Buckhead restaurateur developing cluster of stores and eateries at Piedmont and 10th Street.
Buckhead restaurateur George Rohrig is bringing his formula for success to Midtown.
"I’ve always used restaurants to bring people into the area, then developed retail shops around them," said Rohrig, who opened a second location of his popular Buckhead sushi restaurant, Nickiemoto’s, at the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue on Feb. 1.
"I’m curious about the house across the street from the Arts Center train station,” said Atlanta resident Evette Sneed. "It was a home at one time and is connected behind the AT&T building. I’d also like to know about the family who lived there."
The house in question is now called the Castle but was originally named Fort Peace by its builder-owner, eccentric Atlanta industrialist Ferdinand McMillan. While there are many published dates of its creation, according to The AIA Guide to the Architecture of Atlanta, it was built in 1910 and is located at 87 15th St. N.E.
Atlanta’s Peachtree at 10th Street had become the porno palace and whorehouse of the Southeast by 1977. Ten of the city’s 17 sex bathhouses and yellow-front massage parlors were found within two blocks of the intersection. The Male Castle featured “love wrestling.” And Lord knows what went on in the sticky, overheated confines of Wild Mary’s, The Love Machine, Madame’s Love Parlour and the Go Go Dinner Lounge…
Walk along Atlanta’s Piedmont Avenue between 12th and 13th streets and look over towards Piedmont Park – you’ll see what might be a campsite for extra-terrestrials – on the top of a hill sit several large geometrical objects: an orange triangle, a blue and white tower, and several brightly colored cubes. But if you more closely, you won’t see any Martians, just kids and their parents…
"Mixed-use project an apartment developer's turning point" (1998)
Apartment developer John A. Williams has one great regret in his career —- demolishing the block known as Pershing Point on the northern edge of Midtown.
Up until the mid-1980s, Pershing Point was one of the most vibrant communities in Atlanta with 300 apartments in a half-dozen historic buildings with street-level grocery stores, a pharmacy, retail shops, restaurants and bars. They all sat on a compact, triangular block bounded by Peachtree and West Peachtree where the headquarters of National Service Industries is now located.
"Midtown tower clears hurdle, will enter hot market" (2000)
Midtown’s position as Atlanta’s hottest office market is about to be tested.
Pope & Land Enterprises has secured financing for Atlantic Center Plaza, a $95 million, 23-floor office tower on the lawn in front of Veni Vidi Vici restaurant at West Peachtree and 14th streets. The Cobb County-based developer will begin construction this week, partner Harry Morgan said Tuesday. “We’ve closed the loans,” he said. “Now we’re moving ahead full steam.”
"Condos crushing an era in Atlanta: A craze for more space and lack of interest in preservation are proving fatal to city's trove of modernist buildings" (2006)
They’re the architectural equivalent of swinging ’60s bachelors - — funky, modern buildings that evoke the Space Age, cocktail shakers and JFK. But many of them are having a hard time surviving to middle age.
In metro Atlanta and around the state, modernist buildings erected from the 1950s to the 1970s —- from featureless slab skyscrapers to wacky cylindrical bank branches —- are quickly succumbing to the wrecking ball.
The demise of the architecturally cool, the curious and the offbeat is driven by several factors, say a small group of architects and preservationists. Among them: Atlanta’s condo craze and the hunger for prime real estate it creates, especially in Midtown and downtown, and decay (many of the structures are approaching 50).
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation has placed the Crum & Forster Building on its statewide list, “Places in Peril.”
The 1928 Midtown building is embroiled in a battle between the Georgia Tech Foundation, which filed for a demolition permit in April, and opponents who want to preserve this example of classical architecture co-designed by respected Atlanta firm Ivey and Crook.