Ray Ellis & LaBrie, Historic Preservation Consultant
Hotel Clermont is an adaptive reuse of a historic Atlanta hotel constructed in 1924 as the Bonaventure Arms Apartments. Located along a trolley car line, the apartment building embodied the transition from dense urban city centers towards suburban development made possible by the growing popularity of the automobile.
It was constructed near the newly developed Ford Motor Assembly Plant, built in 1916, and was followed in 1926 by the massive Sears Roebuck Building now known as Ponce City Market. In 1939, the apartment building was converted to a hotel. A 1958 document indicates the hotel had 100 rooms and 33 efficiency and one-bedroom furnished apartments. The building was eventually closed in 2009 after many years of decline.
Hotel Clermont has been renovated and reopened for use as a boutique hotel with 94 guestrooms, a gracious lobby bar and cafe. Amenities include a restaurant to serve hotel patrons and neighborhood residents, as well as a rooftop bar with a stunning view of the surrounding neighborhoods and the Midtown skyline. Although outside the scope of this project, great care was taken to ensure the continuous operation of the Clermont Lounge, a famous Atlanta landmark operated in the basement of the building.
The historic preservation effort included window replacement and the restoration of the exterior brick and historic signage. Extensive interior work included restoration of interior terrazzo, plaster and trim. Structural repairs and rehabilitation of the central grand staircase were required to meet current building codes. Due to these efforts, the building is a candidate for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Daily World
Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence 2015
Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Excellence in Rehabilitation 2015
National Trust for Historic Preservation No.2 of Top Ten Saves 2014
Located on 145 Auburn Ave, The Daily World Building was a home to Atlanta's oldest African-American-owned daily newspaper. In 2008 the building was heavily damaged by a tornado, and the newspaper moved to a new site in East Point. The building continued a slow decline through 2012 when plans were announced to sell the site and demolish the structure. The Historic District Development Corporation, whose mission is preservation in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic District, launched an online petition to save the building.
Finally purchased in January of 2014 by a group of preservation inclined real estate partners, the building and grounds are now listed on the National Historic Register, with complete renovation commencing late summer. Retail/Office space will occupy the sidewalk level, directly on Atlanta's new street car route, with residences above.
Real estate developer and Sidewalk Radio host, Gene Kansas, who purchased the building in January this year says that it is a project with great potential and he is intending to bring it back to its former vibrancy.
photos of prior to renovation credit: Artem Nazarov
A 1911 structure built as a baptist tabernacle serves today as a 2,600-seat performance venue. The work on this historic building includes ongoing improvements since 2006, as well as the renovation after damage caused by the March 2008 tornado.
The Mellen Parts Company building is a modern, mid-century auto garage. Partnership of of Gamble + Gamble and EpiCity proposes renovation to create office and work studios along with a restaurant space and rooftop deck overlooking the Midtown and Downtown skylines.