Four Historic Preservation Sites to Visit in Atlanta

When exploring a city do you visit the historic sites or hit up the trendy spots? In Atlanta, you don't have to choose. There are many places where you can do both at the same time. The historic buildings below have been adapted to house modern hot spots.

Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market opened in 2016 in a former Sears warehouse. The space has been completely transformed and is now home to lofts and offices as well as an indoor/outdoor marketplace with shops and restaurants.

This is not the first time the space has been adapted. In 1990 the City of Atlanta purchased the site. It housed a satellite office and an art gallery. Now Ponce City Market has opened up the entire space for everyone to enjoy.

Horizon Theater

The Horizon Theater is located in the Little Five Points Community Center. This building began its life as the Moreland Elementary School in 1919. When the school closed its doors in 1982 the Little Five Points Community Center leased the building from the school board, and later purchased it.

The former school is now the home to several nonprofit organizations including the Horizon Theater Company. This theater is a hidden gem. It has less than 200 seats, providing theatergoers the opportunity to enjoy the performance in an intimate setting.

Wrecking Bar

After the show, top off your evening with dinner or a drink at the Wrecking Bar Pub, located in the Victor H. Kriegshaber House in Little Five Points. The home was built in 1900 for Victor Kreigshaber, a prominent Atlanta businessman who lived in the home with his family until 1924.

The building has gone through several transformations since then. In 1929 the Centerary Methodist Protestant Church moved into the space. From 1940 through 1964 the Rand family lived in the back of the house and ran the Jack Rand Dance Studio in the front. From 1970 through 2005 the the building housed Wrecking Bar Architectural Antiques.

Since 2011 The Wrecking Bar Pub has been housed in the basement, while the first floor is available for event space.

To enjoy a perfectly preserved evening in Little Five Points, catch a show at Horizon Theater then grab a late dinner, drinks, and or dessert at the Wrecking Bar. Not many visitors know about these local treasures, so you'll get a side of local flavor with your meal.

Fox Theater

One of the original preservation projects in Atlanta is now the home of one of its most famous landmarks. The Fox Theater made history in 1975 with a massive publicity campaign to save the historic treasure.

In 1928 the Shriners commissioned the ornate building, The Fox theater has stunning gilded arches and a beautiful starry sky on the ceiling. The building was so expensive that the cost became prohibitive, and they sold the property shortly before construction was completed.

Movie mogul William Fox bought the building to house one of his famous movie palaces. In 1974 the property was sold and in danger of being torn down. The Save the Fox campaign was able to raise the money to keep the building alive.

Today the Fox Theater puts on live shows and hosts private events. The theater also holds a summer movie festival in a nod to its past. The original organ, the Mighty Mo, is played at the beginning of each film. No trip to Atlanta is complete without catching a show under the stars at the Fox.

When the past meets the present, everybody wins.

Amy Forman is a writer based in Atlanta. She enjoys finding new uses for old things.