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Photos: Exploring Westin Peachtree Plaza, an Atlanta Icon

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How the 73-story hotel property looks at age 40

Photos: Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta

One of Atlanta's most recognizable skyscrapers is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, and for those who haven't been — or haven't been lately — this cylindrical architectural marvel remains a sight to behold.

The Westin Peachtree Plaza is still the 17th tallest all-hotel structure in the world. Once a giant on the downtown skyline, this John Portman icon has watched Atlanta's commercial districts spring up all around it. It survived a tornado's wallop eight years ago (requiring that all 6,300 windows be replaced), and underwent a $70-million spruce-up a few years later.

So, with this being a milestone year, it seemed an opportune time to lug in cameras and capture the Westin Peachtree Plaza as it stands today. Going up ...

The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta

210 Peachtree Street Northwest, , GA 30303 (404) 659-1400 Visit Website