Advocating for Atlanta’s Historic Neighborhoods, Buildings and Landscapes

Antebellum Grant Mansion

Since its inception in 1980, the Atlanta Preservation Center has worked tirelessly to preserve hundreds of historic residential and commercial structures and sites. Its advocacy and education programs have made preservation come alive for thousands of Atlanta residents.

Over the years, the APC has assisted in saving such historic buildings as the:

  • Grant Mansion
  • The Craigie House (DAR Building)
  • Randolph-Lucas House
  • Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill
  • Margaret Mitchell House
  • The Georgian Terrace
  • Carriage Works
  • King Plow Arts Center
  • 1901 Bank of America Building
  • 1924 Rich’s Building

And neighborhoods and districts have been protected with APC’s support:

  • Grant Park
  • Fairlie-Poplar
  • Sweet Auburn
  • West End
  • Druid Hills
  • Reynoldstown
  • Adair Park
  • Midtown
  • Brookwood Hills
  • Mozley Park
  • Whittier Mill
  • Cabbagetown

Our current Advocacy Programs include development of Atlanta’s Most Endangered Historic Places List, support for preservation or adaptive use of historic buildings and protection of older neighborhoods through the Advocacy Committee and promotion of rehabilitation of older structures through workshops for homeowners and commercial developers. We also ask members to attend public hearings.


Many historic places throughout the city are endangered. This is our chance to highlight examples of Atlanta's historic buildings, districts and landscapes that are endangered due to threat of demolition, poor condition, neglect, alterations, poor maintenance, redevelopment pressures, governmental policies and regulations, or lack of funds. We like to showcase a variety of historic sites throughout the city, from Atlanta's beginnings to the Civil Rights era, that are representative of the many threats facing historic buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes.

Atlanta’s Most Endangered Historic Places List


One of the worst losses - Pershing Point Apartments

One of the best saves - The Biltmore

Advocacy Committee
Join the Advocacy Committee, the eyes and ears of the Atlanta Preservation Center concerning endangered properties. In conjunction with the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, it not only identifies endangered properties but also assists in promoting interest in historic properties for adaptive use.

Every other year, the Advocacy Committee provides an inventory of the Most Endangered Historic Places in Atlanta. In addition, the committee works with the buildings’ owners to preserve them and get them off the Most Endangered list. 

In 1999 the Advocacy Committee compiled a list of Atlanta’s Worst Losses and Best Saves. 

The Worst Losses are: 

  • Terminal Station
  • Kimball House
  • Equitable Building
  • Pershing Point Apartments
  • Peachtree Arcade

The Best Saves are:

  • Fox Theater
  • The Biltmore
  • Druid Hills
  • The Castle
  • The Shrine of Immaculate Conception

The Advocacy Committee also sponsors two preservation workshops each year: “The Bottom Line” on rehabilitation of historic commercial buildings and “Live in a Landmark” on buying and restoring older houses.

Membership on the committee is open to all Atlanta Preservation Center members. For more information, please call 404-688-3353.

The Bottom Line Workshop
“The Bottom Line” focuses on the rehabilitation of historic commercial buildings. A source book of commercial properties that are historically and architecturally significant and which are for sale is included in the workshop materials. This resource lists historic information and economic incentives for each property. 

Live in a Landmark Workshop 

“Live in a Landmark” examines the purchase and rehabilitation of older homes and provides information on kinds of restoration, tax incentives, loans, inspection process


For an extra $15, join this educational and social group that offers monthly behind-the-scenes tours of select Atlanta historic sites. 

Atlanta Advocates
Be a vocal and physical presence for preservation action.

Volunteer your services to be a guide on one of our Walking Tours and help plan special events.




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