Georgia-Pacific TowerGeorgia-Pacific Tower Information Location Atlanta, Georgia, USAStatus Complete Constructed 1979-1982Use office Height Roof 697 ft. (212 m) Technical details Floor count 52 Companies Architect Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Georgia-Pacific Tower is a 697 foot (212 m) tall skyscraper in downtown Atlanta. It contains 52 stories of office space and was finished in 1982. It has a stair-like design that staggers down to the ground, and is clad in pinkish granite.
The tower is on the former site of the Loew's Grand Theatre, where the premiere for the 1939 film Gone with the Wind was held. The theatre could not be demolished because of its landmark status; when it burned down in 1978, clearing the way for the tower, some locals found the circumstances to be mysterious and perhaps more than coincidental.
The architectural firm that built it was the famous Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. The tower is the world headquarters of Georgia-Pacific. Other tenants include consulting firm McKinsey & Company and the downtown branch of the High Museum of Art, which opened in 1986.
On March 14, 2008, the Georgia Pacific Building sustained minor damage when a tornado tore through downtown Atlanta. A number of windows were blown out. It was the first tornado to hit the downtown area since weather record keeping began in the 1880s.
Notes and References
- ^ Tornado Kills, 2 Pummels Downtown by Tim Eberly and Paul Shea for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, March 15, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2008.
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