Atlanta’s Design Awards honor preservation efforts as city diversifies its idea of ‘historic’

Historic preservation and reuse projects took home a majority of the City of Atlanta’s 43rd annual Design Awards in a May 18 virtual ceremony. 

The awards are intended to honor achievements in new construction, historic preservation, public art and landscape design. They include the “Awards of Excellence” bestowed by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission (UDC), which oversees changes to historic buildings, and the “Community Design Awards,” which are voted on by Neighborhood Planning Units for a variety of sites and services.

Awards of Excellence


Halfway Crooks
Craft brewery at 60 Georgia Ave. in Summerhill reusing a century-old building.

101 Peachtree Lofts
Conversion of a building at 101 Peachtree St. in Downtown, possibly dating to the 1890s, to lofts with ground-level retail space.

Brown Hayes department store
Renovation of a building dating to 1899 at Edgewood Avenue and Boulevard in the Old Fourth Ward, used by music startup Spinrilla.

The Kimpton Sylvan Hotel in Buckhead won an award for adaptive use. (Special: Department of City Planning)

Grace Midtown Church
Renovation of warehouse at 579 Travis St. in the Westside into a church with Atlanta BeltLine access.


YMCA of Metro Atlanta Leadership & Learning Center
Expansion of a traditional Y at 569 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on the Westside with training, learning and recreation facilities and the YMCA headquarters offices.

1375 Peachtree
Renovation of the Pershing Point Plaza office and commercial building at 1375 Peachtree Road in Midtown with a large glass lobby and workspace.


By John Ruch for Saporta Report

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