Atlanta Preservation Center program offers free tours of city’s historic sites

Phoenix Flies allows you to take a look inside historic properties across the city for free

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Want to get an inside look at some of the city’s most notable historic sites? The Atlanta Preservation Center’s Phoenix Flies programming offers just that — and for free.

The event series, back for the 17th year, kicks off on March 7 and continues through March 29.

For three weeks, spaces across the city will be opened up to visitors for an inside look.

“Phoenix Flies is our paean to preservation in Atlanta. It celebrates the variety and vitality of our history and those who made and sustain it,” F.H. Boyd Coons, executive director of the Atlanta Preservation Center said in promotional materials for the programming.

Healey Building, 57 Forsyth St. NE, Morgan and Dillon, architects. Designed by well-known Atlanta architects, Morgan and Dillon, in association with W.T. Downing, the Healey Building was completed in 1913.  (AJC file photo)

Credit: Bill Mahan

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Credit: Bill Mahan

The preservation center, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, was founded by a group of Atlantans wanting to “enrich Atlanta’s future by preserving its past,” according to the center.

Phoenix Flies started in 2003 as a way to celebrate the renovation of the historic Fox Theater.

Nearly two decades later, the tours now take visitors inside a whole host of spaces, from the Atlanta Opera to the Fulton County Courthouse.

Throughout the three weeks, there are also tours of neighborhoods across Atlanta, from Castleberry Hill to Little Five Points and Summerhill.

There will also be tours of places like the downtown Healey Building, Hotel Clermont and the Plaza Theatre.

Plaza Theatre In Atlanta GA November 10, 2017. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC

Credit: Steve Schaefer

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Credit: Steve Schaefer

It's an opportunity to learn how the city's future is informed by its past. In total, the programming will include more than 100 partners and more than 200 free events across the city. For a full list of events and information on how to register, visit the Atlanta Preservation Center's website here.


The 2020 Phoenix Flies Celebration
March 7-29
Various locations and times across the city
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