These are photos from my venture inside Midtown’s Fort Peace (aka “The Castle”) during one of CIRCA's behind-the-scenes tours in 2009. The building was for sale at that time, and it was in pretty rough shape. There's so much great history behind this structure. For instance, the plaster seals above the fireplaces are reported to have come from buildings at the Cotton States & International Exposition held in Piedmont Park in 1895. It was also an important site for the Beat/bohemian/hippie scene of the 1950s-1960s. Work is currently underway to transform Fort Peace into a restaurant and hotel, so hopefully it’ll continue to be a landmark for years to come.
Creative Loafing’s Laura Horton is reporting that the funky Victorian home across from the Woodruff Arts campus will be the site of a restaurant and a four room “hotel.” Isn’t that more of an inn? Oh well, I’m glad the secret’s out. Expect a “Castle”-centric post in the near future. I’m only slightly obsessed.