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Event Details

October 13, 2021
2:00 pm –3:30 pm


Members: $14
Not-Yet-Members: $18
Registration Required


Downtown Atlanta
Meet at the Central Library Plaza

Event Description

This walking tour will span a few blocks of Downtown’s Fairlie-Poplar Historic District, which was Atlanta’s central business district at the turn of the century. Many of the buildings are more than a hundred years old, but a few newer and more contemporary construction projects are now juxtaposed against these brick façades of the past. Some of the oldest high-rise buildings in Atlanta will be featured on the tour, including the original Flatiron Building that predates the one in New York City by five years.

For this walking tour, we will meet on the plaza of the Central Library, located on Forsyth Street, N.W., between Williams Street, N.W., and Carnegie Way, N.W. The closest MARTA station is Peachtree Center. There are also multiple parking garages located within a two-block radius. The tour will last ninety minutes. Headsets will be provided. Stools are available upon request.

In case of extreme weather, the tour will be rescheduled for Wednesday, October 27, at 2 p.m.

For questions or more information, please email lifelonglearning@high.org or call 404-733-5051.

About Your Instructor

Laura Morton smiling in a headshot.

Laura Morton is an architect who specializes in historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects throughout Atlanta and the Southeast, and in her ten-year career, she has completed numerous mixed-use/multifamily projects, hotels, commercial developments, and renovations, as well as a few new construction projects. She graduated cum laude from Oklahoma State University in 2010 with a bachelor of architecture and a minor in architectural history and theory. She is active in AIA Atlanta, currently serving on the board as secretary, and completed AIA Georgia’s Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program in 2019.

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