Crews from Charleston-based LowCountry Demolition had been slowly gutting the interior of the building over the last two weeks while preservationist Kyle Kessler and the activist group Historic Atlanta fought to save the building. They filed a last-ditch lawsuit last week against Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and City Planning Commissioner Tim Keane, saying the city did not allow for due process when deciding to demolish the building, which lies across the street from the SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel and Centennial Olympic Park.
Work crews began heavy demolition Thursday morning and used an excavator to begin knocking down brick walls, even as Kessler and an attorney were trying to get a stop-work order at the Fulton County Superior Court. Though a sizable chunk of building was destroyed Thursday, the facade and much of the front end remains intact.
“It was tough watching more of the historic recording studio be demolished,” Kessler said. “But I’m thankful we still have what remains, and I’ll continue to advocate for its preservation.”
You can read our story about the fight to save the historic building here.