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.
It’s a perfect fit for the list, says Mark C. McDonald, the trust’s president and CEO, because it meets all of the criteria: historic significance, strong public support, representative of issues facing other structures across the state.
"And there seems to be a clear solution —- adaptive reuse," he says. "It’s a fine building, and structurally sound. It could be rehabilitated for Georgia Tech or some other user."
The Tech foundation, which had said it would be too expensive to rehab, had planned to raze it with the long-term goal of expanding Technology Square. This summer, the city denied the demolition permit, and its Urban Design Commission designated it a landmark to protect it.
The foundation has commissioned a new architectural assessment and appealed both rulings. The appeal date is Nov. 21, according to foundation president John Carter.
"The survey is being studied by Georgia Tech and a plan for the expansion of Technology Square is being developed and should be available for comment by the first of the year," he says.
Credit: Fox, Catherine. The Atlanta Journal - Constitution [Atlanta, Ga] 16 Oct 2008: D.7.