Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but only one work of architecture gets the honors of Georgia’s most beautiful in this year’s Business Insider readers’ picks.
While the Peach State is home to some historical and sky-scraping wonders like the Flatiron, Bank of America Plaza, Capitol, the beloved High Museum of Art or Fox Theatre, it’s Atlanta’s Westin Peachtree Plaza that won over most hearts.
The convention center hotel was the tallest hotel in the world during its inception in 1976, according to developer Portman Holdings. It was originally built on a site for the Georgia Governor’s Mansion until it was demolished in 1923, before the Henry Grady Hotel emerged.
In 1981, the Westin was featured in the Burt Reynolds film, “Sharky’s Machine.” And big-name celebrities such as Mick Jagger, James Brown and Ringo Starr have either stayed or dined at the hotel over the years.
With 80,000 square of meeting space, 73 stories and 1,073 rooms, the 723-foot Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel is one of the most recognizable skyscrapers in Atlanta. Today, it’s the 23rd tallest all-hotel building in the world, but remains the tallest hotel in the Southeastern United States.
Atop the hotel is the famous former rotating Sun Dial Bar & Restaurant with 360-degree views of the city.
The building is also the largest convention hotel in the Southeast to be Green Seal certified, making it an industry leader in environmentally efficient architecture.
Though it’s a beloved spot for celebratory drinks and dinners, the Sun Dial restaurant made headlines last year when a 5-year-old died from a head injury after getting caught in the Sun Dial’s rotating wall.
The boy’s parents filed a lawsuit against the hotel claiming negligence. Marriott International, Inc., which owns the Westin Peachtree Hotel and the Sun Dial restaurant, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, LLC were named in the suit.
“Due to the pending litigation, we are not commenting on the matter,” Marriott International, Inc. spokesman Jeff Flaherty told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an email last November.
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