The Making of Modern Atlanta: John Portman, Architect

October 2,2013

October 5th, 2013
8:30 AM
303 Peachtree Center Avenue NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Docomomo US, Georgia Chapter is pleased to announce their upcoming tour and special presentation, scheduled for October 5th, as part of the seventh annual national Docomomo Tour Day.

The focus of this year’s event is the development of downtown Atlanta and the significant impact of the work of John C. Portman, Jr. upon the city and ultimately the world. The tour begins with refreshments and a reception in the atrium space of SunTrust Plaza Garden Offices (2000) followed by a walking tour of John Portman’s key downtown buildings, including Peachtree Center (1961 through 2008) and the trio of influential hotels, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta (1967), the Westin Peachtree Plaza (1976) and the Atlanta Marriott Marquis (1985). The tour also includes an opportunity to visit to spaces not normally open to the public, including the AmericasMart buildings (note that the final tour itinerary is subject to revision).

Preceding the tour will be a special presentation by Mickey Steinberg, Senior Advisor of Portman Holdings, who joined the Portman organization in 1961. Mr. Steinberg has a long history of working with both John Portman & Associates and Portman Holdings, and served as executive vice president of the Portman Companies from the 1960s through the 1980s.

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Due to the nature of building access on the tour, a limited number of spaces are available and tour goers are required to RSVP. Please send your RSVP to as soon as possible. Tickets are $5 for Docomomo members and $10 for non-members and will be available for purchase prior to the tour October 5th, cash or credit card.

The Chapter invites all participants to join them for a late lunch in the Sun Dial restaurant atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza afterwards. The Sun Dial offers a dramatic perspective of downtown and an enjoyable dining experience. A separate RSVP is required for the à la carte lunch and is not included with tour admission.

Georgia’s Tour Day 2013 event is organized by the Georgia Chapter and these supporters:

• John Portman & Associates
• Portman Holdings
• AmericasMart Atlanta
• The Office of Kwanza Hall
• Central Atlanta Progress
• Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

About Docomomo US: Docomomo US (Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement in the United States) is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit organization consisting of a union of 14 regional chapters and 3 friend organizations that share its members’ knowledge of and enthusiasm for the Modern Movement. Docomomo US was founded in the United States in 1995 and was incorporated into its present organizational structure in 1997.

Mission: Docomomo US’ mission is to exchange knowledge, stimulate interest, educate the public, and advocate for the appropriate protection and preservation of significant modern buildings, sites, neighborhoods and landscapes in the United States. We aim to encourage a sense of regional and national pride for the rich legacy of the Modern Movement within the United States.

About the Georgia Chapter:   Founded in 2003, the Chapter strives to increase public and professional awareness of Georgia’s Modern Heritage through organized events and tours, development of Internet resources, documentation, and outreach to other preservation organizations and professional groups. Learn more about Modern Georgia at