Architects’ Perspective of Developing Urban Atlanta Showcased in New Exhibition

Rendering Atlanta presents, for the first time ever, the most detailed and beautiful architectural renderings from the Atlanta History Center’s extensive collections beginning October 23, 2013 in the Kenan Research Center. This free exhibition is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm through February 28, 2014. In this display of more than a century of architectural design, visitors see the carefully selected sample of twenty-seven renderings as well as the tools used to create these colorful illustrations of Atlanta’s homes, schools, churches, and other notable buildings and landscapes.

Atlanta has experienced a process of continuous change since its founding, an evolution visible through the architectural designs of the city’s structures. Visitors to the exhibit will have the opportunity to view images ranging from the 1853 rendering of a car shed at the Union Station Passenger Depot to 1967-1975 depictions of buildings in the Peachtree Center and the earliest conceptual renderings of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Other featured original renderings include the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Fourth National Bank, and Georgia Tech YMCA as well as works created by the Morgan and Dillon, Hentz, Adler & Shutze, Portman and Associates, and others.

These images give just a glimpse of the collection that the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center preserves. Available for research, the collection of 3,700 architectural jobs, including floor plans, technical drawings, architectural plans and elevations, and renderings not only guide restoration projects, but also provide for a better understanding of the area’s buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes. Accessing the research materials at the Kenan Research Center is free of charge. Hours of operation and research information can be found online at


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The Atlanta History Center is an all-inclusive destination featuring the Atlanta History Museum; two historic houses, 1928 Swan House and 1860 Smith Family Farm; the Centennial Olympic Games Museum; Kenan Research Center; Grand Overlook event space; Chick-Fil-A at the Coca-Cola Café, a museum shop, and the Goizueta Gardens, featuring 22 acres of gardens, walkways, paths and trails. In addition, the History Center operates the Margaret Mitchell House located in Midtown Atlanta.