The Atlanta Preservation Center will host the 9th annual The Phoenix Flies: A City-Wide Celebration of Living Landmarks from Saturday, March 10, through Sunday, March 25.

New this year is thte additon of performing and visual arts to showcase the history and inspiration from the city’s historic sites. Some highlights:

  • A photography exhibit at the LP Grant Mansion presented in partnership with Stephanie Dowda and WonderRoot.
  • Full Radius Dance is being commissioned to create a site specific work at White Provision on the Westside.
  • The Atlanta Chapter of the American Organist Guild will present both a full evening concert at First Presbyterian and a progressive concert at three of downtown’s oldest churches: the Shine, Central Presbyterian and Trinity United Methodist.
  • Historic South-View Preservation Foundation is developing a unique literary tour that will include readings penned by several of its important residents.

There will also be a focus on adaptive reuse as a means of preservation, including a visit to the Kriegshaber House, now the successful Wrecking Bar Brew Pub and host to weddings, community meetings and dance classes.

Also slated is a guided tour of White Provision, a former meat packing house, which is now home to offices, boutiques, restaurants and residences.

Visitors will also get to check the progress of the former Sears and City Hall East building on Ponce de Leon Avene, which is being transformed into Ponce City Market. The developer will host a guided tour and discuss the plans to adapt the building’s two million square feet into a mix of retail, dining and residences.

Other events will include storytelling at The Wren’s Nest, a guided walking tour of the Ponce de Leon corridor, bicycle tours of the cit’s historic districts and a tour of Atlanta’s longest operation.

Further information about the 170 events happening at Phoenix Flies, visit preserveatlanta.com.

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.