tour along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail from Inman Park to Piedmont Park.
Also to mark the 10th anniversary, the APC is introducing official tours of its home, the LP Grant Mansion, and has commissioned a major photography project. Once considered Atlanta’s most endangered historic building, the circa-1856 mansion was purchased by APC in 2001 and has undergone extensive stabilization and reconstruction. The mansion’s Drawing Room Gallery will host an exhibition for the Phoenix Flies Anniversary Photography Project. For this project, eight Atlanta fine art photographers have made images of the sites presented during Phoenix Flies.
APC created Phoenix Flies to commemorate the 25th anniversary of saving the Fox Theatre, an event that started the preservation movement in Atlanta. During its history the event has presented upwards of 775 events and provided more that 15,000 free opportunities for individuals to experience Atlanta’s rich history.
For a complete program of events, visit atlantapreservationcenter.com.