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Atlanta’s distinctive skyline, filled with unique buildings, seen from the top of Westin Peachtree Plaza.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Mapped: Atlanta’s most iconic architecture

From the city’s oldest skyscraper to the newest stadium, there’s no shortage of interesting structures in Atlanta.

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Atlanta’s distinctive skyline, filled with unique buildings, seen from the top of Westin Peachtree Plaza.
| Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Atlanta's skyline is a smorgasbord of architectural styles. From the international-style towers of John Portman to the brutalist Central Library by Marcel Breuer, there's no singular building that epitomizes our city.

In an attempt to make sense of the city's varied architectural landscape, we've complied a map highlighting some of Atlanta's most iconic buildings.

Eclectic in scale, vintage, and use, the structures on the list represent some of the best and most recognizable the Big Peach has to offer. And from the list, it's easy to spot two quintessentially Atlanta architectural themes: the importance of John Portman in creating the city we know today and the role demolition (and in rare cases, preservation) has played.

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King & Queen Buildings

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While not technically in Atlanta, these twin towers are undoubtedly the metro’s most regal structures. Officially known as Concourse Corporate Center Buildings V and IV, the pair are local landmarks. Standing sentinel over the Ga. Highway 400 and Interstate 285 interchange in Sandy Springs, the buildings’ distinctive metal caps light up to mark different events throughout the year.

Two tall skyscrapers against a sunset. Both skyscrapers have glass domes on top. Maksim Sundukov via Wikimedia Commons

Sovereign

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Recognizable as Buckhead’s tallest building and most artfully curvaceous, Sovereign's distinctive glass facade stands out in the neighborhood's skyline. Plans are in the works for a second, similarly curvy tower to rise next door.

A towering, sweeping blue glass building against a grey sky. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Swan House at Atlanta History Center

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Designed by noted classicist and local Philip Trammell Shutze, the Swan House was constructed for Edward Inman in 1928. Today the home stands as a museum, as part of the Atlanta History Center, and represents just one of many of Shutze residential, religious, and institutional contributions to the city.

Buckhead Library

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Designed by Atlanta-based Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, this avant garde deconstructivist landmark was built in the heart of Buckhead Village in the 1980s. While the landscape has changed dramatically around it, the building is still as unique as ever.

High Museum of Art

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Set back from Peachtree Street in northern Midtown, the unique white buildings of the High Museum complex are sculptural elements in their own right. With buildings designed by noted architects Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the museum is as much a work of art as anything inside.

The exterior of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. The facade is white and the structure is comprised of several geometric shapes. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

1180 Peachtree St NW

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Known by many as the “Batman Building,” due to its wing-like glass faces rising high above the roof of the building, the tower looms large over Midtown. Initially, the building was intended to be just one of three highrises to comprise "Atlanta Symphony Center,” but the adjacent site is now destined to become Opus Place.

The Fox Theatre

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There are countless reasons why this 1929 movie palace is known as the "Fabulous Fox." A campaign to save the building from the wrecking ball in the 1970s sparked Atlanta's current preservation movement and thankfully saved this architectural gem. Today, renovations are nearly complete to add the posh Marquee Club.

Bank of America Plaza

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One of the most instantly recognizable skyline feature in Atlanta, Bank of America Plaza has stood as the tallest building in the city—and one of the tallest in the country—for more than a quarter century. Capped with an iconic gold obelisk-shaped spire that glows at night, this ATL stalwart is visible from all around the region.

The top of a tall skyscraper. The facade is gold colored. Michael Kahn, Curbed

Center for Civil and Human Rights

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One of the latest additions to the entertainment and cultural district surrounding Pemberton Place, the Freelon Group-designed building at the northern edge of Centennial Olympic Park embodies the ideas of the museum and lends a dynamism to the exhibitions within.

The exterior of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The facade is tan and white. The building is built into a sloped hill. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

SunTrust Plaza

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One of John Portman's commercial towers at Peachtree Center, SunTrust Plaza is uniquely geometric. Dating to the 1990s, the international-style tower is topped with stacked glass cubes that rise high enough to make this Atlanta’s second-tallest structure.

The exterior of SunTrust Plaza in Atlanta. The facade is dark grey with multiple windows. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

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Designed by John Portman and opened in 1967 as the Regency Hyatt House, the hotel was the world's first example of the now-ubiquitous, atrium-centric hotel form. Topped by the blue-domed Polaris, the building is now dwarfed by its surroundings, but it stands as an icon of ingenuity for its time.

