Crum & Forster Building

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The Crum & Forster Building in 2017

The Crum & Forster Building is a 1928 three-story building with a Renaissance façade with columns and arches located at 771 Spring Street at Tech Square in Midtown Atlanta.

History[edit]

The building was designed in 1926 by a team of New York and Atlanta architects — Ed Ivey and Lewis Crook, both Georgia Tech graduates who helped establish the Architecture program at Georgia Tech in 1908..,[1] and opened in 1928 as a regional office for a national insurance firm.[2]

In 2007, the Georgia Tech Foundation purchased the building, and sought permits to demolish the building as part of a plan to expand Technology Square.[1] Preservationists fought the demolition and in August 2009, the Atlanta City Council and Mayor Shirley Franklin granted the building protective status as a historic landmark.[3] The Georgia Tech Foundation appealed this decision. They instead purchased an adjoining property where a SunTrust Banks branch was previously located. In September 2013, the Georgia Tech Foundation demolished two-thirds of the Crum & Forster Building, leaving only part of its facade, to clear space for a High Performance Computing Center mid-rise.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Auchmutey, Jim (July 10, 2008). "Feud at Georgia Tech over landmark building". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Atlanta, GA. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ Fight to save historic Crum & Forster continues; Georgia Tech has big plans for block", Saporta Report, November 14, 2011
  3. ^ Kaplan, TJ (February 25, 2011). "Fate of Crum & Forster to be determined". The Technique. Atlanta, GA. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ Wheatley, Thomas (September 3, 2013). "The historic Crum & Forster building's rear portion is gone". Creative Loafing. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 

Coordinates: 33°46′32.5″N 84°23′19″W / 33.775694°N 84.38861°W / 33.775694; -84.38861