Written by Grant Stevens
On a beautiful day like today, you should be here. #Atlanta -- @discoveratlanta, Discover Atlanta
Last week, we visited Atlanta for our CityLove series, and this week we're back with a tour by Instagram. In addition to highlighting some exceptional Atlanta "Instagrammers," we wanted to showcase some of the places that readers mentioned in the first blog post.
Sometimes nicknamed "The City in a Forest" due to its abundance of trees, the photo at the top of the post highlights one of Atlanta's many beautiful parks and its city skyline.
The Jane at Grant Park is a great example of adaptive reuse. A former warehouse encompassing a full city block, The Jane now includes lofts, as well as retail and restaurants. Grant Park is Atlanta's largest historic neighborhood.
Atlanta is home to both the Coca-Cola company headquarters and its permanent exhibition about the history of the company called "The World of Coca-Cola." This photo is not of either, but shows one of the city's Coca-Cola signs.
Prince Hall #sweetauburn #atlantacollective #atl #exploregeorgia #georgiaonmymind #placesyougoinatl #idoatl #mason #mlk -- @jeffersonross, Jefferson Ross
Here at the National Trust, we're big fans of the Sweet Auburn Historic District, which is one of our National Treasures. The Prince Hall building was built in 1937, with an addition in 1941, for the M. W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Georgia. It is now home to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Atlanta Classic -- @jennyhipp, Jenny Hipp
The Plaza Theatre is Atlanta's oldest continuously operating movie theater. Designed by architect George Hawell Bond, it opened in 1939 as an Art Deco cinema and live theater. After a stint as a X-rated theater in the 1970s, the theater had major renovations in 1983 and became a nonprofit organization in 2010.
Went for a walk today #atl #atlanta #atalbeltline #underbridge #streetart -- @atlantachick, Morriah Delilah
We mentioned the BeltLine in our last post, but it deserves another mention, as does Atlanta's thriving street art scene and Living Walls, a nonprofit organization that brings together street artists, academics, and the public to engage communities.
#georgiastatecapitol #atlanta #landmark #downtownatl -- @aublue, Jody Wingo
Originally the site of Atlanta's City Hall, the 1889 Georgia State Capitol is modeled after the U.S. Capitol and contains a rotunda flanked by two wings, each with a grand staircase and three-story atrium. The dome was gilded with native gold leaf from nearby Dahlonega, where the first American gold rush occurred during the 1830s.
Ponce Window flags -- @grantparkphotog, Richard Elliot
The 2,100,000-square-foot Ponce City Market sits on 16 acres and is currently undergoing a massive redevelopment to create 330,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, 475,000 square feet of office space and 259 residential flats, making it the largest adaptive reuse project in Atlanta's history. (Read more about Ponce City Market's transformation.)
Next week we'll be chatting with some local Atlanta preservationists about their work in vacant buildings, so stay turned for more CityLove from Atlanta.