Demolition is underway on part of the historic Crum & Forster building in Midtown to make way for a new 24-story building for Georgia Tech’s High Performance Computing Center for Modeling and Simulation. Built in 1928 as the southern branch of the Crum and Forster Insurance Company, the building was designed by the same architecture firm responsible for Rockefeller Center and the United Nations Buillding.
After the Crum & Forster building was placed on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2009 Places in Peril list, preservationists fought for years – including court battles – to force Georgia Tech to keep the building, which faces Spring Street, as part of Technology Square. In January of this year, a Fulton County Superior Court Judge ordered Georgia Tech to keep the front third of the building and incorporate it into the design of the computing center. The rendering below shows the Crum & Forster facade as part of the 695,000-square-foot tower.
Georgia Tech will occupy about half of the building while leasing the other portions of the tower to “commercial companies whose uses are supportive of the project’s objectives,” according to Tech’s website. The ground floor and lobby of the building will be used for retail.