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[A side view of the Crum & Forster Building at 771 Spring Street]

In a city famous for being burned to the ground, and then razing its more interesting architectural artifacts with Godzilla-like efficiency, you might expect more flare-ups between onward-pushing developers and those who embrace Atlanta's physical history. That's not to say preservation battles don't occur, many of them years-long affairs. And some of them, like Inman Park's galvanized stance that thwarted a freeway, go down in history. So this installment of our Preservation Watch Heatmap checks the pulse of the more high-profile preservation fights in Atlanta at the moment. The update below contains eight buildings and sites perceived to have significant value, and which are under significant threat. (A nod to the Atlanta Preservation Center for background intel and images). Know of another building or property we should add next time? Drop it in the comments or tell us via the tipline.

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1. Crum and Forster Building

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771 Spring St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

The saga for this circa-1926 three-story building on the fringes of Georgia Tech’s campus has had more twists than a season-three Walking Dead episode. Preservationists scored a victory earlier this month when Atlanta’s Board of Zoning Adjustment voted unanimously to ignore a court order that would basically green-light demolition. Tech owns the structure and wants to replace two-thirds of it with a High Performance Computing Center that could reach 27 stories. Either way, plans call for saving the structure's lovely façade, probably the most striking feature of its Italian Renaissance Revival style.

2. Randolph-Lucas House

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2500 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

The Buckhead Heritage Society is leading the charge to save one of the last remaining single-family homes on Peachtree Road, a stately but deteriorated place that’s been offered — for free! — to anyone willing to pay the estimated $350,000 to move it. The condo association for the adjacent 2500 Peachtree building is fighting to demolish the home, citing safety concerns and a desire to expand condo grounds.

3. Constitution Building

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143 Alabama Street Southwest
Atlanta, GA 30303

The 1947 Constitution Building downtown is a rare example of Art Moderne masonry in Atlanta, but it’s sat empty and rotting for 40 years, warding off repeated demolition threats. Plans are in the works to transform the area into a multi-modal transportation hub. It could be restored as part of those plans.

4. Medical Arts Building

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384 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Arguably Atlanta’s most visible eyesore, the 12-story Medical Arts Building was a marvel when it opened in 1927. Ravaged by a four-alarm fire in 1995, the building has stood vacant ever since, peering down on The Connector. Years of vacancy have taken a toll and redevelopment plans have not materialized.

5. Georgia Archives Building

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330 Capitol Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30334

Any Braves game attendee has probably cast a puzzled gaze to this 1965 modernist structure and pondered its function. The Georgia Archives building was designed by A. Thomas Bradbury, the architect behind many government buildings around the State Capitol, to house the permanent records that constitute the state's recorded history. The building, apparently damaged by its proximity to interstates, closed when those archives were relocated to Morrow in 2003. A demolition permit was issued but action has been hamstrung by a budget shortfall.

6. Trust Company, Monroe Drive Branch

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2160 Monroe Drive Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30324

Home to a revolving door of restaurant concepts in recent years, this award-winning circular structure opened in 1965 but suffers from awkward parking. The APC considers the Henri Jova-designed building endangered and is working to have it declared for National Register status.

7. Brookwood Station

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1688 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

Designed by noted architect Neel Reid, Brookwood Station — originally Peachtree South Railway station — is the only passenger terminal still standing in Atlanta. Amtrack operates the station and has taken steps to move its operations elsewhere around Midtown. The historic Peachtree Street property’s fate is unknown.

8. Pickrick Cafeteria/Ajax Building

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881 Hemphill Avenue Northwest, Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30318

A landmark of the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta, this building once housed Lester Maddox’s Pickrick Cafeteria on the Georgia Tech Campus. Here, the future governor refused to comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Tech bought the one-story structure in 1965 and uses it as overflow space for campus police, through plans call for demolishing it in favor of greenspace.

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1. Crum and Forster Building

771 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

The saga for this circa-1926 three-story building on the fringes of Georgia Tech’s campus has had more twists than a season-three Walking Dead episode. Preservationists scored a victory earlier this month when Atlanta’s Board of Zoning Adjustment voted unanimously to ignore a court order that would basically green-light demolition. Tech owns the structure and wants to replace two-thirds of it with a High Performance Computing Center that could reach 27 stories. Either way, plans call for saving the structure's lovely façade, probably the most striking feature of its Italian Renaissance Revival style.

771 Spring St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

2. Randolph-Lucas House

2500 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

The Buckhead Heritage Society is leading the charge to save one of the last remaining single-family homes on Peachtree Road, a stately but deteriorated place that’s been offered — for free! — to anyone willing to pay the estimated $350,000 to move it. The condo association for the adjacent 2500 Peachtree building is fighting to demolish the home, citing safety concerns and a desire to expand condo grounds.

2500 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

3. Constitution Building

143 Alabama Street Southwest, Atlanta, GA 30303

The 1947 Constitution Building downtown is a rare example of Art Moderne masonry in Atlanta, but it’s sat empty and rotting for 40 years, warding off repeated demolition threats. Plans are in the works to transform the area into a multi-modal transportation hub. It could be restored as part of those plans.

143 Alabama Street Southwest
Atlanta, GA 30303

4. Medical Arts Building

384 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Arguably Atlanta’s most visible eyesore, the 12-story Medical Arts Building was a marvel when it opened in 1927. Ravaged by a four-alarm fire in 1995, the building has stood vacant ever since, peering down on The Connector. Years of vacancy have taken a toll and redevelopment plans have not materialized.

384 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

5. Georgia Archives Building

330 Capitol Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30334

Any Braves game attendee has probably cast a puzzled gaze to this 1965 modernist structure and pondered its function. The Georgia Archives building was designed by A. Thomas Bradbury, the architect behind many government buildings around the State Capitol, to house the permanent records that constitute the state's recorded history. The building, apparently damaged by its proximity to interstates, closed when those archives were relocated to Morrow in 2003. A demolition permit was issued but action has been hamstrung by a budget shortfall.

330 Capitol Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30334

6. Trust Company, Monroe Drive Branch

2160 Monroe Drive Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30324

Home to a revolving door of restaurant concepts in recent years, this award-winning circular structure opened in 1965 but suffers from awkward parking. The APC considers the Henri Jova-designed building endangered and is working to have it declared for National Register status.

2160 Monroe Drive Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30324

7. Brookwood Station

1688 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Designed by noted architect Neel Reid, Brookwood Station — originally Peachtree South Railway station — is the only passenger terminal still standing in Atlanta. Amtrack operates the station and has taken steps to move its operations elsewhere around Midtown. The historic Peachtree Street property’s fate is unknown.

1688 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

8. Pickrick Cafeteria/Ajax Building

881 Hemphill Avenue Northwest, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30318

A landmark of the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta, this building once housed Lester Maddox’s Pickrick Cafeteria on the Georgia Tech Campus. Here, the future governor refused to comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Tech bought the one-story structure in 1965 and uses it as overflow space for campus police, through plans call for demolishing it in favor of greenspace.

881 Hemphill Avenue Northwest, Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30318