Atlanta Marriott Marquis

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Where the Hyatt House was the first, the Marriott Marquis, designed by John Portman in 1985, may just be the best. Known around town as the "pregnant Marriott," the hotel's distinctive shape makes the 52-story building an icon in the downtown skyline.

The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta

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It isn't the lobby that lands this third John Portman hotel on the list, but the soaring presence of the reflective cylindrical tower and the amazing views offered from the Sundial restaurant atop the building. At 73 stories, the Westin held the title of tallest building in the city for more than a decade and the tallest hotel in the world for a short time.

The tower of a tall skyscraper. Michael Kahn, Curbed

191 Peachtree St NW

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Topped by two towers, the Philip Johnson-designed tower stands as one of the tallest buildings along Peachtree Street in downtown. With a soaring 100-foot-tall atrium, the 50-story structure still stands out.

The top of 191 Peachtree Street in Atlanta. The top of the building is two towers and the facade is tan with multiple windows. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Georgia-Pacific Center

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Known for its distinctive stepped facade, the pink marble tower sits prominently at a bend in Peachtree Street in downtown. Designed by internationally renowned architecture firm SOM, the tower began construction in 1979 after another landmark on the site, the Loew's Grand Theatre, mysteriously burned down.

The top of the Georgia Pacific Center in Atlanta. The building structure is comprised of geometric shapes. The facade is pink marble. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Central Branch

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Following a battle for preservation, the Central Library in the heart of downtown is finally slated for a renovation, though how sympathetic changes will be to the original Brutalist aesthetic remains to be seen. Designed by internationally noted architect Marcel Breuer, the concrete building is not universally loved, but it is undeniably eye-catching.

100 Peachtree

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Arguably Atlanta’s most notable Modern building, the SOM-designed tower stands as a testament to midcentury design minimalism. While the building’s signature “Equitable” sign is threatened by a new tenant and ownership, the building will always be known to Atlantans by its original name.

The exterior of 100 Peachtree in Atlanta. The facade is glass and steel. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Flatiron Building

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Atlanta’s oldest standing skyscraper, the 11-story structure was completed in 1897. While officially known as the English-American Building, the structure is commonly referred to as the Flatiron Building, due to its distinctive wedge shape. Recently renovated, the building predates New York City's more famous (and much taller) Flatiron Building by five years.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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While a newcomer to Atlanta’s architectural scene—criticized for cost overruns and initial operational glitches—the new stadium at the western edge of downtown definitely makes its mark on the skyline. And come next week, this instant icon will be the only enclosed stadium in the city.

A picture from the west endzone at the middle level of the stadium, looking down the field and out the massive window to downtown. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Georgia State Capitol

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Completed in 1889, the Georgia State Capitol sits on a hill at the southern edge of downtown, overlooking The Connector. It’s still one of the city’s grandest buildings, known for its iconic “Gold Dome.” But the gold leaf was not added to the top of the building until a renovation in 1958.

The exterior of the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta. The building has a tower with a gold dome on top. There are trees in front of the building. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

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King & Queen Buildings

Two tall skyscrapers against a sunset. Both skyscrapers have glass domes on top. Maksim Sundukov via Wikimedia Commons

While not technically in Atlanta, these twin towers are undoubtedly the metro’s most regal structures. Officially known as Concourse Corporate Center Buildings V and IV, the pair are local landmarks. Standing sentinel over the Ga. Highway 400 and Interstate 285 interchange in Sandy Springs, the buildings’ distinctive metal caps light up to mark different events throughout the year.

Two tall skyscrapers against a sunset. Both skyscrapers have glass domes on top. Maksim Sundukov via Wikimedia Commons

Sovereign

A towering, sweeping blue glass building against a grey sky. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Recognizable as Buckhead’s tallest building and most artfully curvaceous, Sovereign's distinctive glass facade stands out in the neighborhood's skyline. Plans are in the works for a second, similarly curvy tower to rise next door.

A towering, sweeping blue glass building against a grey sky. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Swan House at Atlanta History Center

Designed by noted classicist and local Philip Trammell Shutze, the Swan House was constructed for Edward Inman in 1928. Today the home stands as a museum, as part of the Atlanta History Center, and represents just one of many of Shutze residential, religious, and institutional contributions to the city.

Buckhead Library

Designed by Atlanta-based Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, this avant garde deconstructivist landmark was built in the heart of Buckhead Village in the 1980s. While the landscape has changed dramatically around it, the building is still as unique as ever.

