The Atlanta Preservation Center will host its annual event, The Phoenix Flies, from Saturday, March 5, to Sunday, March 20. This city-wide celebration provides free access to more than 40 historic sites integral to Atlanta’s rich heritage.

The celebration was created in 2003 by The Atlanta Preservation Center as a way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the dramatic rescue of the Fox Theatre, an event that changed Atlanta’s preservation outlook forever.

Since that time, the celebration has won an Award of Excellence from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, a Preservation Award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, presented over 1,000 events and provided a better understanding of Atlanta’s rich heritage to over 18,000 individuals.

This year’s celebration highlights include:

  • A visit with some of Atlanta’s best storytellers at the Wren’s Nest
  • An afternoon of conversation at Atlanta’s only antebellum structure at The Atlanta Preservation’s home, the L.P. Grant Mansion
  • A 10 mile bicycle tour of Atlanta’s Historic Districts
  • Insight as to why cemeteries are reservoirs of cultural and historic information
  • Tours featuring one of our City’s important landscape features of tree canopy, including the Atlanta area’s tallest tree in Deepdene Park.

The Atlanta Preservation Center was founded in 1980. Its mission is promoting preservation of Atlanta’s architecturally, historically and culturally significant buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes through education and advocacy.

Further information about the celebration is available at or by calling (404) 688-3353.

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.