Presented by the Buildings Worth Saving
Committee of the Atlanta Preservation Center:
2007 List of Endangered Buildings:
Gulf Oil Building, 1951
Address: 131 Ponce de Leon Ave., NW
Owner/Contact: Thirty-Third Latitude Properties, LLC; George Thomas, 334-244-1111
Threat: Future plans of new owners, who also own the adjacent property, are unknown
This building is the first in Atlanta to be designed by I.M. Pei and possibly his first in the United States. Born in 1917, Pei is considered by some to be the last great Modernist architect. His notable buildings include the pyramid entrance to the Louvre in Paris, Hancock Tower in Boston, East Building of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. It is likely that Pei designed this building during his tenure as director of architecture at Webb & Knapp, a national real estate development company. He formed I.M. Pei & Associates in 1955, which became Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in 1989. His other buildings in the metro area included a small building at 46 Broad Street (1951) and Wildwood Plaza (1991) in Cobb County.