High Museum of Art

The exterior of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. The facade is white and the structure is comprised of several geometric shapes. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Set back from Peachtree Street in northern Midtown, the unique white buildings of the High Museum complex are sculptural elements in their own right. With buildings designed by noted architects Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the museum is as much a work of art as anything inside.

The exterior of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. The facade is white and the structure is comprised of several geometric shapes. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

1180 Peachtree St NW

Known by many as the “Batman Building,” due to its wing-like glass faces rising high above the roof of the building, the tower looms large over Midtown. Initially, the building was intended to be just one of three highrises to comprise "Atlanta Symphony Center,” but the adjacent site is now destined to become Opus Place.

The Fox Theatre

There are countless reasons why this 1929 movie palace is known as the "Fabulous Fox." A campaign to save the building from the wrecking ball in the 1970s sparked Atlanta's current preservation movement and thankfully saved this architectural gem. Today, renovations are nearly complete to add the posh Marquee Club.

Bank of America Plaza

The top of a tall skyscraper. The facade is gold colored. Michael Kahn, Curbed

One of the most instantly recognizable skyline feature in Atlanta, Bank of America Plaza has stood as the tallest building in the city—and one of the tallest in the country—for more than a quarter century. Capped with an iconic gold obelisk-shaped spire that glows at night, this ATL stalwart is visible from all around the region.

The top of a tall skyscraper. The facade is gold colored. Michael Kahn, Curbed

Center for Civil and Human Rights

The exterior of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The facade is tan and white. The building is built into a sloped hill. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

One of the latest additions to the entertainment and cultural district surrounding Pemberton Place, the Freelon Group-designed building at the northern edge of Centennial Olympic Park embodies the ideas of the museum and lends a dynamism to the exhibitions within.

The exterior of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The facade is tan and white. The building is built into a sloped hill. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

SunTrust Plaza

The exterior of SunTrust Plaza in Atlanta. The facade is dark grey with multiple windows. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

One of John Portman's commercial towers at Peachtree Center, SunTrust Plaza is uniquely geometric. Dating to the 1990s, the international-style tower is topped with stacked glass cubes that rise high enough to make this Atlanta’s second-tallest structure.

The exterior of SunTrust Plaza in Atlanta. The facade is dark grey with multiple windows. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Designed by John Portman and opened in 1967 as the Regency Hyatt House, the hotel was the world's first example of the now-ubiquitous, atrium-centric hotel form. Topped by the blue-domed Polaris, the building is now dwarfed by its surroundings, but it stands as an icon of ingenuity for its time.

Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Where the Hyatt House was the first, the Marriott Marquis, designed by John Portman in 1985, may just be the best. Known around town as the "pregnant Marriott," the hotel's distinctive shape makes the 52-story building an icon in the downtown skyline.

The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta

The tower of a tall skyscraper. Michael Kahn, Curbed

It isn't the lobby that lands this third John Portman hotel on the list, but the soaring presence of the reflective cylindrical tower and the amazing views offered from the Sundial restaurant atop the building. At 73 stories, the Westin held the title of tallest building in the city for more than a decade and the tallest hotel in the world for a short time.

The tower of a tall skyscraper. Michael Kahn, Curbed

191 Peachtree St NW

The top of 191 Peachtree Street in Atlanta. The top of the building is two towers and the facade is tan with multiple windows. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Topped by two towers, the Philip Johnson-designed tower stands as one of the tallest buildings along Peachtree Street in downtown. With a soaring 100-foot-tall atrium, the 50-story structure still stands out.

The top of 191 Peachtree Street in Atlanta. The top of the building is two towers and the facade is tan with multiple windows. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Georgia-Pacific Center

The top of the Georgia Pacific Center in Atlanta. The building structure is comprised of geometric shapes. The facade is pink marble. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Known for its distinctive stepped facade, the pink marble tower sits prominently at a bend in Peachtree Street in downtown. Designed by internationally renowned architecture firm SOM, the tower began construction in 1979 after another landmark on the site, the Loew's Grand Theatre, mysteriously burned down.

The top of the Georgia Pacific Center in Atlanta. The building structure is comprised of geometric shapes. The facade is pink marble. Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Central Branch

Following a battle for preservation, the Central Library in the heart of downtown is finally slated for a renovation, though how sympathetic changes will be to the original Brutalist aesthetic remains to be seen. Designed by internationally noted architect Marcel Breuer, the concrete building is not universally loved, but it is undeniably eye-catching.

100 Peachtree