Work has finally started on the new market at 10th and Peachtree. (Taken with Instagram)

Work has finally started on the new market at 10th and Peachtree. (Taken with Instagram)

Under construction on Argonne Avenue at 5th Street.  Midtown Atlanta.

Under construction on Argonne Avenue at 5th Street.  Midtown Atlanta.

New modern construction on Charles Allen Drive is coming along swimmingly. Can’t wait to see how the second story “porch” turns out. (Taken with Instagram)

New modern construction on Charles Allen Drive is coming along swimmingly. Can’t wait to see how the second story “porch” turns out. (Taken with Instagram)

Noble Investment Group has begun its $20 million renovation of the former Hotel Midtown near the 10th Street and Peachtree Street intersection at 125 10th St.

Noble purchased the property last fall for $15 million and is in the process of transitioning the former independent hotel to the full-service Hyatt Atlanta Midtown. Originally built in 1986, the hotel will add three rooms, bringing the count to 194 when it opens sometime in early 2013.

According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, a concrete composite and glass panels will replace the red brick and windows on the exterior façade. The entrance will be made more pedestrian friendly, while all the public areas inside, such as the pool and dining area, will be redesigned.

The ABC went on to say that the former Mojito Restaurant Lounge “will be converted to a Hyatt-branded concept and relocated to front 10th St.”

I knew some major renovations were coming for this hotel, but I didn’t realize that included replacing the entire exterior!  That should be a huge improvement, but I’m more excited about the pedestrian improvements.  I’ve always been disappointed at how even though the 10th Street side has windows and doors the curtains are always drawn so it seems dead anyway.  Moving the hotel restaurant to that spot should liven things up a little. 

Something’s brewing at the site of the old Leopard Lounge at 84 12th Street…between this, Lure, and the new apt tower my little microhood is hopping!

Something’s brewing at the site of the old Leopard Lounge at 84 12th Street…between this, Lure, and the new apt tower my little microhood is hopping!

What I Saw During An April Ansley Park/Midtown Afternoon Jaunt

It was a gorgeous April day so I leashed up the pooch and walked a block to the food truck gathering at 12th and P’tree for the King of Pop’s Lemon Ricotta pop- my favorite.  After that we made our way north to the Peachtree library branch atop MODA where I returned a seriously overdue, not quite finished novel.  Decided to turn down 16th Street for a little scenic loop back home.  It was there I noticed this garland swag plaque on a cute little 1924 apartment building, which may be just the example I need for a tattoo I go back and forth on wanting.  If I’m going to have something permanently inked on my body it’s going to have to perfect, and I’m trying to find a good garland to show my artist. 

This little Greek Revival-Revival on Peachtree Circle must be by Ivey and Crook, right?  The proportions of that little portico are pitch perfect. 

I’m thrilled that this rare Prairie style house is being restored (well, more like reconstructed) but they but sure are taking their time!  Its rear facade is perfectly visible from the hole on Peachtree where John Wieland’s condo project died. 

Another view of the Prairie.

Are we in Atlanta or Pasadena?  Could not get over the beautiful landscaping of this home, especially the climbing roses.

Another beautiful, small yard + a tastefully decorated porch.

I’ve always loved this pair: the one of the left for its simplicity and landscaping, the one on the right for its quasi-Victorian spirit.

The 15th Street Plaza is one of Atlanta’s public space success stories.   The trees, the cafe tables, the gurgling fountain, the free Wi-Fi.  Such a nice place to just…be.

The old Vickery’s on Crescent Avenue is being transformed day by day.  Some neat modern tree planters have been installed, and the facade is coming back together.  The old structures on this block provide needed relief from the new shininess of…

12th and Midtown.  Before you know it, this block will be home to a high rise apartment tower with retail on the ground floor, giving the microhood additional energy and buzz.  I’m surprised that the building won’t extend to the 11th Street corner where there’s a parking lot, though.  I love Peachtree Street as much as the next guy, but it’s great to see the side streets being developed.  It’ll give our urbanism a more dynamic (and less linear) quality.

1974 shot of Colony Square construction.  Midtown Atlanta.
(via Atlanta History Center Album. Aerial of Atlanta)

1974 shot of Colony Square construction.  Midtown Atlanta.

(via Atlanta History Center Album. Aerial of Atlanta)

1986 photo of the Academy Theatre on Peachtree Street at 12th Street (?).  Midtown Atlanta.
(via Atlanta History Center Album. Midtown)

1986 photo of the Academy Theatre on Peachtree Street at 12th Street (?).  Midtown Atlanta.

(via Atlanta History Center Album. Midtown)

1967 - Construction of the Woodruff Arts Center.  Midtown Atlanta
(via Atlanta History Center Album. Memorial Arts Center)

1967 - Construction of the Woodruff Arts Center.  Midtown Atlanta

(via Atlanta History Center Album. Memorial Arts Center)