The Atlanta Preservation Center is the agency for coordination, knowledge, research and advocacy for preservation in the city. Founded in 1980, we have worked tirelessly with government, business and community leaders to preserve more than 175 endangered residential and commercial structures, neighborhoods and landscapes. Our advocacy and education programs have made preservation come alive for thousands of area students, residents and visitors. 

Preservation Advocacy

Currently, the APC’s top priority is preserving the historic structures on the Beltline, a 22-mile loop that will provide trails, parks and transportation. Over the past 27 years, the APC has assisted in saving such historic buildings as the Peters House, Grant Mansion, Winecoff Hotel, Glenn Building, Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill, Margaret Mitchell House, Carriage Works, King Plow Arts Center, 1901 Bank of America building, and 1924 Rich’s building. Neighborhoods and districts like Grant Park, Inman Park, Fairlie-Poplar, West End, Druid Hills, Reynoldstown, Adair Park, Midtown, Brookwood Hills, Mozely Park, Whittier Mill, Cabbagetown and Martin Luther King Jr./Sweet Auburn have also been protected with APC support. In December 2001 the APC purchased the 1856 Grant Mansion in Grant Park, one of two antebellum houses left in Atlanta, for its headquarters and is restoring it as a house museum and resource center. Since 2001, the APC has placed 67 sites on its Most Endangered Historic Places lists.  

The APC was also instrumental in the passage of the city’s 1989 Preservation Ordinance, which provides legal protection for endangered historic buildings, sites and neighborhoods.

Peters House, 1883

Preservation Education

The APC educates metro area residents and visitors of all ages about the  benefits of protecting and recycling historic structures. Its 80 trained volunteers lead 9,000 people a year on regularly scheduled guided walking tours of the Fox Theatre and six historic districts. The center also provides popular classroom programs on architecture and community planning for 3,000 students a year. Annual APC workshops on commercial and residential rehabilitation target developers, homeowners and Realtors. 


Grant Mansion Open House

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Atlanta Preservation Center
327 St. Paul Avenue SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30312-3129
Main No. 404-688-3353
Tour Hotline 404-688-3350
Fax 404-688-3357