Designed and developed over five decades by the original Architect-Developer, John C. Portman Jr., Peachtree Center is a unique collection of architectural works that spans Portman’s entire career. Peachtree Center shows the changes in design from a young upstart architect to internationally recognized master of the modern form and incorporates elements from John Portman’s other developments worldwide. Peachtree Center is formed around John Portman’s signature design theory, the Coordinate Unit, to create a fourteen-block development oriented to the pedestrian with sky bridges connecting all of the buildings within the Peachtree Center Historic District, including three groundbreaking atrium hotels, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel, the Westin Peachtree Plaza, and the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, the Hotel Indigo in the recently renovated1965 230 Peachtree Building along with the AmericasMart Atlanta complex, seven office buildings and a parking deck.
Aside from Peachtree Center’s significant architecture, it was also home to a variety of significant moments in the history of Atlanta. In 1961, just before the opening of the first building in Peachtree Center, the Atlanta Merchandise Mart (now AmericasMart Building 1), John Portman declared that his developments would be integrated. Opening the Top of the Mart and Stouffer’s Restaurant as the first new restaurants to open as integrated in the United States.
OHATL visitors are asked to meet in front of the Bank of America awning on Peachtree Street.
- 11:00 a.m. – Lights, Camera, Action: Peachtree Center as a Filming Hot spot
- 1:00 p.m. – Pioneering Portman: Behind the Scenes at Peachtree Center
- 3:00 p.m. – An Icon Reborn: A Look Behind the Rebirth of Downtown’s Landmark Workplace (closed toe shoes required)
Architect:John Portman & Associates, 1968-1988
Category: Historic landmark
Photo: Scott DeMyer