It is hard to miss this ultra-modern, stark white structure that houses Atlanta's finest collections of classic and contemporary art. A towering atrium soars to four interior levels, with the galleries moving from 18th and 19th Century collections near the ground floor to cutting edge art on the upper levels. The High has increased in size to 312,000 square feet with three buildings designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano: the Susan and John Wieland Pavilion, the Anne Cox Chambers Wing for galleries, and an office building. The High is a frequent host to some of the world's most important touring collections and has hosted exhibitions featuring artists like Pablo Picasso and Norman Rockwell. With over 15000 works in the permanent collection, the High also displays old prints of Abe Lincoln and of General William Tecumseh Sherman and an array of sculptures and photographs.
Standing tall over Capitol Square, The Georgia State Capitol commands historic and architectural importance. Colored in rich white, the building displays a blend of neoclassical and classical revival architecture. It features elements like detailed pilasters and Corinthian columns which support a four-story front porch, or portico. The rounded dome is laden with gold leaf, and a statue of the Goddess of Liberty stands at it very top. The monument features a museum that chronicles the history of the state through various historic artifacts like portraits, statues, relics and fossils. It serves as the primary legislative building of the government of Georgia and also houses several office chambers where the General Assembly meets every year.
This majestic antebellum house and city landmark, built in 1855, is now converted into a historic museum housing a variety of historic exhibits. Passed down through several historic Fayetteville families (which explains the multiple names), the museum features an exhibit of memorabilia from Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind, a replica of the first flag made in Fayette County, relics from the Civil War and a garden of native and historically important plants! Self-guided and guided tours available.
Located in the heart of Sandy Springs, Heritage Green is a public park that is operated by the Heritage Sandy Springs organization, which is a not-for-profit entity that strives to preserve the heritage and culture of the city. A nice grassy space, it is a good spot to walk your dog or spend some time with your family. Admission is free to the park, which comprises attractions like the Sandy Springs Historic Site, the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, and the Williams Payne House Museum. Also, the park is home to the original natural springs that have been preserved.
A Civil War landmark as well as an expansive verdant oasis, Candler Park offers tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields and an outdoor pool. Perhaps the park's most unique feature is its nine-hole golf course that winds its scenic way through one of the east side's most pleasant residential neighborhoods. Often crowded, Candler Park is not the ideal place for a quiet jog, but sports are always being played and everyone is welcome.
Created mostly with land granted by Colonel Lemuel Grant, the "Father of Atlanta," Grant Park is the oldest surviving park in the city. Its landscape was part of the defensive line against Union forces in the Civil War, and the breastworks of Fort Walker remain as evidence of the Confederacy's defeat. The Cyclorama, a circular building filled with the world's largest painting, tells the story of the battle. The park's other main attraction is Zoo Atlanta, one of the only places in the country that you can see a set of giant pandas.
Founded in 1913, Georgia State has come a long way since its beginnings. It was recently awarded with a slot in the top 100 public universities in the nation and has over 55 degree programs to choose from. It is the only urban research university in the South and is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The school has approximately 30,000 undergraduate students as well as about 10,000 graduate students taking classes on campus.
Spread over a splendid 3,400 square feet (315.87 square meter) on Marietta Street, in Downtown Atlanta, Gallery 72 is home to many a prestigious art exhibitions and events. The gallery focuses on current trends in contemporary art - be it paintings, sculptures and even digital art. The splendid space designed by Stanley Beaman, was established in 2012. The facility, operated by The Office of Cultural Affairs of Atlanta, promotes budding talent and features several interesting events throughout the year. Check the website for information on latest events and exhibitions.
Built in 1906 by Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler, this 17 story masterpiece is a prominent fixture on the Atlanta skyline. The elaborate detail on the white marble facade is a fine example of the style of the period, when functional buildings were designed as much for their aesthetic appeal as for their practicality. The tons of structural steel and iron used in construction is said to be twice the amount used in any other building in the Southeast. Today, the building houses private offices. The Atlanta Preservation Center's walking tours of the neighborhood include The Candler Building.
The Vault at Peachtree is a unique space in Atlanta. Used largely as an art gallery for photographic exhibits, the venue is spread across three floors and a rooftop place. With spectacular interiors and multiple spaces, the Vault can be used for a range of eclectic events from art exhibitions, conferences to private functions.
Established in the 1840s, the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception was Atlanta's first catholic church and is the second oldest surviving building of Downtown. The existing church building was originally constructed in 1873, however renovation and restoration work conducted over the years have altered its appearance to some extent without detracting from its beauty. Replete with ornate carvings, splendid stained glass windows, historic paintings and fine architectural details, the church is a popular tourist destination, aside from being a thriving and active place of worship. Known for its social conscience and outreach programs, the church continues to serve the community even after all these years. The services are often attended by a diverse group of individuals including members of other denominations. No matter where you come from, what you believe, or who you are, at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception you will be welcomed with open arms. With its rich history, exquisite architectural design, and moving worship services, it is no wonder that the church holds a fond place in the hearts of all who have visited and worshipped here.
Fulton County Courthouse is located in Fulton County, Georgia. It was built in 1914 and was designed by renowned local architect A. Ten Eyck Brown. The building is an example of the Beaux Arts style of architecture, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 18, 1980.