In a city that has in the past bulldozed rather than preserved some notable architecture, the Atlanta Civic Center stands out as an unlikely survivor.

However, the fact is that the civic center complex dating from the late 1960s still stands, even though officials were once considering demolishing it.

The Atlanta Civic Center has hosted plays, concerts and other events on Broadway during its 55-year history. (Atlanta Housing Authority)

Designed by Harold Montagu, an architect with the Atlanta firm Robert & Associates, and the Civic Center Theater with a capacity of 4600 seats he An outstanding example of modern architecture, according to the conservation group Docomomo. The 1968 structure features a brown brick exterior with layers of intricate patterns. The interior features a collection of lobby chandeliers Designed by Rambusch Lighting Co. In Jersey City, New Jersey.

The lighting fixtures at the Atlanta Civic Center were designed by Rambusch Lighting of New Jersey, which has designed theaters and other performance spaces. (Docomomo)

The Civic Center Theater hosted Broadway shows in the 1960s and 1970s, and a concert by Rapid eye movement in 1984 and the game show “Family Feud” was filmed there in the 2000s. The annex across the square from the theater once housed a science museum. But the entire complex has remained mostly vacant for the past decade. The city of Atlanta once considered demolishing it to make way for a new performing arts center, But those plans failed.

The exterior of the Atlanta Civic Center is made of brown brick covered in intricate patterns. (Atlanta Conservation Center)

Atlanta Housing Authority acquired the property in 2017 for $31 million, and last year it hired Republic Properties, The Michaels Organization and Sophy Capital to develop a master plan. Proposed affordable housing anchored Mixed-use project The historic theater will be preserved. The project timeline has not been released.

The development that preserves this theater will contrast with other removed buildings in the city. They include the terminal, which was demolished in 1972; Kimball House Hotel, razed in 1959; Georgia State Archives, settled in 2017; the US Post Office and Customs House, which were demolished in 1930; The Nassau Street recording studio, which was destroyed in 2019; and Peachtree Arcade, which was removed in 1964.

Data construction

The building’s name:Atlanta Civic Center
Building size: 827,640 square feet
What is with you:Atlanta Housing Authority
Occupancy: vacant
The main tenant: Proposed redevelopment of housing and retail
Date of construction/renovationBuilt in 1968, renovated in 2001
Construction engineer: Harold Montagu in Robert & Company.

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