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Free tour Open House Atlanta returns this weekend for architecture aficionados

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The two-day festival features 50 sites across downtown, Midtown, and the Beltline’s Eastside Trail

Interior of office building with white columns in an expansive atrium.
Self-guided tours will be available at the Portman Architects-designed SunTrust Plaza.
Photos courtesy of Open House Atlanta

Calling all architecture fans: Open House Atlanta returns this weekend.

Held October 19 and 20, this free festival welcomes locals and visitors alike to come explore and poke around some of Atlanta’s new and historic buildings, scattered throughout the city from downtown to Midtown to the Beltline’s Eastside Trail.

Sites include a variety of historic buildings, churches, museums, hotels, office buildings, and more.

A few highlights of this year’s 50 featured sites: The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, MET Atlanta, The Peachtree Club, Flats at Ponce City Market, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Monetary Museum.

Officially launched in Atlanta in 2017 by AIA Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress, and Midtown Alliance, the event aims to share each building’s history with attendees to help them gain a better understanding of how the built environment impacts the city and its residents.

While the event is free, certain sites required reservations to attend scheduled or guided tours. (All of which are sold out.)

An exhibit of currency set up in a semicircle display.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Monetary Museum welcomes tour visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day of the festival.

These venues are: Colony Square, The Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, Fox Theatre, Georgian Terrace, The Mill, and Perkins + Will offices.

While reservations for guided tours are sold out for Portman Architects, self-guided tours are still available.

Happy festival, architecture fanatics of ATL.