Friday, November 2, 2012
Midtown structure spared again as City’s Board of Zoning Adjustment ignores consent order that could have led to the demolishing of the Landmark building.
Midtown’s Crum & Forster building survived another challenge Thursday afternoon as the City’s Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) voted unanimously (5-0) to reject a court order that could have allowed the Georgia Tech Foundation (GTF) to demolish the Landmark building located at 771 Spring Street. The BZA voted to uphold the Atlanta Zoning Ordinance and the Community Partners Review Process by voting to ignore the consent order remanding it to approve the deal struck by lawyers for the City of Atlanta and the GTF for the Special Administrative Permit on the Crum and Forster. In September, the City and the GTF reached a settlement of a lawsuit previously brought by the GTF against the City and the BZA that allowed the BZA to rule on the …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Wednesday's hearing concerning the fate of the Landmark building in Midtown has been pushed back two weeks
The battle over Midtown’s Crum & Forster building wages on and will do so for at least another two weeks. A hearing before the Atlanta Urban Design Commission concerning the fate of the Landmark building scheduled for Wednesday afternoon has been deferred to June 27. It will come almost seven weeks after the Georgia Tech Foundation presented to the Urban Design Commission its contention that it was not economically feasible to restore the entire Landmark building located at 771 Spring Street. Georgia Tech would like to instead remove the rear portion of the building, preserving the façade, in order to build a High Performing Computing Center, a potential 24-story, 680,000 square foot public-private development on the block. …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Academy of Medicine restoration nearly complete. Take a peek inside.
- Amy Wenk
Monday, November 28, 2011
A historic Midtown building has been reborn for its 70th birthday. Georgia Tech soon will finish restoring the Historic Academy of Medicine at West Peachtree and 7th streets. Designed by famed Atlanta architect Philip T. Shutze and completed in 1941, an upcoming open house will commemorate the 70th anniversary of its construction. Take a tour of the revamped building Dec. 15, from noon to 5 p.m. "We're very excited to show the building off to the community," Shawn Stinson, event coordinator for the academy, said in a recent interview. The elegant, white-columned structure -- which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places -- will host events for the institute and rent space to the community for parties and meetings when it …
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Where puppeteers and artists once cavorted, the smell of mothballs and old paint fills the still-grand landmark on 15th Street.
About two dozen people on Tuesday got a rare peek inside The Castle, the century-old landmark on 15th Street across from the Woodruff Arts Center. Architect Leslie Tyrone gave the tour as part of the free series with the Atlanta Preservation Center. She's renovating the derelict home with its new owner, New York architect and industrial artist Mike Latham. They plan to open it in a few years as a hotel, club, restaurant or other public establishment. The Castle is in alarmingly bad shape inside. Water damage has rotted out sections of the floor. The paint is peeling. Old appliances and piles of crumbled plaster sit collecting dust. Wires hang out of the ceiling and punched-out walls. "It's a wonder it's still standing," one woman on the …
Friday, February 11, 2011
Mike Latham, a New York industrial artist and architect, is overseeing the remodeling of the long-vacant Midtown landmark.
It's a new chapter for the storybook house at 87 15th St. Renovation began this week on The Castle, the century-old landmark across from the Woodruff Arts Center. Three permits for exterior and interior repairs -- dated Jan. 19, Feb. 4 and 7 -- have been issued to the address, according to city records. Three local contractors confirmed their involvement in the remodeling, which began on the exterior on Saturday when Keith Roberts of Roberts Roofing tore asphalt off the roof. Castle owner Mike Latham, an industrial artist and architect from New York City, wrote in an e-mail Thursday he's "stabilizing the building to prevent further decay." He and a partner bought the long-vacant building last August for a reported $951,000. "This guy is …