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The Spring Hill location was designed by the late architect Philip T. Shutze, who is famed for his many works including Swan House and Rhodes House. Spring Hill has held funerals for notable figures such as former mayors Ivan Allen Jr. and William B. Hartsfield, Hartsfield's widow and Margaret Mitchell.
The agreement with the property owner includes protection for the main building, the front lawn and the north garden, Midtown Alliance says. The historical designation protects it against future development and ensures the front of the building and garden can be seen from Spring Street. The building’s interior is excluded from protection.
The effort to save the building was not new. In 2000, the executive director of the city's Urban Design Commission at the time said the funeral home did merit the historic designation of a landmark — but the commission had been too short-staffed to get to it.
The site gained historical landmark status in August.
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