Atlantans who have never seen inside the Burns Cottage or wandered the narrow streets of Whittier Mill Village will have the chance to explore some of the city’s historic and architectural gems during The Atlanta Preservation Center’s Phoenix Flies.
The 2010 Phoenix Flies kicks off March 6 and runs through March 22. During the 17 days of Phoenix Flies, visitors will enjoy exploring some of the city’s most treasured historic sites, including homes, churches, neighborhoods, cemeteries and schools.
The list of more than 160 free events also features art centers, a bed and breakfast inn and theaters. Scheduled events include bus, bicycle and walking tours, lectures, exhibits, story telling, puppet-making demonstrations and more.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Atlanta Preservation Center and its efforts to preserve the city’s architectural and landscape heritage, as well as the seventh time the APC has organized Phoenix Flies.
“Preservation is a varied enterprise that includes many, many things that most people don’t realize are a part of their day-to-day lives,” said APC executive director Boyd Coons. “Phoenix Flies celebrates the mission of the APC and the missions of our 45-plus preservation partners, all of whom are striving to make Atlanta a better place with a richer built environment.”
New to this year’s Phoenix lineup are: Atlanta Beltline Inc., Burns Club cottage in Ormewood Park, Castleberry Hill, Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead, Center for Puppetry Arts, Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, The Stacks at Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill, Grady Memorial Hospital, New Hope AME Church in Buckhead, Paideia School, The Ponce, Southeast Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, Stonehurst Place Bed and Breakfast, Whittier Mill Village neighborhood and WonderRoot Arts organization.
Some of the returning organizations/sites: Academy of Medicine, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta History Center and Margaret Mitchell House, Harmony Grove Cemetery in Buckhead, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Herndon Home, Oakland Cemetery, Ivy Hall, Olmstead Linear Park, The Temple, Wren’s Nest, Trees Atlanta and many more.
All of the Phoenix events are free and open to the public. For a complete listing of places, times and dates, visit www.phoenixflies.org.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

2 replies on “Phoenix Flies offers historic tours”

  1. Two Convenient Midtown Tours!

    Tues March 16th the Historic Midtown Guided Tour starts at 2:45pm on the front porch following the 1:30pm guided tour of Stonehurst Place Bed & Breakfast… be sure to catch them both!

    from http://www.PhoenixFlies.org:
    Step back into Midtown Atlanta’s origins at the 1883 Peters House and its surrounding streets. This turn-of-the-century neighborhood is rich in its variety of residential architectural styles and stories of notable residents.

    Meet walking tour guide on the front porch of Stonehurst Place Bed & Breakfast, 923 Piedmont Ave 30309. The Historic Midtown walking tour follows the 1:30 pm tour of Stonehurst.

    Presented by : The Atlanta Preservation Center, http://www.preserveatlanta.com

  2. Two Convenient Midtown Tours!
    Tues March 16th the Historic Midtown Guided Tour starts at 2:45pm on the front porch following the 1:30pm guided tour of Stonehurst Place Bed & Breakfast… be sure to catch them both!
    from http://www.PhoenixFlies.org:
    Step back into Midtown Atlanta’s origins at the 1883 Peters House and its surrounding streets. This turn-of-the-century neighborhood is rich in its variety of residential architectural styles and stories of notable residents.
    Meet walking tour guide on the front porch of Stonehurst Place Bed & Breakfast, 923 Piedmont Ave 30309. The Historic Midtown walking tour follows the 1:30 pm tour of Stonehurst.
    Presented by : The Atlanta Preservation Center, http://www.preserveatlanta.com

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