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$10.5M modernization of downtown’s historic Department Building wraps up

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The project follows in the renovated footsteps of the Candler Hotel, Hurt Building, and Flatiron Building, among others

An aging concrete column is wrapped in a new seating option, surrounded by historic hardwood floors in the century-old building.
The refreshed, century-old interior.
Photos courtesy of Marx Realty

Another historic downtown Atlanta space has been updated for the modern era, preserved in a way that pays homage to its past.

At 207 Peachtree Street, real estate company Marx Reality has wrapped a $10.5 million restoration of 50,000 square feet in the former Regenstein’s Department Store.

The circa-1920s building, now going by “The Department Building,” offers 20,000 square feet for retail options, as well as 30,000 square feet of “modern creative office space,” according to a Marx Reality announcement.

A glass front door wrapped in ornate molding and flanked by two potted plants.
The front door screams Art Deco.

The overall approach, of course, was to emphasize historic design features.

“The historic building envelope as well as the original Art Deco design elements that made the property an iconic fixture to Atlanta’s skyline and community have been artfully preserved,” a press release states.

Inside are 18-foot, terracotta barrel-vaulted ceilings, fluted columns, original wood floors, and oversized windows.

The redesign, spearheaded by local architecture firm ASD | SKY, also brings a new rooftop amenity deck replete with views from Peachtree Street to Stone Mountain.

The deck, in earlier renderings.
Courtesy of ASD|SKY

There’s also a renewed lobby and new elevators and other building systems.

Additionally, at the beginning of the year, Saito: Sushi, Steak, and Cocktails inked a lease for 2,200 square feet on the first floor of The Department Building.

A restaurant opening date has yet to be announced.

Long windows look out at the downtown skyline. Inside, the old wood floors look polished and almost new.
Interiors that went for the charmingly raw look.

The restoration of this old Art Deco building follows in the footsteps of a handful of similar projects downtown.

The Candler Hotel’s stunning revitalization recently wrapped, for instance.

Other examples include the overhaul of the Flatiron and Olympia buildings bordering Woodruff Park, as well as the Hurt Building just east.

A dirty building in downtown Atlanta with skyscrapers around it.
The Department Building facade prior to renovations.
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