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A proposed rendering of the restoration of 143 Alabama Street, one the last Art Moderne buildings in the city of Atlanta.
Courtesy of Pope & Land and Place Properties

The historic Atlanta Constitution building downtown at 143 Alabama St. is run-down and has been vacant for more than 40 years.

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But an Invest Atlanta document made public this week shows two developers are proposing to preserve what is one of the city's last remaining "Art Moderne" buildings, an architecture style involving a streamlined, curvy exterior.

The Plaza Theatre in Atlanta is one of the first to show the movie, The Interview.
Molly Samuel / WABE file photo

The Atlanta Department of City Planning wants to give a special landmark status to several sites around the city.

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One is the Ponce de Leon Avenue shopping center, including the Plaza Theatre and the Majestic Diner. Built in 1938, the city said it was the first complex in Atlanta to offer off-street parking for visitors.

The Atlanta Urban Design Commission approved that nomination Wednesday, calling it a "no brainer." 

GSU Class Gives Back By Focusing On Atlanta's History

Mar 27, 2017
Pratt-Pullman Yard is part of the Kirkwood National Register of Historic Places listing.
Dan Raby / WABE

Atlanta is full of history. And a graduate class at Georgia State University has been successful in preserving some of it.

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Each year, Richard Laub, Director of the Heritage Preservation Master's Degree Program, picks a neighborhood in the metro-Atlanta area for his students try to get onto the National Register of Historic Places.

It's an idea that started in 2001.

Group Working To Get Historic Status For East Atlanta

Mar 8, 2017
A map of the area of East Atlanta that residents want to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Miranda Hawkins / WABE

There's a push to get East Atlanta placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The East Atlanta Community Association is sponsoring the nomination, and Georgia State graduate students are working on the draft to submit for the application.

Stephanie Cherry-Farmer, a historic preservationist and the project coordinator with the community association, lives the area. With all the development in the area, now is the time to apply, according to her. 

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In his recent article for ArtsATL, architect Michael Kahn wrote that “Atlanta is a city that is often accused of forgetting its past. Indeed, as progress plows ahead and the heart of the city bustles with new development, older buildings are often cast aside as worthless, either replaced by or surrounded by monotonous, anonymous gleaming glass towers.”