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The Georgian Terrace

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History

The history of the esteemed Georgian Terrace Hotel is swept up in tendrils of romance and glamour. As one of the first hotels to be built outside of Atlanta's downtown business district, The Georgian Terrace Hotel cost a mere $500,000 and was constructed in a Beaux Arts style by architect William Lee Stoddart. The concept of the hotel was a Southern interpretation of a Parisian hotel. Classic architectural details such as turreted corners, Palladian-style windows, decorative terra cotta, crystal chandeliers, and wrap-around terraces are featured throughout the hotel.

The Georgian Terrace Hotel opened its doors in October of 1911 to much fanfare which included a Spanish orchestra in the Grand Ballroom. Thousands of guests from Atlanta and elsewhere attended the opening ceremonial parties.

Since that auspicious opening day, The Georgian Terrace has been a tremendous patron of the performing arts. Beginning in 1913, Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso, and the rest of the Metropolitan Opera, used the landmark Georgian Terrace as their home base whenever they were in town performing their spring concert.

In the 1920s, Arthur Murray started teaching dance lessons in the Grand Ballroom which eventually spun out into his franchise-branded dance lesson business.

In 1935, Harold Latham, an editor for a publishing company was visiting the hotel, scouting for new writers and manuscripts. Through a mutual acquaintance, he was introduced to Margaret Mitchell Marsh and told about her novel about Atlanta during the Civil War and Reconstruction. He was very interested, but he failed to obtain the manuscript from her. Latham finally got the manuscript from her as he was about to leave town.

The manuscript was Gone With the Wind which was published in 1936 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937. In December of 1939, The Georgian Terrace hosted the Gone With the Wind Gala after the movie's premiere in downtown Atlanta. In attendance was everyone including Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, and other stars of the movie.

The list of celebrities doesn't stop there. Other notable guests of the historic Georgian Terrace include Calvin Coolidge, Helen Keller, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tallulah Bankhead, Walt Disney, and Elvis Presley.

In the 1970s, concert promoters Alex Cooley and Mark Golob, turned the Grand Ballroom into the Electric Ballroom and brought famous, modern acts such as Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Patti Smith, and the Ramones.

The 1980s, the Georgian Hotel revenues had been declining steadily and its doors shut and it was slated for demolition. As luck would have it, the landmark Midtown Atlanta hotel was listed as part of the historic Fox Theater District, which saved it from its rubble-y fate.

The 1990s were the dawning of a new era for The Georgian Terrace, as it saw a 19-story wing added to the building. The hotel underwent major renovations in 2000 and 2009 and is now as spectacular and elegant as it was back in its heyday of movie stars and elegance.

The Georgian Terrace, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2001, dates back to 1911.


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