Five Atlanta Sites Win Georgia Trust Historic Preservation Awards

By John Ruch

Five Atlanta sites are among the statewide winners of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Awards, including a school rehabilitation that won the highest honor.

The Georgia Trust, headquartered in Atlanta, announced its 2022 Preservation Awards at an April 23 event in Savannah. Atlanta winners included:

Academy LoftsMarguerite Williams Award

This remake of the old George W. Adair Centennial Elementary School won the award for the “project that had the greatest impact on preservation in the state”. The long-vacant building at 711 Catherine St. in Adair Park has been turned into housing — mostly made up of affordable units and artists — as well as a cafe and restaurant. Lofts also partner with nonprofits for wrap-up services for former homeless residents.

Fox Theatre’s ‘Mighty Mo’ organ. (Photo by Fox Theater.)

The Fox Theater’s Moller Organ, aka “Mighty Mo”, Preservation Excellence

The historic midtown theaterThe 1929 organ was in need of preservation and restoration in 2017. A painstaking year-long restoration was undertaken by AE Schlueter Pipe Organ Co. of Lithonia.

Kimpton Sylvan HotelExcellence in rehabilitation

This new hotel at 374 East Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead is a rehabilitation of the former Paces Ferry Tower, an apartment building dating from 1951. Built in the International Style, it was briefly Buckhead’s tallest structure, according to the Georgia Trust. Architect James C. Wise designed several Buckhead mansions and oversaw a 1960s renovation of the Swan Coach House at the Atlanta History Center.

Downtown High SchoolStewardship Excellence

This Atlanta Public Schools Campus (APS) at 929 Charles Allen Drive in Midtown includes seven buildings dating from 1922 to the present day. APS recently undertook a restoration and expansion that included the 1924 classroom building and gymnasiums dating from 1938 and 1970. This is a thoughtful expansion,” the Georgia Trust said in a press release.

Poplar Street OfficesExcellence in rehabilitation

These adjoining century-old storefront buildings at 83 Poplar St. Downtown are home to Smith Dalia Architectswhich has largely rehabilitated them.

For the full list of statewide winners, see the Georgia Trust website.

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