The City of Atlanta has completed a survey of mid-20th-century historic resources in Downtown, phase one of a multi-phased survey. Funded in part by a $10,500 Federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) Grant administered by the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the survey area includes nearly all of Downtown and more than 250 historic resources.
Historic resource surveys collect and record information about extant historic buildings. City or county governments generally undertake historic resource surveys for their communities as a first step in documenting historic resources for preservation planning purposes. Survey information typically includes an architectural description of the building, photographs, and field notes on its age, history, setting, and geographical location. Completed historic resource surveys can be used for a number of purposes, including: identifying buildings and districts for possible listing in the Georgia/ National Register of Historic Places; supporting the potential local designations of buildings and districts; aiding preservation and in general land-use planning; and increasing awareness of, and interest in, a community’s historic resources. Listing in the Georgia/National Register of Historic Places can have many benefits, including eligibility for tax incentives.