Looking for some weekend fun with a dollop of important Atlanta architecture and audacious interior design?
The Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association has you covered.
After a 10-year hiatus, the ADNA is reviving its Downtown Tour of Lofts and Lifestyles, which kicks off Saturday.
But be sure to wear closed-toed shoes and pants; this tour runs through some active construction sites.
For $20, Atlantans and visitors can peruse iconic downtown buildings, such as the Freight House Lofts—formerly called the Norfolk Southern Buildings—which is undergoing a makeover on the outskirts of the Gulch, turning the century-old complex into a residential compound with offices and retail.
“Originally constructed in 1912, the Southern Railway Freight Depot and Office Building is the largest remaining element of Atlanta’s storied railroad past,” said ADNA’s Stephen Krauska of the Freight House Lofts in an email to Curbed Atlanta. “Reborn as Freight House, the buildings will represent Atlanta’s evolving future.”
Built in the early 2000s—although you might not know it, based on some of the interiors—downtown’s Museum Tower makes an appearance on the tour as well.
“This top-floor penthouse at Museum Tower was previously separate one- and two-bedroom units combined into a stunning three-bedroom contemporary penthouse condo overlooking downtown and Midtown,” Krauska said.
Early this year, another penthouse unit at Museum Tower hit the market for just under $550,000, boasting a regal array of old-timey decorations.
Next up, at 167 Peachtree Street, a three-story structure built in 1899 and under renovation now is part of the tour. The building used to be a factory for Rauschenberg CA & CO and Tennessee Fine Meats and Sausages.
Today, the top two levels are a two-bedroom, three-bathroom single-family residence.
“This renovation is an ongoing DIY retirement project,” said Krauska, “which is attempting to utilize recycled and repurposed building materials (the kitchen cabinets and sink came from a CDC renovation) whenever possible.”
The ADNA tour also cruises through the circa-1930 William Oliver building, which was turned into condos in 2001, as well as 123 Luckie Street, the Healey Building, and the Kessler City Lofts, among other stops.
All proceeds go toward the ADNA’s operating budget, and patrons might even expect “a few ‘off the wall’ hangouts on the route,” the event page says.