Georgia Railroad Freight Depot

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Georgia Railroad Freight Depot
Georgia Railroad Freight Depot plaque.JPG
Plaque in front of depot shows building when it had the upper floors and cupola.
General information
Address 65 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SE
Town or city Downtown Atlanta
Country US
Coordinates 33°45′06″N 84°23′20″W / 33.751683°N 84.38875°W / 33.751683; -84.38875
Completed 1869
Renovated 1981
Owner Georgia Building Center
Design and construction
Architect Max Corput
Architecture firm Corput and Bass
Other information
Seating capacity 800 (seated), 1300 (standing)
Website
Georgia Building Center

The Georgia Railroad Freight Depot (1869) is the oldest building in downtown Atlanta.

It is located on the east side of Central Avenue, bordered by the MARTA and freight railroad lines on its north side. It anchors the north side of Steve Polk Plaza, which contains the old World of Coca-Cola building at its south side and an entrance to Underground Atlanta, via a tunnel under Central Avenue, on its west side.

The depot was completed in 1869. The architects were (Max) Corput and Bass. It was the main freight depot for the Georgia Railroad and Banking Company.[1]

A fire in 1935 destroyed the upper floors and the cupola.[1]

In 1981 the building was renovated to accommodate events. It can accommodate 800 seated guests or 1300 standing.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b Historical Marker Database
  2. ^ "Freight Room", Georgia Building Authority

External links

  • Detailed tour of the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot (amateur video, 2011)
  • Georgia Railroad historical marker
GRRFD today
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