The Candler Hotel Atlanta, Curio Collection by Hilton

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Discover Candler Hotel Atlanta, Curio Collection by Hilton, which occupies the Candler Building established by the founder of Coca-Cola.

Candler Hotel Atlanta, Curio Collection by Hilton was constructed at the dawn of the 20th century, in which the United States had started to emerge as a global superpower.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Candler Hotel Atlanta, Curio Collection by Hilton, has been a renowned icon in Georgia’s capital city for more than a century. Many hail the building as an exceptional specimen of American engineering from the early twentieth-century. Constructed in 1904, the whole structure was the brainchild of a prominent local businessman named Asa G. Candler. Candler, who had risen to fame as the founder of the Coca-Cola empire, had long desired to construct a magnificent commercial edifice in downtown Atlanta that would epitomize his illustrious personal achievements. To fulfill this lifelong aspiration, he directed his financial firm—the Candler Investment Company—to purchase a unique triangular lot once inhabited by the city’s First Methodist Church. It did not come cheaply, as the Candler Investment Company offered a substantial $160,000 dollar investment for the real estate, which would cost 4.5 million dollars today.

As soon as the ink had dried on the deal, Candler set about making his dream into a reality. The project turned out to be a mammoth undertaking. Architects George R. Murphy and George Stewart supervised its development, spreading out the work among many different contractors from across the country. Large quantities of beautiful Amicolola marble were imported directly by Atlanta Marble, while the Milwaukee-based American Cleaning Company installed the building’s vast electrical infrastructure. Incredibly talented craftsmen under the watchful eye of F.B. Miles were hired to sculpt the stunning array of ornate wall decorations that still proliferate the building today. The most daunting job of all fell to the American Bridge Company, as Murphy and Stewart tasked the firm with the creation of the structure’s towering frame. The assignment proved to be so great that the American Bridge Company had to use over 3,000 tons of steel and iron just to complete it.

When Candler’s impressive 17-story skyscraper finally debuted, it was a breathtaking sight to behold. Christened as the Candler Building, it featured some of the finest amenities and design aesthetics of its day. Dramatic Beaux-Arts style architecture adorned the imposing façade, defined by a pair of marvelous Corinthian pillars and a highly elaborate rooftop cornice. Brilliant carvings wrapped around its exterior, showing the busts of countless historical intellectuals like William Shakespeare, Richard Wagner, and Michelangelo. Inside, the building possessed floors filled with white marble and red mahogany woodwork. Drawn by its irresistible allure, a number of the city’s leading professionals quickly occupied the building’s office space shortly after its grand opening. The Central Bank & Trust Corporation, a predecessor of Bank of America, even called the Candler Building home for some time. Over the last few years, the location has operated as a luxurious boutique hotel. Now known as The Candler Hotel Atlanta, Curio Collection by Hilton, the skyscraper continues to be among Atlanta’s most luxurious landmarks.

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    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Candler Hotel Atlanta, Curio Collection by Hilton, has been a renowned icon in Georgia’s capital city for more than a century. Many hail the building as an exceptional specimen of American engineering from the early twentieth-century. Constructed in 1904, the whole structure was the brainchild of a prominent local businessman named Asa G. Candler. Candler, who had risen to fame as the founder of the Coca-Cola empire, had long desired to construct a magnificent commercial edifice in downtown Atlanta that would epitomize his illustrious personal achievements. The project turned out to be a mammoth undertaking. Architects George R. Murphy and George Stewart supervised its development, spreading out the work among many different contractors from across the country. Large quantities of beautiful Amicolola marble were imported directly by Atlanta Marble, while the Milwaukee-based American Cleaning Company installed the building’s vast electrical infrastructure. Incredibly talented craftsmen under the watchful eye of F.B. Miles were hired to sculpt the stunning array of ornate wall decorations that still proliferate the building today. The most daunting job of all fell to the American Bridge Company, as Murphy and Stewart tasked the firm with the creation of the structure’s towering frame. The assignment proved to be so great that the American Bridge Company had to use over 3,000 tons of steel and iron just to complete it. When Candler’s impressive 17-story skyscraper finally debuted, it was a breathtaking sight to behold. Christened as the Candler Building, it featured some of the finest amenities and design aesthetics of its day. Dramatic Beaux-Arts style architecture adorned the imposing façade, defined by a pair of marvelous Corinthian pillars and a highly elaborate rooftop cornice. Brilliant carvings wrapped around its exterior, showing the busts of countless historical intellectuals like William Shakespeare, Richard Wagner, and Michelangelo. Inside, the building possessed floors filled with white marble and red mahogany woodwork.

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