Carnegie Monument

Officially named: Education Pavilion

The Carnegie Education Pavilion (generally named the Carnegie Monument) is located in Atlanta’s Hardy Ivy Park. The 23-ft. tall marble pavilion was created from the downtown Carnegie Central Library’s facade in 1996. The Library dated to 1901 but in 1977, it was demolished to clear the way the Fulton County Library. The beaux-arts monument is honoring bot Atlanta’s higher education and the Carnegie legacy. It holds the seals of nine local universities and colleges that are embedded in its floor.

1180 Peachtree

Also referred to as Symphony Tower

This is the tower that symbolizes Atlanta’s emergence into the 21st Century. 1180 Peachtree embraces the new modernist style in skyscraper design, moving beyond the black glass of the 1960s, the white concrete of the 1970s, the beige stucco of the 1990s.

More importantly, it signals Atlanta’s intention to diverge from the urban examples like New York and Chicago that came before it. Instead of creating dark, smothering canyons, buildings like 1180 use natural light, setbacks, and podiums to create a more welcoming environment — one where skyscrapers can work with people and the environment, rather than oppress them.

A thoroughly modern tower, 1180 Peachtree’s facade exists as two parallel walls of blue-green glass under a grid of silver spandrels. As they reach the upper reaches of the building, they curve slightly inward. In practical terms, they shield the rooftop mechanical elements from being seen. Aesthetically, however, they create a sense of wonder; giving people an opportunity to imagine what might be up there. Art classes use this structure often as well. A hidden luxury penthouse? A private garden? An area for exclusive parties? While the truth is rather more mundane, an architect that can bring wonder to a viewer accomplishes a feat that motion picture directors strive for — to use their creation to evoke emotion in others.

This building’s external grid is supplemented by visible structural elements at the top of the building, supporting the curves. In a sense, this building has “good bones” and isn’t afraid to show them off. But they’re more than just decorative. Putting the metal elements on the outside creates more room for offices inside, and provides a small amount of shadows to help defray cooling costs. See also Impressive Atlanta Architecture 1.

Quick Facts

  • Construction start: 2005, Construction finish: 2006
  • Designed by: Kendall/Heaton Associates & Pickard Chilton Architects
  • Stories: 41
  • Maximum Height: 650 feet / 198 meters

191 Peachtree Tower

191 Peachtree Street, 30303 Atlanta

Quick Facts

  • Construction finish: 1990
  • Designed by: Kendall/Heaton Associates & Johnson/Burgee Architects
  • Stories: 50
  • Maximum Height: 770 feet / 235 meters

100 Colony Square

100 Colony Square NE, 30361 Atlanta,

  • Construction finish: 1970
  • Designed by: Jova/Daniels/Busby
  • Stories: 22
  • Maximum Height: 315 feet / 96 meters

40 Marietta

40 Marietta Street NW, 30303 Atlanta

Quick Facts

  • Construction finish: 1964
  • Designed by: Tomberlin and Sheetz
  • Stories: 17
  • Maximum Height: 239 feet / 73 meters

State of Georgia Building

Formerly: Wachovia Bank Building, First National Bank of Atlanta

Quick Facts

  • Construction finish: 1966
  • Designed by: FABRAP
  • Stories: 44
  • Maximum Height: 556 feet / 169 meters

One Park Tower

1 Park Place NE, 30303 Atlanta


Quick Facts

  • Construction finish: 1961
  • At the time of its opening, it was the highest building in Atlanta
  • Stories: 32
  • Maximum Height: 439 feet / 134 meters

Omni Hotel at CNN Center

Officially named: Omni Hotel North Tower


Quick Facts

  • Construction finish: 2003
  • Designed by: Culpepper, McAuliffe & Meaders
  • Stories: 28
  • Maximum Height: 309 feet / 94 meters