Courtesy Marietta Street Artery Association
Courtesy Marietta Street Artery Association

The historic Engineer’s Bookstore building at the corner of Means and Marietta streets near Georgia Tech has been saved from the wrecking ball.

According to an email from the Atlanta Preservation Center,  the Atlanta Urban Design Commission held a hearing on Aug. 24 to consider the designation of Means Street as a Landmark District. The commission approved the nomination resolution and a representative of the new owner of the Engineer’s Bookstore stated that they do not plan to demolish the building. Instead, the owner will work with the neighborhood to identify an alternative use. A gas station and convenience store was slated for the spot.

The 1930s-era building was originally Paradies Grocery, also known as the “Forrest 5&10 cent store” and then later became the Engineer’s Bookstore for Georgia Tech.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.