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Field Note Fridays has been running for almost two months. In that time, we've caught up with two of Atlanta's most progressive developers, architects who've shaped some of the city's coolest projects and even relative newbie Tim Keane, Atlanta's director of planning. Each week, guests have chimed in about their favorite places in the city. With this being the last Friday before Thanksgiving weekend, we're dedicating this FNF installment to the places throughout Atlanta that guests have recognized as being special, in whatever way. If you've got time off and visitors in town, these locations might be worth checking out next week, because the experts said so.


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1. The Fox Theatre

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660 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 881-2100
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Identified by three of our interviewees as one of their favorite places in the city, it's not hard to see why this place ranks highly. Atlanta's grande dame, the Fabulous Fox has been wowing visitors for eight decades.

2. High Museum of Art

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1280 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 733-4444
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The High scored high marks, with three interviewees hailing the building and its piazza as one of the best places in the city. With buildings designed by noted architects Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the museum is a smörgåsbord of architectural awesomeness.

3. Hyatt Regency Atlanta

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265 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 577-1234
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Also recognized by three FNF alums, the hotel (and its iconic Polaris restaurant) have been downtown features for almost five decades. While the concept of the atrium hotel has been duplicated, the Hyatt will always be the first.

4. Ponce City Market

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675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 900-7900
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One of Atlanta's newest attractions, PCM was mentioned by two of our architects as a great space in the city... despite the pay parking.

5. Georgia Dome

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1 Georgia Dome Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 223-9200
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Recognized by architect Tom Ventulett as one of his favorite spaces, the tent-like stadium has been a landmark in the city for more than two decades. With its days numbered, Atlantans have just one more football season to enjoy the building before it falls victim to the wrecking ball.

6. Atlanta Marriott Marquis

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265 Peachtree Center Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 521-0000
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Tom Ventulett, a contemporary of architect John Portman, rightfully acknowledged this 52-story masterpiece of a building. Stepping inside the hotel's soaring, sinuous atrium, is one of the great excitements of Atlanta.

7. The Sovereign Building

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3344 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

Developer Jarel Portman gave the building recognition as one of his faves. Sovereign's distinctive curving glass facade stands out as the tallest building in Buckhead.

8. SunTrust Plaza

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303 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 614-5000

Jarel Portman, son of the architect John Portman, may be a bit biased in his love for this building. Then again, it is a landmark among his father's works, sitting prominently at the intersection of Peachtree and West Peachtree streets.

9. Atlanta Constitution Building

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143 Alabama St SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Dating back to 1947, the Atlanta Constitution Building sits along the rail gulch in the heart of downtown. While derelict, the building's sleek lines and historic allure were enough to land it on Teresa Badke's list of favorite places.

10. Piedmont Park

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400 Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 875-7275
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Atlanta's backyard, Piedmont Park was one of only two greenspaces to land on the list. Called out by Tim Keane as the best park in the South, it's hard to argue that it's not worth a visit.

11. The Cathedral of Saint Philip

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2744 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 365-1000

A masterpiece in ecclesiastic architecture, the Cathedral sits prominently on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. While the exterior is nothing particularly special, the interior is certainly a stunner.

12. H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel

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1020 Spring St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

Designed by renowned classicist Philip Trammell Shutze, the Spring Street institution is being threatened with demolition as skyscrapers rise around it. A relic of Atlanta's past, the funeral home will likely soon be no more than a memory.

13. Historic Fourth Ward Park

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680 Dallas St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

With connectivity to the Beltline and proximity to draws like Ponce City Market and Krog Street, the park is an oasis within the growing neighborhood.

14. Krog Street Market

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99 Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Just 1-year-old, Krog Street Market is already adored by Atlantans as a destination at the end of the Eastside Trail. With a range of options for dining and libating, the place is hopping most nights of the week.

15. Westside Provisions District

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(404) 815-0045

Another one of Atlanta's successful adaptive-reuse projects, Westside Provision lands on the list courtesy of developer Jarel Portman.

16. Bobby Dodd Stadium

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150 Bobby Dodd Way NW
Atlanta, GA 30332
(888) 832-4849
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While Tech might be hobbling through this football season, architect John Bencich hints that there's more to the stadium than football. With sweeping views of Atlanta from the upper deck, it might be worth buying the cheap ticket just for the sight-lines.

17. CNN Center

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190 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 827-2300
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Located just west of Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta's home for news hits the spot for Tom Ventulett. Besides housing a food court, a hotel and the international news network, the atrium also features one of the world's tallest freestanding escalators.

