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About Open House Atlanta

About the Inaugural Festival

The inaugural Open House Atlanta festival provides public access to more than 40 buildings throughout Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead, and along the Peachtree Corridor.

With admission completely free, visitors are invited to explore new and historic buildings, learn their histories and gain a better understanding of how the built environment sustains this bustling town as a unique place to work and play. Open House Atlanta will also allow attendees to meet some of the people who design, build and preserve the city.

While most participating sites do not require reservations, a small number do. Tours requiring advance reservations are now live! Click here to reserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

Founded in London, England, in 1992, Open House is a worldwide movement dedicated to engaging the public in a city’s architectural legacy. Open House Atlanta aims to promote a greater appreciation of the built environment through free access to architecturally and culturally significant sites rarely open to the public. Buildings include museums, high-rises, churches, hotels, offices and more. Atlanta, joining New York City, Chicago and San Diego, is the fourth Open House city in the United States, with more than 30 worldwide.

The 2017 festival takes place on Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Times vary by site; check each site for specific times.)

Open House events are always free.

Generally, no. Most participating sites are open to all who show up. However, some sites have scheduled and guided tours that require reservations. Explore the sites on our website and plan your itinerary using the details provided for each site.

In our inaugural year, we’re featuring only buildings close to the Peachtree Corridor in the Buckhead, Midtown and Downtown neighborhoods. Most sites are easily accessible by MARTA or by bicycle, and many are in walking distance of each other.

Open House Atlanta is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2015 by Gil Prado, as a way to celebrate the city and better engage the public with the community. The festival launches in 2017 through the collaboration of staff, members and dedicated volunteers of AIA Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress and Midtown Alliance.

Additional support has been provided by Livable Buckhead, the Architecture Design Center and Equity in Architecture. In-kind work has been provided by Jones Lang LaSalle and SPR Public Relations.

Get started with planning your itinerary by visiting our sites page, where you can filter them by neighborhood or category. You can also pick up a printed copy of the official Open House Atlanta guidebook by stopping by our welcome kiosks at Downtown’s Woodruff Park or at Midtown’s Colony Square on both days.

Most sites allow photography, while others may prohibit tripods, videography and/or photography altogether. As a general rule, ask volunteers or staff at each location before taking photos.

Aside from walking, here are a number of transportation options for enjoying the festival:

Relay Bike Share
Get around quickly using the city’s new bike share program, with stations near most participating sites. (View station map here.)

Save on parking fees using the public transit system. All sites are along MARTA’s Red Line (formerly known as the North-South line).

Atlanta Streetcar
In downtown, the streetcar is a fun way to get around in the Sweet Auburn Historic District.

Uber and Lyft are reliable ways to get around, helping you avoid parking hassles and allowing you to split the cost with friends.

See the Sites

Meet Our Team

Gil Prado
Gil PradoFounder/Board Co-Chair
Gil Prado, executive director of the Fulton Industrial Boulevard CID, introduced to AIA Atlanta the idea of Open House Atlanta, with the goal of using a strong partnership to bring the festival to fruition.
David Southerland
David SoutherlandBoard Director
David Southerland joins Open House Atlanta as the executive director of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Atlanta). His passion for architecture and the city are truly impacted by the members he serves in this capacity.