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Open House Atlanta: Your ticket to see inside ATL’s hidden architectural gems

Inaugural Atlanta event opens doors to 40+ buildings Oct. 21 – 22

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta - Monetary Museum is among one of the sites for Open House Atlanta 

Ever walked past an interesting building and thought, "I wish I could see what's inside?" For one weekend in October, you’ll get the opportunity to do just that. Taking place October 21 and 22, the inaugural Open House Atlanta will provide a free backstage pass to some of the City’s newest and most historic buildings.

40+ Iconic ATL Buildings to Open Their Doors for a Look Inside

Based on the popular program held in 20+ major cities around the world, Open House Atlanta offers a glimpse inside Atlanta’s iconic architecture and history. Atlanta is among four US cities participating,including New York, Chicago and San Diego. This year’s festival will give architecture and design buffs access to more than 40 locations, with over half of the tour stops located right in Midtown Atlanta. Patrons can also find tour stops in Downtown Atlanta and Buckhead.

The event is a collaboration between the American Institute of Architects Atlanta chapter, Central Atlanta Progress, Buckhead Community Improvement District and Midtown Alliance.

“Architecture shapes the built environment in which we live,” said Lauren Bohn, program manager for urban design and placemaking at Midtown Alliance. “Open House Atlanta is an opportunity to get an inside look at our City’s architectural gems that are otherwise off-limits, uncover stories about the places we already know, and find new stories and points of interest hidden in the built environment all around us.”

See Inside Midtown’s Hidden Gems

In this inaugural year in Atlanta, Open House sites will range from luxury apartments and cultural centers to unique office spaces, and some overlooked by everyday foot traffic.

Of the 23 sites located in Midtown, here are some hidden gems worth visiting:

Baltimore Block

Located in the south end of Midtown, the Baltimore Block is a group of 14 brick townhomes built in the late 19th century. Of the original 14 townhomes, eight remain under the protection of the National Register of Historic Places.

Peachtree Lofts

Hidden in between high rises, the Peachtree Lofts once housed multiple government agencies, including the Department of Agriculture and the CDC. Vacated in the 70’s, the offices were converted into lofts in 1995.

Rose & Rye at the Castle 

The Castle, also known as Fort Peace, was originally constructed to be the home of an Atlanta businessman. Over time, the home has been neglected – even threatened to be torn down. With an ownership change in recent years, the Castle will get a second shot and be converted into a restaurant in the coming months.

Explore your City on October 21 & 22

Get more information and plan your weekend tour of all the sites at OHAtl.org. Follow Open House Atlanta on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Get Involved: Volunteers Wanted

Open House Atlanta is now recruiting volunteers to staff the event. Please consider joining the event by volunteering for a shift, or spread the word by sharing this link:  http://signup.com/go/SMRqSFH 

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