18. Pullman Train Yard

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225 Rogers St NE
Atlanta, GA 30317

The long abandoned rail yards east of downtown Atlanta are home to some fantastic historic architecture that's currently largely off limits. While urban exploring is discouraged due to that whole trespassing thing, we hear it's a pretty cool place to check out.

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1. The Fox Theatre

660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Identified by three of our interviewees as one of their favorite places in the city, it's not hard to see why this place ranks highly. Atlanta's grande dame, the Fabulous Fox has been wowing visitors for eight decades.

660 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

2. High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

The High scored high marks, with three interviewees hailing the building and its piazza as one of the best places in the city. With buildings designed by noted architects Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the museum is a smörgåsbord of architectural awesomeness.

1280 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

3. Hyatt Regency Atlanta

265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Also recognized by three FNF alums, the hotel (and its iconic Polaris restaurant) have been downtown features for almost five decades. While the concept of the atrium hotel has been duplicated, the Hyatt will always be the first.

265 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

4. Ponce City Market

675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

One of Atlanta's newest attractions, PCM was mentioned by two of our architects as a great space in the city... despite the pay parking.

675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

5. Georgia Dome

1 Georgia Dome Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Recognized by architect Tom Ventulett as one of his favorite spaces, the tent-like stadium has been a landmark in the city for more than two decades. With its days numbered, Atlantans have just one more football season to enjoy the building before it falls victim to the wrecking ball.

1 Georgia Dome Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

6. Atlanta Marriott Marquis

265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Tom Ventulett, a contemporary of architect John Portman, rightfully acknowledged this 52-story masterpiece of a building. Stepping inside the hotel's soaring, sinuous atrium, is one of the great excitements of Atlanta.

265 Peachtree Center Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

7. The Sovereign Building

3344 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

Developer Jarel Portman gave the building recognition as one of his faves. Sovereign's distinctive curving glass facade stands out as the tallest building in Buckhead.

3344 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

8. SunTrust Plaza

303 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Jarel Portman, son of the architect John Portman, may be a bit biased in his love for this building. Then again, it is a landmark among his father's works, sitting prominently at the intersection of Peachtree and West Peachtree streets.

303 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

9. Atlanta Constitution Building

143 Alabama St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Dating back to 1947, the Atlanta Constitution Building sits along the rail gulch in the heart of downtown. While derelict, the building's sleek lines and historic allure were enough to land it on Teresa Badke's list of favorite places.

143 Alabama St SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

10. Piedmont Park

400 Park Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Atlanta's backyard, Piedmont Park was one of only two greenspaces to land on the list. Called out by Tim Keane as the best park in the South, it's hard to argue that it's not worth a visit.

400 Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

11. The Cathedral of Saint Philip

2744 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

A masterpiece in ecclesiastic architecture, the Cathedral sits prominently on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. While the exterior is nothing particularly special, the interior is certainly a stunner.

2744 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

12. H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel

1020 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Designed by renowned classicist Philip Trammell Shutze, the Spring Street institution is being threatened with demolition as skyscrapers rise around it. A relic of Atlanta's past, the funeral home will likely soon be no more than a memory.

1020 Spring St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

13. Historic Fourth Ward Park

680 Dallas St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

With connectivity to the Beltline and proximity to draws like Ponce City Market and Krog Street, the park is an oasis within the growing neighborhood.

680 Dallas St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

14. Krog Street Market

99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Just 1-year-old, Krog Street Market is already adored by Atlantans as a destination at the end of the Eastside Trail. With a range of options for dining and libating, the place is hopping most nights of the week.

99 Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

15. Westside Provisions District

Atlanta, GA 30318

Another one of Atlanta's successful adaptive-reuse projects, Westside Provision lands on the list courtesy of developer Jarel Portman.

16. Bobby Dodd Stadium

150 Bobby Dodd Way NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

While Tech might be hobbling through this football season, architect John Bencich hints that there's more to the stadium than football. With sweeping views of Atlanta from the upper deck, it might be worth buying the cheap ticket just for the sight-lines.

150 Bobby Dodd Way NW
Atlanta, GA 30332

17. CNN Center

190 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Located just west of Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta's home for news hits the spot for Tom Ventulett. Besides housing a food court, a hotel and the international news network, the atrium also features one of the world's tallest freestanding escalators.

190 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

18. Pullman Train Yard

225 Rogers St NE, Atlanta, GA 30317

The long abandoned rail yards east of downtown Atlanta are home to some fantastic historic architecture that's currently largely off limits. While urban exploring is discouraged due to that whole trespassing thing, we hear it's a pretty cool place to check out.

225 Rogers St NE
Atlanta, GA 30317