The historic Excelsior Mill and former Masquerade music venue along Atlanta’s North Avenue partially collapsed in a construction mishap. The building, which neighbors Ponce City Market and the new Beltline Kroger, is in the process of being renovated into an office complex. (Photos courtesy of Coro Realty and Southeastern Capital)

City official says former Masquerade will be restored following partial collapse

Late last month, Atlanta’s historic DuPre Excelsior Mill and former Masquerade music venue along North Avenue partially collapsed in a construction mishap.

The incident quickly drew fury online from those lamenting the loss as another side effect in the city’s rapid development. 

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However, now an official says the building will be restored to its former glory. Well, at least partially. 

The city’s planning commissioner Tim Keane told Curbed Atlanta that the developers at the site, Coro Realty and Southeastern Capital, will work to restore the damaged building as much as possible.

“We expect they will rebuild using the preserved, original material. There is no deadline for completion of plans but they want to move as quickly as possible,” Keane told Curbed. “In the meantime, they are protecting the original material and what remains of the structure.”

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The pair of developers have been in the process of renovating the historic building into office space.

In a prepared statement following the collapse of the eastern wall, they said it likely happened because of “excavation work being done on site in accordance with the structural engineers specifications.”

No one was injured during the collapse, the developers said. 

The building was originally constructed in 1890, when it was home to the historic Excelsior Mill. More recently, it was home to The Masquerade before the music venue relocated to Underground Atlanta.

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The developers purchased the building in 2016. Last month, they released renderings and their plans to renovate the property into office space. 

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