Phoenix Flies, the Atlanta Preservation Middle’s annual occasion that features excursions of historic locations in Atlanta, is in full swing this month. One of many greater than 90 occasions going down throughout the pageant contains the “MARTA-tecture” tour, highlighting the structure in and round a number of MARTA rail stations.
The tour is being led by the Georgia chapter of Docomomo, a global group whose identify is a play on their overarching mission, the documentation and conservation of buildings and landscapes of the Trendy Motion.
A lot of Atlanta’s architectural panorama was formed throughout the Trendy Motion after World Warfare II.
“All the pieces from Portman’s Peachtree Middle downtown to Jova/Daniels/Busby’s Colony Sq. and the Woodruff Arts Middle and the interstates and all of that, that's Atlanta,” mentioned Chris Lawrence, president of the Georgia Chapter of Docomomo and MARTA-tecture tour chief.
A part of that Trendy architectural panorama contains MARTA, the main target of Docomomo’s upcoming tour.
“The planners who had been concerned [in designing MARTA’s rail stations] early on understood the significance of getting fantastically proficient architects design these stations and all the stations are designed by totally different architects," Lawrence mentioned. "So that you get these very private touches throughout your entire system in a manner that almost all transportation structure doesn’t obtain.”
The tour will spotlight the structure in and round three stations: 5 Factors, Peachtree Middle, and North Avenue.
Lawrence mentioned that whereas all stations have one thing to supply, 5 Factors has earned a particular place in his coronary heart. “It takes a whole lot of cues from basic, central practice stations, but it surely’s all carried out and interpreted by means of the lens of Modernism. However you may have the identical kind of rising up from beneath and discovering your self in a big atrium area that’s ethereal and vibrant and really a lot a ‘Welcome to Atlanta’ writ in concrete and polished granite.
Docomomo’s MARTA-tecture tour takes place Saturday, March 25 at 10 a.m., starting at 5 Factors station downtown.