The Hyatt Regency hotel is one of the iconic buildings that make ups the new Peachtree Center Historic District.

The Peachtree Center Historic District has been added to the Georgia Register of Historic Places, and nominated to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The historic district includes 15 buildings designed by architect-developer John C. Portman Jr. including the iconic Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel and Westin Peachtree Plaza, along with the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, AmericasMart Atlanta complex, the Mall at Peachtree Center and seven office buildings. This nomination will be reviewed by the National Park Service in the Department of the Interior before listing on the National Register.

Peachtree Center incorporates John Portman’s signature design theory, the Coordinate Unit, to create a fourteen-block development oriented to the pedestrian and incorporating Portman’s signature design element, the atrium. The three major hotels, the Apparel Mart (AmericasMart Building 3), and the Mall at Peachtree Center all incorporate public atriums. Pedestrian bridges also unite all of the buildings within the Peachtree Center Historic District. A team led by Dean Baker of Big RIG: the Revitalization Infrastructure Group produced the nomination.

The Peachtree Center Historic District is the first outcome of the Modern Downtown Atlanta Initiative that includes the development of the Downtown Atlanta Contemporary Historic Resources Survey and the Modern Downtown Atlanta: 1945-1990 historic context. These research documents led to the Modern Downtown Atlanta publication, which documents the history of Downtown Atlanta as it was booming into the economic powerhouse it is today, in an approachable, well-illustrated booklet. Documentation of the history of the city’s built environment is a part of an innovative and groundbreaking approach to economic development that reinvigorates areas by facilitating the use of federal and state tax credits for rehabilitation of historic buildings.

Modern Downtown Atlanta is the first undertaking to comprehensively approach Atlanta’s modern era architecture. The effort is a partnership between Central Atlanta Progress, Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and the City of Atlanta. This work will allow buildings constructed in Downtown Atlanta during the post-World War II era to potentially access a 20 percent Federal tax credit and a 25 percent Georgia State tax credit for rehabilitation expenses of historic buildings.

“This effort provides beneficial and lucrative revitalization infrastructure for Downtown Atlanta, while sharing our history and helping save important places.” said Stephanie L. Cherry-Farmer, National Register and Survey Program Manager, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Division.

Modern Downtown Atlanta was written by Patrick Sullivan and Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado and designed by New South Associates, Inc. Financial support for the project was provided by a grant from the Georgia Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Natural Resources.

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.

One reply on “Peachtree Center named historic district, nominated for national register”

  1. No, no, no way!! Peachtree Center is NOT “oriented to the pedestrian.” In fact, it’s the opposite. It decimated pedestrian friendly streets and shops … moved them to elevated “skywalks.” Lower levels of buildings are nothing but parking garages. Sidewalks are vacant. Streets are for nothing but cars. Gloomy characterless corridors, no light, uninhabited corridors. It’s a 9-5 weekday only place … desolate of residents. “Atriums,” “food courts” only serve the weekday, daytime office workers. Peachtree Center smacks of the de facto racism inherent to its time … removing interactions of people on the streets. High vacancies of offices and a history of failed businesses. Peachtree Center is prime destroyer of what was once a vibrant are of Atlanta. No, no, no way!!

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