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Open House Atlanta is returning with free tours of the city’s best architecture

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For the second year, Atlantans are invited to experience 50 buildings throughout downtown, Midtown, Westside, and O4W

Lobby of the 191 Peachtree Tower building.
The 191 Peachtree tower was among the iconic buildings featured in 2017.
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Mark your calendars, enthusiasts of Atlanta’s built environment!

Returning for a second year after 2017’s successful inaugural launch, Open House Atlanta will welcome locals and visitors to explore some of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, new developments, and private spaces during the weekend of October 20.

The Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects has partnered with Central Atlanta Progress and Midtown Alliance to bring this free public festival to the city.

During self-guided insider’s tours, attendees also will have the opportunity to meet and chat with some of the people who design, build, and preserve Atlanta, according to the event press release.

This “backstage pass” will include access to not only historic structures, but also some of the city’s newest buildings, both public and private, throughout downtown, Midtown, the Westside, and Old Fourth Ward.

“We’re thrilled to bring this festival back to Atlanta for its second year, and look forward to engaging the community in meaningful dialogue around the city’s architecture and urban design,” said Open House Worldwide Founder Victoria Thornton in the release.

Open House Atlanta volunteers welcome tour attendees.

“Well-designed buildings and public spaces create and sustain cities, and this event empowers the wider community to become more knowledgeable and make informed decisions about Atlanta’s future,” she continued.

A sample of this year’s sites include Peachtree Center, the Telephone Factory Lofts, Big Bethel AME Church, and the Westside Cultural Arts Center.

Although most sites are open to attendees during the event, some will have scheduled and guided tours that require reservations. Be sure to visit the sites on the Open House Atlanta website for full details.

The John Lewis mural at the corner of Auburn Avenue and Jesse Hill Jr. Drive was part of the 2017 Open House Atlanta tour.