The Calhoun House

The Atlanta Preservation Center (APC) will present the award-winning Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites March 3 through March 25.

The month-long festival celebrating Atlanta’s cultural and historical resources will showcase 99 Preservation Partners offering over 200 events, including guided walking tours, lectures, storytelling, open houses and more, all available to the public free of charge.

Over a dozen new partners have joined the celebration this year, including the DeFoor Centre, featuring a tour of the Battle of Peachtree Creek; Civil Bikes, offering a tour of Civil Rights sites in the Martin Luther King Jr.-Auburn Avenue Historic Districts, the Glenn House in Inman Park, the Gilded Angel Gallery in Candler Park, and the Clay Cemetery in Kirkwood.

Constellations Building

Sever events will focus on Atlanta’s iconic architects Neel Reid and Philip Schutze, including tours of the Goodrum House and the Andrew Calhoun Estate (Tyggeson), a new partner. The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art-SE Chapter will offer its annual Schutze Fellows Lecture at the Schutze-designed Little Chapel at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, another first-time event for Phoenix Flies.

Atlanta sculptor Julian Hoke Harris will be featured for the first time this year with an open house at new partner Cherrylion Studios, as well as being the topic of a lecture by Atlanta architectural historian Dr. Robert M. Craig. Other events celebrating the arts, which have historically contributed so much to Atlanta’s culture, include the Atlanta Ballet, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and new partners the Carlos Museum and David Knox Photography.

Clay Cemetery

The Apex Museum, Sweet Auburn Curb Market, Sweet Auburn Works, the Atlanta Daily World, and new partner Constellations will combine to illustrate the revitalization of the Old Fourth Ward. Tours of the Balzer Theatre, the Healey Building, and the Rialto Theatre will offer visitors a view of the revitalized Fairlie-Poplar Historic District. Events at the English Avenue School, the Herndon Home, the Hammond House, the Wren’s Nest, and the Historic Westside Cultural Arts Council tours will be among the assets showcased on the Westside.

Returning popular events include historic cemeteries at Oakland, Southview, Sylvester Westview, and Utoy, along with numerous churches and houses of worship. The fabulous Fox Theatre also returns this year, along with the Piedmont Driving Club, the Eastlake Golf Club and the Atlanta Woman’s Club. The Atlanta Preservation Center will again offer its Box City program for children, an open house, and tours of Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods. A new offering this year is the North Avenue-Georgia Tech Campus Tour.
All events are free to the public, but reservations are required for some events.

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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.