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The second annual Open House Atlanta event will open doors to more than 45 of Atlanta’s most recognizable landmarks, new developments and private spaces as part of a free, two-day architecture and design festival happening October 20-21. The inaugural event brought out more than 5,000 attendees, and this year’s festival promises to deliver new venues and experiences.
“Well designed buildings and public spaces create and sustain cities, and this event empowers the wider community to become more knowledgeable and make informed decisions about Atlanta’s future,” said Open House Worldwide Founder Victoria Thornton, who will be attending this year’s event in Atlanta.
With free admission, the Open House Atlanta event aims to provide broad audiences with unparalleled access to the extraordinary architecture of Atlanta. Through special programming and self-guided explorations, attendees can meet some of the people who design, build and preserve Atlanta and discuss how architecture influences the city as a unique place to live, work and grow.
“The festival is largely focused on our city’s variety of architecture, but there’s even more to see and discover than that,” said Midtown Alliance program manager for urban planning Lauren Bohn who also serves on the OHATL organizing committee. “For example, many of the sites have incredible historical significance, art collections, innovative workspaces, interior design, and unique views of the city. It’s truly an insider’s tour of Atlanta’s art, culture and business,” Bohn said.
Colony Square will be giving guests access to their helipad during Open House. | Image courtesy of Colony Square
Among the festival’s more unique sites are the helipad tour at Colony Square and the Laughing Skull green room at Peachtree Lofts. Midtown Atlanta is host to 19 sites on the festival tour, including:
6 Quick Plan-Ahead Tips for Making the Most of Open House Atlanta
Use the OHATL website to find the most up-to-date information and plan your itinerary.
Participating landmarks span across Midtown, Downtown, Old Fourth Ward and the Westside of Atlanta. Not every site has the same open hours and some may require reservations. You’ll get an event map at check-in, but the Open House Atlanta website is your best resource for the most up-to-date information.
Make a day of it and “linger longer.”
The festival is completely free, so there’s no reason to rush your visit. Instead, make a day of it by incorporating local restaurants, shopping, and culture stops as part of your Open House Atlanta experience. Linger Longer is a new festival initiative that offers food, drink and entertainment specials at participating venues surrounding the OHATL sites.
Take advantage of these Linger Longer offers to make the most of your Midtown visit:
- ENTERTAINMENT: Laughing Skull Lounge, 878 Peachtree Street. $5 off shows Saturday and Sunday.
- ART & GIFTS: EcoDenizen, 999 Peachtree Street. 20% discount on your purchase and free mini truffle while supplies last.
- FOOD & DRINK: Rose & RYE, 878 15th Street. Drink and appetizer specials from 5-7pm on Saturday and a special buffet brunch from 11am - 4pm on Sunday. $5 drink specials all weekend for Open House Atlanta guests.
Consider multiple transit options.
Think outside the car while avoiding traffic and parking costs by planning your visits around areas that are walkable. Consider using MARTA, ride-sharing services, or scooters like Bird and Lime to get to your destinations more efficiently.
Follow along on social media with #OHATL.
Be part of the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Find food and entertainment recommendations or share your favorite Open House Atlanta sites and photos using the hashtags: #OHATL and #LingerLonger.
If you have an interest in design and Atlanta architecture, consider volunteering for the event. In addition to sharing your passion for great design with other Atlantans, you’ll receive an Open House Atlanta t-shirt and get the chance to participate in the volunteer wrap party on Sunday. Sign up to volunteer on the OHATL website.
Use the IN*MidtownATL app to accompany your self-guided tour of Midtown.
Before you set off to explore Midtown’s architectural wonders, download the IN*MidtownATL app from iTunes or the Google Play store. Use the Discoveries section to find nearby architecture, public art, and historical points of interest that will add to your Open House Midtown experience.
Sponsored by the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects, in partnership with Central Atlanta Progress and Midtown Alliance, the Open House Atlanta festival is part of a larger network of Open House events that promotes education and appreciation of design and architecture across the globe.